NEW All Agricultural Herbicide & Acetochlor BMPs Open for Public Comment
The MDA is seeking input on the following two revised BMP documents. These BMPs were drafted in 2004, revised in 2010, and recently revised again. The revisions proposed below were made in collaboration with the University of Minnesota Extension and other interested parties.
The purpose of these BMPs is to protect Minnesota's groundwater and surface water from potential herbicide contamination resulting from normal agricultural use. The MDA requests comments on the following two documents:
- Revised Water Quality Best Management Practices for All Agricultural Herbicides (PDF)
- Revised Water Quality Best Management Practices for Acetochlor (PDF)
Comments may be submitted August 6 - October 4, 2018. Comments must be submitted by 4:30 p.m. on October 4th, 2018.
Please submit comments and questions by email to:
Gurinderbir (G) Chahal
BMP Sheets: The BMPs for select herbicides are listed below. They were originally written in 2004 and updated in 2008.
- Water Quality Best Management Practices for Alachlor (PDF)
- Water Quality Best Management Practices for Atrazine (PDF)
- Water Quality Best Management Practices for Metolachlor (PDF)
- Water Quality Best Management Practices for Metribuzin (PDF)
- Herbicides Containing Acetochlor or Atrazine (PDF)
- Atrazine products which include and which do not include "terraced field" standpipe setback language on their labels (PDF)
- Best Management Practices for Acetochlor Poster (2008)
Provide the BMPs specific to the corn herbicide acetochlor. Prepared by the Acetochlor Registration Partnership in cooperation with the MDA.
- Protect Surface Water Poster (2007)
Illustrates the use of filter strips, a BMP for protecting water from runoff from field applied atrazine, acetochlor and other herbicides.
Required Atrazine Setbacks Poster
Illustrates mandatory atrazine application setbacks included on the label of any herbicide product containing atrazine. Unlike BMPs, which are voluntary practices, the application setback on this poster are label requirements.