Golf courses get green light early on nutrients

Today’s press release from Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship could be the first one to ever come from the department that quickens the pulses of golfers in the province.

It announced that golf courses across southern Manitoba can start applying nutrients to their fairways and greens, three weeks earlier than normal. (The same restriction has also been lifted for farmers on crop land.)

Traditionally, nutrients are banned prior to April 10 to ensure they aren’t applied to frozen ground and don’t run off when the soil thaws.

“This year’s unseasonably warm temperatures mean that soils across southern Manitoba are no longer frozen. This, combined with low moisture content, will guard against nutrient runoff to waterways,” the department said.

All other requirements of the nutrient management regulation remain in effect. Nutrients cannot be applied to sensitive lands along waterways or to lands classified as Nutrient Management Zone N4.

All golf courses and driving ranges must submit a nutrient management plan describing how they will manage nutrients during the 2012 growing season.

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