Ag Commissioner Says Revised Nitrogen Rule Coming Late Fall or Early Winter 09 Oct 17

A draft rule within 4 to 6 weeks.

State Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson, saying his department will be releasing a revised Draft Nitrogen Rule in late fall or early winter.

New regulation would limit fall fertilizer application in areas labeled “ground water vulnerable”, initial maps showing a dramatic impact in Northwest Minnesota. Fredrickson was present during public comment sessions earlier this year in Roseau, Warren and Hawley and is promising “common sense …”

The focus is on protecting rural and city drinking water from nitrogen contamination.

Local farmers say nitrogen can be applied safely in the fall using best practices; dependent on soil type, ground water flow and soil temperature. Although not standard in the fall; late season application can be important from a time and economic perspective; depending on fertilizer price and field conditions.

Ag specialists in the listening area say we don’t have a problem with nitrogen contamination of ground water in Northwest Minnesota.

Once the revised draft rule is release, there will be more opportunity for public comment before the final rural is adopted