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Assembling a Manure Spill Response Kit

January 21, 2014
Manure Spreader
Accidental spills can happen before spreading manure onto a field. Having a manure spill kit on-hand can make a lot of difference for neighbor relations.   

By: Erin Cortus, Assistant Professor & Environmental Quality Engineer, SDSU Extension

Manure spills can occur during the storage, transportation and application of manure. Advanced planning can minimize the impacts of a manure-related emergency. Part of this preparation includes assembling a manure spill response kit to have ready and accessible on the farm when needed, especially while pumping and applying manure.

The kit should include:

  1. A copy of the farm’s emergency response plan, if it has one, including emergency numbers and a site map;
  2. Hay or straw bales that could be used to block a culvert or build a berm or diversion;
  3. T-posts to support plywood or bale stacks;
  4. 14-inch diameter PVC pipe in both 3-foot and 2-foot sections to be used to cover tile inlets;
  5. Several 6-mil plastic sheets of approximately 12-foot x 25-foot lengths that could be applied to tile inlets or other sensitive areas with duct tape;
  6. At least one sheet of 4-foot x 4-foot plywood that could be used to block culverts. Round the plywood on one end to fit the curve of the ditch;
  7. Pliers, vice grips, fencing pliers, channel lock pliers, hammers, utility knife, hand saw, hatchet, post driver;
  8. 1 roll duct tape;
  9. Baling wire; and
  10. Sand shovels.

At the minimum, a mini-kit can be kept in the truck or tractor. The mini-kit should contain a sand shovel, duct tape, utility knife and 6-mil plastic sheets.

The steps for responding to a manure spill are outlined in the article Dealing with a Manure Spill.


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