Fall is an excellent time to empty a catch basin.
“Maintaining an empty catch basin will help to reduce the risk of overflow next spring,” said Cody Metheral, a provincial extension specialist in confined feeding operations. “During pump-out, it is important to remember that overapplication of catch basin contents could result in run-off from the field, and producers should only apply liquids as field conditions allow.”
There are a number of resources available to help producers with emptying a catch basin, he said, including a fact sheet available at agriculture.alberta.ca.
“Plus, producers may be interested in the Growing Forward 2 funding support to construct new or improve an existing catch basin.”
Alberta Agriculture and Forestry also has a CADMAN liquid manure pump and CADMAN travelling sprinkler unit available for producers to borrow to empty their catch basins.
“The unit is currently in the Lethbridge area and operators are asked to complete equipment training and develop a catch basin management plan prior to use,” said Metheral.
For more information on catch basin management, funding support, and borrowing the catch basin pumping unit, call the Alberta Ag-Info Centre at 310-FARM (3276).