Wet weather to end the fall and heavy precipitation totals heading into the spring could make manure handling difficult for farmers in Door and Kewaunee Counties. Farmers are supposed to have 180 days of manure storage available on their operations. Some farmers were not able to get as much out to their fields in the fall because of the wet weather, which if spread on a wrong day could end up in area streams and contaminate local wells as runoff. Melting snow and spring rains could also cause issues for farmers down the road. Aaron Augustian of Augustian Farms in Kewaunee says his storage situation is looking good as of right now, but other farmers may have to make arrangements if necessary.
Kewaunee County farmers who use land with shallow soils have to wait until April 15th to spread manure due to the Public Health and Groundwater Protection ordinance passed in 2014.