CRP Seed Mixes

Black-Eyed Susan – A Great Addition to Pollinator Seed Mixes

Black-eyed Susan is a popular North American flower known for its bright yellow pedals and a dark, dome-shaped center from which its name is derived. The official name for black-eyed Susan is Rudbeckia hirta (though other flowers in the rudbeckia family are sometimes colloquially referred to as black-eyed Susan)      In addition to being the state flower of Maryland, black-eyed Susan served as …

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Why CRP Seed Tags Matter

When you’re purchasing CRP seed mixes, it’s important that you select quality regionally adapted seed that’s applicable to the particular conservation practice that you’re enrolled in. But it’s not enough to simply know you purchased the right seed. You need proof.   This is where seed tags come into play.  Seed tags are pieces of documentation that should …

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Switchgrass – A Great Addition for Your CRP Seed Mix

Once upon a time, the Midwest was covered in a variety of thick, native grasses. These grasses protected and enriched soil while providing habitat for local wildlife. Today, those native grasses are used for the same purposes through programs such as CRP.   One of the most prevalent types of native grass then and now is panicum …

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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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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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