Conservation

Warm Season Grass Establishment Mowing Is Critical to Stand Success

Mowing

In order to most effectively begin your Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) project, you will need to establish a solid protocol for mowing your grass from the start, typically beginning in June. The seeds we plant need lots of heat, sun, and moisture in order to germinate. The soil temperature needs to stay above 65 degrees …

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Do Your Native Seeds Need Fertilizer?

NRCS COMPLIANT CRP MIXES BY STATE

Native plants occur naturally in a particular region and have adapted to the climates and soil from these local habitats. By nature, these plants are accustomed to growing in even the most difficult circumstances and can take the nutrients they need directly from the soil. Their robust nature means native crops often do not have …

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CRP to Be Expanded and Enhanced in 2021

Since taking office in January, President Biden and his administration have made it clear that sustainability and environmental protection are top priorities. While actions such as establishing a regulated carbon market could take some time to implement, the government is already expanding existing programs such as the Conservation Reserve Program.  CRP has proven to be one of the most successful voluntary conservation …

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Why Farmers Need to Take Soil Erosion Seriously

Every farmer understands how important topsoil is. After all, 95% of our food depends on it. Unfortunately, the US is losing topsoil 10x faster than it’s being replenished. Considering it takes at least 100 years for new topsoil to develop, this is a very serious issue.   It is not, however, a new issue.  We’ve lost over half of our topsoil over the past 150 …

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General CRP Enrollment for 2021 Has Been Extended

Annual enrollment for general CRP officially opened on January 4th of this year. Originally, enrollment was scheduled to close on February 12. However, the USDA has officially announced that enrollment will remain open for an unspecified period of time.  This means that farmers and landowners still have a chance to submit proposals and earn a contract for general CRP …

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