What to Expect from the First Three Years of Native Planting

Establishing native seed can be a delicate process that differs from traditional crop planting in a number of ways. For those who are newly enrolled in CRP, you might not know what to expect. We regularly receive emails and calls from customers worried that they did something wrong or that the seed isn’t taking.  The answer is almost …

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Milkweed – Great for Pollinators, Essential for Monarch Butterflies

Named for the toxic milky substance that leaks out when damaged, milkweed is a perennial flowering plant with a lot to offer. Its fibers (known as floss) have been used for insulation, pillow stuffing, string, rope, and more. Meanwhile, its flowers provide a great source of nectar for a variety of pollinators.  But its most crucial role is serving as the birthing ground for monarch butterflies.  The monarch butterfly exclusively …

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What Makes a Good Pollinator Mix?

When it comes to establishing CRP, purchasing the right seed mix is very important. This is especially true for pollinator habitat. Not only do you need the seed to germinate, but it needs to attract pollinators once it’s grown.  To accomplish both of these goals, you need to select a quality CRP pollinator seed mix. What makes a good pollinator …

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Understanding the Importance of Local Ecotype Native Seed

Selecting the right seed mix for CRP can be daunting. After all, you can’t plant just any seed. Only mixes Compliant with the NRCS can be used in the program. The mixes available to a particular contract holder vary depending on the conservation practice (CP) that they’re enrolled in.  Even within the same CP, however, there are a variety of seed …

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