CRP Establishment

Common Mistakes Made When Establishing CRP

Even for the seasoned farmer, establishing CRP for the first time can prove to be tricky. The types of seed and equipment used in CRP are different from traditional crop seed and farming equipment. The end goal is different as well. Rather than planting farm crops that you’ll be harvesting in a few months, you’re establishing native perennial (and biennial) vegetation that will remain in place for at least …

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Preparing Land for CRP

As with traditional farming, the first step to planting CRP is land preparation. With CRP, however, you’re not planting row crops that will be harvested in a few months. You’re establishing native vegetation that will stay in place for at least 10-15 years. Land prep is critical to long term success.  The key to preparing land for …

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Dormant Seeding vs Spring Seeding in CRP

The best time to plant your CRP seed can vary depending on a number of factors including your location, the Conservation Practice you’re enrolled in, the seed you’re establishing, and more. It’s important to plant your seed at the correct time, or it may fail to properly germinate and grow.  Different seeds have different requirements for germination. …

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Herbicide Control for Canada Thistle in CRP

As we mentioned in a recent post, one of the first steps in weed control for CRP is to identify the weeds you are dealing with. Like any plant, weeds have different life cycles and seeding methods. They are resilient to some chemicals and weak to others. Once you’ve identified the weeds appearing on your CRP land, you can create an herbicide program …

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Deciphering CRP Seed Tags and Understanding the Importance of PLS

CRP seed tags are important. Not only are they required for you to receive your reimbursement from FSA, but they let you know what you’re actually planting on your land.  The first time you look at a seed tag, however, you might not understand what it all means. In addition to the seed name, variety, and origin, you’ll …

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Deciding on a CRP Program

Enrolling in the Conservation Reserve Program is a great way to restore soil health while still earning money on your land. As if that weren’t enough incentive, CRP also greatly benefits local water supplies and wildlife.  Within CRP, however, there are actually a number of conservation practices (practices) to choose from. These determine the general focus, seed mix selection, and more. Choosing the best practice for …

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Palmer Amaranth in CRP Seed

Weed control is an important part of CRP establishment. Left unchecked, weeds will steal away valuable space and resources from your CRP seed. This doesn’t just hurt germination, it might also cause your establishment to fail altogether.  While many weeds can be dealt with through herbicide application and regular mowing, some prove more resistant. One of the most infamous weeds among …

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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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