DOVER – Delaware farmers, lawn care companies, golf courses and other nutrient handlers should not apply nutrients to the ground during the winter months, the Delaware Department of Agriculture says in a reminder.
State regulations adopted by the Delaware Nutrient Management Commission in 2007 prohibit certified nutrient handlers from applying commercial and manure-based fertilizer from Dec. 7 to Feb. 15, the time of year most vulnerable for nutrient runoff. Application may also not occur on snow-covered or frozen ground, or on impervious surfaces such as sidewalks, roads or other paved areas.
“Most rain runoff occurs in the winter and spring, so this is the prime season,” said Nutrient Management Program Administrator Larry Towle. “Protecting fertilizer from runoff during the winter is imperative.”
Failure to comply with the winter application regulations may result in a compliance and enforcement hearing before the commission.