2013-2014 Cover Crop Update


Nutrient Management Update

The 2012 Nutrient Management Law is gradually being implemented. As of Spring 2013, Manure, biosolids, and other organic nutrient sources must be injected or incorporated into the soil within 48 hours of application. There are exceptions for spray irrigation on a growing crop, permanent pastures, hay production fields, and highly erodible fields. Information clarifying exceptions can be viewed HERE.

As of Spring 2014, farmers are required to establish a 35 foot setback for fertilizer applications adjacent to surface waters (including sediment control ponds and streams). Farmers are also required to establish a 10 foot setback for fields where livestock graze and where directed fertilizer application methods, such as injection are used. Land found to be in violation of these setbacks will not be eligible for participation in the CRP program at a later date. Farmers who are currently working with the District to implement a Soil Conservation and Water Quality plan may have the fencing requirement waived or postponed.

Information on this and additional requirements planned for 2015 and beyond can be viewed HERE. Feel free to contact the District at 301-590-2855 if you have any additional concerns or would like to know how the district can assist you in meeting the requirements of the new law.

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