By Tim Kowols
Kewaunee County Board member Lee Luft is in favor of the Department of Natural Resources’ proposed rules for manure spreading in northeast Wisconsin. If approved, farmers would be forbidden from spreading manure on land with less than two feet of soil to bedrock and on frozen or snow covered ground with five feet of soil to bedrock. Both restrictions would be stricter than what is already on the books in Kewaunee County, but in the wake of a Luxemburg farmer being fined $50,000 for improper manure spreading Luft says rules are only as good as the monitoring that goes with it.
The new proposed rules come after Dr. Mark Borchardt from the United States Department of Agriculture found a relationship between water recharge events, soil depth, and groundwater contamination in Kewaunee County. Don Niles from Peninsula Pride Farms said last week farmers will have to adjust and collaborate with other operators to properly spread their manure.