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LIMITED FALL N APPLICATION: Minnesota’s Groundwater Protection Rule, which takes effect in September, restricts fall application of nitrogen fertilizer in areas vulnerable to contamination.

Minnesota releases updated groundwater regulation maps

The updated Groundwater Protection Rule maps show where fall fertilizer applications will be restricted.

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has issued updated maps that will help farmers across the state comply with the Groundwater Protection Rule.

The Groundwater Protection Rule will reduce the risk of nitrate from fertilizer impacting groundwater in areas of the state where soils are prone to leaching and where drinking water supplies are threatened.

The rule will restrict fall application of nitrogen fertilizer in areas vulnerable to contamination and it outlines steps to reduce the severity of contamination in areas where nitrate is already elevated in public water supply wells.

The application of nitrogen fertilizer in the fall or on frozen soils will be restricted to quarter-sections of land where 50% or more of the quarter-section is in an area with vulnerable groundwater and in Drinking Water Supply Management Areas that have nitrate-nitrogen concentrations at or in excess of 5.4 milligrams per Liter nitrate-nitrogen.

An area with vulnerable groundwater is an area where nitrate can move easily through soil and into groundwater, contaminating drinking water sources. Some portions of the DWSMAs have low and very low vulnerability, those areas are not subject to the fall restriction.

MDAmap of Minnesota showing land impacted by Ground Water Protection Rule

CHECK THE MAP: Go online and view a map of Minnesota to see if your land is impacted by the state’s Groundwater Protection Rule.

Vulnerable areas for Part 1 of the rule are defined as:

Restriction of fall fertilizer applications will begin in vulnerable groundwater areas in September 2020.

To determine if restrictions apply to your land, view the maps on the MDA website

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