Crawford Soil & Water Conservation District
3111 State Route 98, Bucyrus, OH 44820 (419)-562-8280
 

Welcome!

    Our mission is to encourage and assist the people of Crawford County in making decisions for the wise use of our natural resources to provide a quality environment for all.



Conservation Districts are locally organized self-governing bodies chartered by the State. Through voluntary action and cooperation of landowners (and other stake holders), the District works to conserve land, water, forest, wildlife and other related resources for the benefit of all.


Important Criteria for Applying Manure/ Fertilizer

       Manure is prohibited from being applied under any of the following circumstances:

o   Ground is frozen or snow covered;       

o   Top 2 inches of the soil are saturated from precipitation;

o   Local weather forecast for the application area contains a greater than 50% chance of precipitation exceeding inch in the next 24 hours.

 

       Granular (Phosphorous or Nitrogen) Fertilizer is prohibited from being applied under any of the following circumstances

o   Ground is frozen or snow covered;

o   Top 2 inches of the soil are saturated from precipitation;

o   Local weather forecast for the application area contains a greater than 50% chance of precipitation exceeding 1 inch in the next 12 hours. 

 

Exceptions to the rules listed above apply when the following criteria are met:

o   Ground is not frozen or snow covered, or

o   Top 2 inches are not saturated, or

o   Favorable weather is forecast, or

o   Manure/Fertilizer is injected into the ground, or

o   Manure/Fertilizer is incorporated immediately (within 24 hours), or

o   Manure/Fertilizer is applied onto a growing crop (cover crop, hay or wheat).

 

If applying manure onto frozen or snow covered ground and all requirements listed above are being met, producers must still adhere to required setbacks from sensitive areas as follows:

       200ft from streams, rivers, drainage ditches, road ditches, grass waterways, tile inlets, ponds, surface drains, etc.

       200ft from residences

       200ft from private residential wells

       300ft from sink holes, springs or public drinking wells.

 

It is important to understand that lesser setbacks are still required when applying manure during times when the ground is NOT frozen or snow covered. Contact your local SWCD office for this specific information.