Farmers are looking to the Kewaunee County Board for assistance when it comes to safely storing and spreading their manure this winter. A second straight year of record rainfall and snowmelt is keeping fields too saturated to farm while 30-40 million gallons of manure remains in storage heading into winter. The board is asking Governor Tony Evers through a resolution to allow large farms to temporarily spread manure on land not under nutrient management plans, transfer to smaller, compliant pits, and stop collecting all leachate water. Kewaunee County Land and Water Conservation Committee Member and owner of Augustian Farms Aaron Augustian says farmers have been trying everything they can to accomplish what needs to be done while also being mindful of protecting the area’s surface and groundwater.
Since September, there have been 13 times where severe runoff flowed into surface water tributaries and affected Kewaunee County wells following manure spreading events. The Kewaunee County Board meets on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.