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2016-2017 Cover Crop Survey

Click here to view the full report of the fifth annual cover crop survey. A big thank you to the USDA's Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program (SARE) and the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA), with help from Penton Media through their Corn and Soybean Digest publication. For results from previous years, please see below. The fifth annual cover crop survey by the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program and the Conservat ... more.

2012-2013 Cover Crop Survey

Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program and CTIC conducted the first cover crop user survey. More than 750 farmers from across the U.S. completed the survey, representing hundreds of thousands of acres of cover crops and drawing on cover cropping experience that goes back as far as 1948. The 2012 crop year was a challenging one in which to study yield impacts – much of the U.S. was impacted by drought, which pushed national per-acre corn production estimates down ... more.

2013-2014 Cover Crop Survey

... was a follow-up to a smaller survey in 2012-2013 (see below). Results show a yield boost from the use of cover crops in corn and soybeans, data on the costs of seed and establishment, the challenges and benefits farmers expect from cover crops and insight into how farmers learn to manage cover crops. Read the full report. See the news release for highlights. Results from the 2013 SARE/CTIC Cover Crop Survey were cited by USDA NRCS Chief Jason Weller in testimony on Capitol Hill. Our survey was also referenced in a New York Times Article - "Cover Crops, a Farming Revolution with Deep Roots in the Past."

2014-2015 Cover Crop Survey

A survey of more than 1,200 farmers across the country revealed that cover crops boosted corn yields last year by a mean of 3.66 bushels per acre (2.1%) and increased soybeans by an average of 2.19 bushels per acre (4.2%)—the third year in a row a yield increase following cover crops was recorded by the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) Cover Crop Survey. Read the full report.

2015-2016 Cover Crop Survey

Insight from 2,020 farmers from across the country found that the planted acreage of cover crops continued its steady rise - reaching an average of 298 acres per farm in 2015 and projected to grow to a mean of 339 acres in 2016. Those figures are more than double the acreage survey participants said they planted in 2011. After cover crops, corn yields rose an average 3.4 bushels per acre, or 1.9 percent, after cover crops, and soybean yields increased 1.5 bushels per acre, or 2.8 pe ... more.

SARE/CTIC Cover Crop Surveys

Cover crops offer a wide range of benefits to farmers, from erosion control to soil building to capturing nutrients and holding them in the root zone over the winter. As interest in cover crops continues to grow, it’s important to understand the trends, opportunities and challenges surrounding these important tools. Insight from farmers who use cover crops—or from those who haven’t yet mad ... more.

2016-2017 Cover Crop Survey

A big thank you to the USDA's Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program (SARE) and the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA), with help from Penton Media through their Corn and Soybean Digest publication. For results from previous years, please see below. The fifth annual cover crop survey by the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program and the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) draws on the insight of 2,102 farmers—88 percentof whom reported using cover crops and 12 percent who identified themselves as non-users—from across the U.S. Cereal rye remained the top choice of farmers for cover cropping, followed by oats and radish. S ... more.

CRM Data, OpTIS Data, Cover Crop Survey

... to measure at the county level the type of tillage used by crop. View the available online data collected from 1989 thru 2011. Learn More OpTIS Data The Operational Tillage Information System has been developed by Applied Geo Solutions and CTIC as a method for the automated use of remote sensing data to monitor conservation practices in agricultural systems. Learn More Cover Crop Survey As interest in cover crops continues to grow, it’s important to understand the trends, opportunities and challenges surrounding these important tools. Insight from farmers who use cover crops is vital for fellow farmers, as well as for crop advisors, conservation specialists and policymakers. Learn More

2012-2013 Cover Crop Survey

Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program and CTIC conducted the first cover crop user survey. More than 750 farmers from across the U.S. completed the survey, representing hundreds of thousands of acres of cover crops and drawing on cover cropping experience that goes back as far as 1948. The 2012 crop year was a challenging one in which to study yield impacts – much of the U.S. was impacted by drought, which pushed national per-acre corn production estimates down ... more.

2013-2014 Cover Crop Survey

... the survey, which was a follow-up to a smaller survey in 2012-2013 (see below). Results show a yield boost from the use of cover crops in corn and soybeans, data on the costs of seed and establishment, the challenges and benefits farmers expect from cover crops and insight into how farmers learn to manage cover crops. See the news releasefor highlights. Results from the 2013 SARE/CTIC Cover Crop Survey were cited by USDA NRCS Chief Jason Weller in testimony on Capitol Hill. Our survey was also referenced in a New York Times Article - "Cover Crops, a Farming Revolution with Deep Roots in the Past."

2014-2015 Cover Crop Survey

A survey of more than 1,200 farmers across the country revealed that cover crops boosted corn yields last year by a mean of 3.66 bushels per acre (2.1%) and increased soybeans by an average of 2.19 bushels per acre (4.2%)—the third year in a row a yield increase following cover crops was recorded by the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) Cover Crop Survey.

2015-2016 Cover Crop Survey

Insight from 2,020 farmers from across the country found that the planted acreage of cover crops continued its steady rise - reaching an average of 298 acres per farm in 2015 and projected to grow to a mean of 339 acres in 2016. Those figures are more than double the acreage survey participants said they planted in 2011. After cover crops, corn yields rose an average 3.4 bushels per acre, or 1.9 percent, after cover crops, and soybean yields increased 1.5 bushels per acre, or 2.8 pe ... more.

TAKE THE 2016 COVER CROP SURVEY

Click here to take the survey online for a chance to win a $100 gift card! Whether you plant them now, used to plant them or never tried… your insight is important. Your opinions will help guide policy, research and education on cover crops nationwide..

Take our SARE/CTIC Cover Crop Survey

Make a difference! Take our SARE/CTIC Cover Crop Survey and share your thoughts on cover crops. You’ll help guide cover crop research, and be eligible for a $100 gift card drawing!

NEW COVER CROP SURVEY SHOWS YIELD BOOST

The 2013-2014 CTIC and SARE national survey of farmers has documented a yield boost from the use of cover crops in corn and soybeans, as well as a wide variety of other benefits.

Cover Crops Research and Demonstration

... health across North America. Let's Do the Math On Cover Crops With a Conservation Innovation Grant from USDA NRCS and support from other partners, CTIC led a detailed research project into the agronomic, environmental and economic impact of cover crops in 7 states. Lessons learned ranged from better cover crop management to improved design of multi-variate studies. SARE/CTIC Cover Crop Surveys Cover crops offer a wide range of benefits to farmers, protecting fields from erosion, building healthy soils, and capturing nutrients and holding them in the root zone. CTIC and USDA's Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program surveyed farmers for years on their attitudes and approaches to cover crops. Our annual reports help guide policy and promotion around cover cr ... more.

Additional Resources

... of information on conservation agriculture. Click on one of the themes below to browse our site, or look for a particular practice or place in the search bar. Ag Consultant Resources Bees and Pollinators Buffer Strips Community Organizing Conservation Tillage Conservation Practices—Adoption Crop Residue Management (CRM) Survey Drainage Water Management Cover Crops Cover Crop Survey Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) Demonstration Projects Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Grazing and Rangeland Hypoxia Know Your Watershed Leadership Mississippi River Basin Initiative (MRBI) No-Till National Aquatic Resource Survey (NARS) National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI) Nutrient Management Operational Tillage Assessment System (OpTIS) Pasture ... more.

Reflecting on 2017

... you to everyone who attended from near and far and who helped support the tour. We continued to provide technical and educational support across the country through workshops and meetings that brought together farmers, researchers, regulators and policymakers. We continued to curate information and track trends in conservation agriculture through projects and surveys, such as our annual cover crop survey and our Let's Do the Math: Economic, Agronomic and Environmental Benefits of Cover Crops project.

Projects side column (Cover Crop)

Ag Consultant Training in Systems that Protect Water Quality National Aquatic Resources Workshop National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI) Operational Tillage Information System (OpTIS) Cover Crop Surveys

Reflecting on 2017...

... you to everyone who attended from near and far and who helped support the tour. We continued to provide technical and educational support across the country through workshops and meetings that brought together farmers, researchers, regulators and policymakers. We continued to curate information and track trends in conservation agriculture through projects and surveys, such as our annual cover crop survey and our Let's Do the Math: Economic, Agronomic and Environmental Benefits of Cover Crops project.

CTIC at COMMODITY CLASSIC

... to document the agronomic and economic benefits of cover crops. The 2015 Conservation in Action Tour in Minnesota, which will feature innovative partnership efforts for conservation farming success. CTIC’s work to track cover crop use and document the benefits of keeping the soil covered from harvest to planting. At the booth, pick up a copy of the 2013-2014 Cover Crop Survey Report to see how and why farmers across the country are planting cover crops. Farmers can take the 2015 cover crop survey right at the booth and get extra entries into CTIC’s prize drawing. And anyone can enter the drawing for Yeti Ramblers or handy smartphone chargers. (Need a sugar pick-me-up or something to bring home for the kids? CTIC will also be handi ... more.

Success Story June 2010

Rye cover crop seeded into corn residue. Photo courtesy of USDA Cover Crops Work with Various Crop Production Systems By Jason Johnson According to a panel of Iowa farmers, agronomists and soil conservationists, cover crops such as rye, wheat and clover are environmentally beneficial and with prope ... more.

CROP RESIDUE MANAGEMENT SURVEY

... assessment data as a core component of local watershed management plans. Activities CTIC is working to develop new software that will simplify the collection process, allow data to upload to CTIC's web site with a click of a button and tie collection points to GPS coordinates. With Purdue University, CTIC is exploring the use of remote sensing technology to estimate residue cover and, ideally, increase efficiency and accuracy of data collection. For More Information Visit the CRM Survey web page at www.ctic.org/CRM.

Using Cover Crops to Facilitate the Transition to Continuous No-Till

Using cover crops and continuous no-till together in a conservation system over time maximizes soil health and may lead to yield increases and other benefits. Photo courtesy of CTIC Using Cover Crops to Facilitate the Transition to Continuous No-Till Why this project? Using cover crops and continuous no-til ... more.

National Crop Residue Management Survey

The National Crop Residue Management (CRM) Survey is the only survey in the U.S. to measure at the county level the type of tillage used by crop. Tillage methods tracked are: no-till, mulch-till, reduced-till, and conventional tillage. Click here to see the tillage definitions. Available Data Data is available online from 1989 to 2008. Some of the data can be accessed without a password (unsecured data) and ... more.

The Great Crop Rotation Cover-Up

Josh Lloyd tries to do "what Mother Nature does" on his farm near Clay Center, Kansas. That means a no-till system combined with the planting of a polyculture of cover crops -- turnips, radishes and canola -- in rotation with his sorghum and wheat acres. Caldwell, Jeff. 2009. The great crop rotation cover-up. Agriculture Online. Using Cover_crops SAG 08 09 This is a literature review of cover crop benefits from Dabney et al. 2001 and Dabney 1996. Oilseed_Radish Oilseed radish is a unique cover crop that farmers are plan ... more.

Data on Conservation Practices

... CTIC has been the go-to source for data on the adoption of conservation practices across the U.S. Though federal support of the popular crop residue management transect survey ended in 2004, scientists, policy makers and marketers have continued to tap CTIC's databases. Now, we're at the forefront of using remote sensing to bring back state, regional and national data on crop residue and cover crop management. Operational Tillage Information System (OpTIS) The Operational Tillage Information System (OpTIS) has been developed by Applied GeoSolutions and CTIC as a method for the automated use of remote sensing (satellite-based) data to monitor conservation practices in agricultural systems, including various forms of reduced tillage and the planting of winter cover crops. Crop R ... more.

USING COVER CROPS TO FACILITATE THE TRANSITION TO CONTINUOUS NO-TILL

This project, funded by a 2008 Conservation Innovation Grant, promotes the use of cover crops to ease farmers’ transition to use of continuous no-till. Continuous no-till (CNT) has been around long enough that there is little doubt among experts of its many advantages. Despite the proven economic and environmental benefits of CNT, some farmers remain hesitant to fully adopt the system. In 2004, the National Crop Residue Management survey indicated that only 22.6 percent of far ... more.

Feature Story June 2010

Chicken litter being loaded into spreader truck in Northern Louisiana. Photo courtesy of USDA. Nurturing Crops, Protecting the Environment Emphasis on Sound Nutrient Management By Christa Martin Jones The emphasis on more and better nutrient management promises advances in farm profitability, conservation technology, and water quality improvements. Agriculture'sability to marry economy and environment, planning and implementation, and research and technology transf ... more.

Research and Technology Briefs Dec 2008 II

Research & Technology Briefs By Rachel Doctor Midwest Cover Crops Council Web Site Introduced Midwestern farmers wanting to learn more about cover crops now have a central information source where they can easily find practical ways to use them. The Midwest Cover Crops Council (MCCC) recently introduced a Web site as an educational tool to help expand the knowledge compiled since the group's formation two years ago to farmers and others ... more.

CTIC project updates

Cover Crop Math The outcomes of our Cover Crop Math project, which was completed in September, are still being shared widely.Corn & Soybean Digestused one of the fourteen feature stories produced by CTIC as the publication’s cover story in April. The story features Illinois farmers John and Dean Werries. Several more of those feature stories are scheduled to run inCorn & So ... more.

CTIC project updates

Cover Crop Math The outcomes of our Cover Crop Math project, which was completed in September, are still being shared widely.Corn & Soybean Digestused one of the fourteen feature stories produced by CTIC as the publication’s cover story in April. The story features Illinois farmers John and Dean Werries. Several more of those feature stories are scheduled to run inCorn & So ... more.

Cover Crop

A close-growing crop that temporarily protects the soil when crop residues are not adequate. How it works Crops including cereal rye, oats, clover, hairy vetch, and winter wheat are planted to temporarily protect the ground from wind and water erosion during times when cropland isn't adequately protected against soil erosion. How it helps Cover crops keep ground covered, add organic matter to the soil, trap nutrients, improve soil tilth and reduce weed competition. Planning ahead Do you have a seeding method that won't harm standing crops? Are adequate soil conservation measures installed? Tech notes Cover crops are most often recommended when low residue producing crops such as soybeans or corn silage are grown on ... more.

Cover Crop Workshop (August 25, 2009)

Tuesday, August 25th 9am to 5pm East Main Street Christian Church Elwood, Indiana Presentations from the meeting are below: Cover Crops, No-till, and Soil Quality, Dan Towery Indiana Specific Niches, Dave Robison You have heard about the benefits of cover crops, now learn how to make them work! Spend the day with an all star cast of speakers from Purdue University, NRCS, Michigan State University, CISCO seeds and Ag Conservation Solutions and learn how to use cover crops on your operation. The Conservation Te ... more.

CTIC project updates

Cover Crop Math: The research and field work for our Cover Crop Math project was completed this September. CTIC has produced a set of fourteen feature-style articles describing project outcomes and are currently working with Penton Media to determine whether any are a fit to run inCorn & Soybean Digest. Those decisions should be made within the next couple weeks, after which CTIC w ... more.

CTIC Project Updates

Cover Crop Math: The research and field work for our Cover Crop Math project was completed this September. CTIC has produced a set of fourteen feature-style articles describing project outcomes and are currently working with Penton Media to determine whether any are a fit to run in Corn & Soybean Digest. Those decisions should be made within the next couple weeks, after which CTIC ... more.

Indiana Best Management Practices Survey

A partnership of organizations including Conservation Technology Information Center, the Indiana Soybean Alliance, and The Fertilizer Institute measured adoption of conservation practices on Indiana farms.The survey revealed reasons farm operators and landownersdo not adopt conservation practices. Building onthe success of the recentnational Best Management Practices (BMPs) Survey, thissurvey recorded the conservation efforts of Indiana farmers and identified how to assist farmers in choosing appropriate and profitable conservation practices.

CTIC project updates

Supply Chain Sustainability in Iowa Last fall, CTIC finished the first phase of a project funded by the Iowa Department of Ag and Land Stewardship. For the last three years, this project enhanced an ongoing supply chain sustainability initiative with technical and financial support that helped participating farmers plant nearly 40,000 acres of cover crops. For our next step, CTIC is joining partners including The Nature Conservancy, Practical Farmers of Iowa, and Unilever to encourage greater adoption of conservation systems among farmers already enrolled in supply chain sustainability initiatives. This project will focus outreach and education on farmers in on Iowa’s Skunk watersheds, as well as utilizing the recently develop ... more.

Tillage Type Definitions

Crop Residue Management (CRM) A year-round system beginning with the selection of crops that produce sufficient quantities of residue and may include the use of cover crops after low residue producing crops. CRM includes all field operations that affect residue amounts, orientation and distribution throughout the period requiring protection. Site-specific residue cover amounts needed are usually expressed in percentage but may also be in pounds. CRM is an “umbrella” term encompassing several tillage systems including no-till, ridge-till, mulch-till ... more.

COVER CROPS AND CONSERVATION TILLAGE REDUCE NONPOINT SOURCE POLLUTION

This project, funded by EPA's Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, will demonstrate the effectiveness of cover crops and conservation tillage systems to decrease agricultural nonpoint source pollution and inform producers about the economic benefits of the systems. CTIC and partners will assist agricultural producers in the Lake Michigan, Lake Erie, and Lake Huron watersheds with implementation of cover crops and conservation tillage systems on 15,000 acres by April 2013. Producers will receive technical, ... more.

Crop Rotation - Core 4

... costs may be reduced by naturally breaking the cycles of weeds, insects and diseases. Grass and legumes in a rotation protect water quality by preventing excess nutrients or chemicals from entering water supplies. Meadow or small grains cut soil erosion dramatically. Crop rotations add diversity to an operation. Planning ahead Do you have use for other crops? Cover crops may help in crop rotation. Tech notes Crops must be suited to your soils. Design crop rotations to meet the residue needs of your crop residue management plans. Rotations that include small grains or meadow provide better erosion control. Small grains and meadow can always be used to replace any row crop or low residue crop to gain better erosion control. Corn (grain ... more.

Crop Residue Management

Leaving last year's crop residue on the soil surface by limiting tillage. Includes no-till, mulch-till and ridge till. How it works Leaving last year's crop residue on the surface before and during planting operations provides cover for the soil at a critical time of the year. The residue is left on the surface by reducing tillage operations and turning the soil less. Pieces of crop residue shield soil particles from rain and wind until plants can produce a protective canopy. How it helps Ground cover prevents soil erosion and protects water quality. Residue improves soil tilth and adds organic matter to t ... more.

CTIC's "Let's Do The Math On Cover Crops" Makes Headlines

CTIC's far-reaching Economic, Agronomic and Environmental Benefits of Cover Crops project - commonly called "Let's Do The Math on Cover Crops" - is in the final stage of pulling together data on the impact of cover crops on honey bee habitat. With data from The Ohio State University, CTIC will soon provide insight into cost-effective opportunities to provide pollinator forage on agricultural landscapes. In the meantime, ... more.

CTIC is doing the math on cover crops. You can, too.

CTIC’s Economic, Agronomic and Environmental Benefits of Cover Crops project, usually called "Cover Crop Math," will pencil out the full range of benefits that cover crops bring to the farm and surrounding areas. Twenty-one farmers in seven states across the Midwest are sharing samples and information from their operations which project partners are analyzing. Four farmers are conducting additional nitrogen rate strip trials to quantify opportuniti ... more.

Great Lakes Cover Crop Initiative

Great Lakes Cover Crop Initiative The Great Lakes Cover Crop Initiative (GLCCI) is a regional effort to establish 15 thousand acres of cover crops in the Lake Michigan, Lake Erie and Lake Huron watersheds in three years. This goal will be accomplished through extensive outreach through field days, workshops and other conservation events. In addition to the outreach events, GLCCI coordinators are wo ... more.

Conservation Tillage Photos and Graphics

... to improve water quality. Size: 1000 x 672 pixels (447k) Source: CTIC Standing stalks of corn (in the foreground) will slowly decompose to provide a natural mulch for the new seeds that are to be planted by the oncoming tractor. Size: 671 x 1000 pixels (176k) Source: Farm Journal Rows of soybean plants emerge from a field covered with old corn stalks from the previous harvest. These soybeans were planted in narrower (15-inch) rows because as they mature their big leaves will quickly shade the ground, making it harder for the sun to warm weed seeds that may lie between the rows. This natural canopy from the growing soybean plants can help farmers reduce the need for herbicides (weed killers). Size: 671 x 1000 pixe ... more.

Cover Crops - An Essential Tool for Sustainable Cropping Sys

The use of cover crops is steadily increasing throughout the United States. Many no-till farmers consider cover crops to be the next step in conservation agriculture. Leaving the soil undisturbed and keeping something growing as many days as possible restores the natural cycles of the soils. Residues and roots create more organic matter in the soils. Increased organic matter serves as a food source to various ... more.

Cover Crops - An Essential Tool for Sustainable Cropping Sys

The use of cover crops is steadily increasing throughout the United States. Many no-till farmers consider cover crops to be the next step in conservation agriculture. Leaving the soil undisturbed and keeping something growing as many days as possible restores the natural cycles of the soils. Residues and roots create more organic matter in the soils. Increased organic matter serves as a food source to various ... more.

Indian Creek Watershed Project

... including a booklet and video on leadership lessons and partnership development based on experiences from the project. A series of fact sheets—distributed to farmers, ag retailers, and crop consultants by CTIC and the local Soil and Water Conservation District—captured key lessons from the project, including: Creating your own demonstration plots Establishing and managing cover crops Spring and split applications of nitrogen Understanding MERN Using enhanced-efficiency nitrogen sources Six video vignettes profiled farmers active in the project, detailing their conservation practices. The CTIC website for the project logged nearly 20,000 page views during the funding period. Project Sponsors and Partners The key to the success of the Indian Creek Water ... more.

Soil Quality: More than a Soil Test

... rapidly decompose organic matter. Mike Hubbs (left), agronomist with NRCS, collecting core sample for bulk density while waiting on respiration test. This high rate of biological activity in a system of low residue inputs decreases soil organic matter. Less organic matter degrades overall soil quality. A no-till system with crop rotations and/or cover crops balances decomposition with organic matter inputs from crop roots and residues, providing a more stable system. As a result, organic matter levels are maintained, or even increased, and biological activity is improved. High respiration with high inputs indicates good soil quality. “Crop rotations, cover crops, no-till or conservation tillage can improve soil respiration,&rdquo ... more.

What is a Crop Nutrient Management Plan?

... Recommended timing. When does the soil temperature drop below 50 degrees? Will a nitrogen stabilizer be used? What’s the tillage practice? Strip-till corn and no-till corn require different timing approaches than corn planted into a field that’s been tilled once with a field cultivator. Will a starter fertilizer be used to give the seedling a healthy start? How many acres can be covered with available labor (custom or hired) and equipment? Does your manure application depend on a custom applicator’s schedule? What agreements have been worked out with neighbors for manure use on their fields? Is a neighbor hosting a special event over the weekend? All these factors and more will likely figure into the recommended timing. 9. Recommended methods. Surface or injected? W ... more.

Operational Tillage Information System (OpTIS)

... to Monitor Conservation Practices The Operational Tillage Information System (OpTIS) has been developed by Applied GeoSolutions (AGS) and the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) as a method for the automated use of remote sensing (satellite-based) data to monitor conservation practices in agricultural systems, including various forms of reduced tillage and the planting of winter cover crops. While the OpTIS calculations are performed and validated at the farm-field scale, the privacy of individual producers is fully protected by distributing only spatially-aggregated results – at the county and watershed (8-digit HUC) scale. CTIC has been the primary source of this type of conservation practice monitoring data for nearly 30 years. In partnership with USDA and many oth ... more.

Demonstration: Nitrogen Application Timing

... Time Make nutrients available when crops need them Time the application Consider controlled release technologies and inhibitors Choose fertilizer product Right Place Keep nutrients where crops can use them Choose application method Incorporate fertilizer Use buffer strips Use conservation tillage Implement cover crop systems Right Rate Match amount of fertilizer to crop needs Test soils Yield goal analysis Crop removal balance Nutrient management planning Plant tissue analysis Record keeping Variable rate technology Site-specific management Sponsors

Nitrogen Application Timing

... Consider controlled release technologies and inhibitors + Choose fertilizer product Right Place Keep nutrients where crops can use them + Choose application method + Incorporate fertilizer + Use buffer strips + Use conservation tillage + Implement cover crop systems Right Rate Match amount of fertilizer to crop needs + Test soils + Yield goal analysis + Crop removal balance + Nutrient management planning + Plant tissue analysis + Record keeping + Variable rate technolog ... more.

Agricultural Drainage Management: Benefits Could Range from the Bin to the Gulf

... a more regulatory approach," he predicts. "I'd rather be part of a preemptive movement." Drainage Water Management Is Part of the Conservation Agriculture Continuum Grower Tony Thompson of Windom, Minn., sees his drainage water management system as an integral part of his broad approach to conservation agriculture, which includes ridge-till, cover cropping, closed tile intakes and other best management practices. "The farmer has to think about water before the rain droplets strike the soil," Thompson notes. "The first thought is how to try to prevent the raindrop from striking bare soil. Once it's on the soil surface, we want it seeping into the ground and not running off the field, so we're working on ... more.

Crop Nutrient Management Facts

Crop Nutrient Management Facts What is it? It is a system of crop production with little, if any, tillage. It increases the residue from the crop that remains in the field after harvest through planting. This results in increased natural recycling of crop residues. Used on 38% (109 million acres) of all U.S. cropland (293 million planted acres). Goal is 50% (146 million acres) ... more.

2015 Tour Wrap-Up

From the cover crops of the Hmong American Farmers Association farm near Hastings to Northfield farmer Dave Legvold’s saturated buffers and the impeccable dairy and manure handling system at Burfeind Dairy Farm near Goodhue, participants in the Conservation Technology Information Center’s (CTIC) eighth annual Conservation in Action Tour got a first-hand look at systems that protect water quality, bu ... more.

Helping People, Land and Water: The Cover Crop Story

What do farms, water quality and the Great Lakes have in common? They all are helped by cover crops. Through the Great Lakes Cover Crop Initiative, CTIC and partners planted 36,970 acres of cover crops, providing many benefits to farmers in the Great Lakes region. Hear from three farmers in the Great Lakes basin, a researcher on Lake Erie and a Michigan State University Extension educator as they present "The Cover Crop Story."

2010 NLA Workshop

2010 NLA Workshop November 1-2, 2010 Oklahoma City, OK Draft Agenda November 1, 2010 1:00 - 1:30 pm 2012 NLA overview,Amina Pollard, EPA Each indicator group will have two hours to present their analysis of potential indicators for the 2012 lakes survey and discuss their thoughts with the steering committee. 1:30 - 3:30 pm Water Quality Indicators 3:30 - 5:30 pm Physical Habitat Indicators November 2, 2010 9:00 - 11:00 am Biological Indicators 11:00 - 12:30 pm Lunch (on own) 12:30 - 2:30 pm Recreational Indicators 2:30 - 4:00 pm ... more.

TAKE CTIC'S NEW SURVEYS ON CROPPING DECISIONS

Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) and the Howard G. Buffett Foundation want to learn more about producer cropping decisions. We invite producers to spend a few minutes answering two short surveys about their agricultural operations. Participants could win one of several prizes, including two $100 gift cards. You can double your chances of winning by completing both surveys. Please click here to take Cropping Decisions Survey #1 Please click here to take Cropping Decisions Survey ... more.

AQUATIC RESOURCES WORKSHOPS

In 2010, CTIC received a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to fund the "Aquatic Resource Monitoring Technical Training Workshops for States, Tribes and Other Stakeholders" project. Over the next three years, CTIC will provide the leadership and technical support to conduct seven aquatic resource-specific workshops and two national conferences covering all aquatics resource types. These workshops and conferences will enhance the collaboration, communication, coordination and technology transfer among over 800 professional attendees. Using a national network of conservation and agricultural leaders, CTIC will assist EPA, states and tribes in strengthening partnerships with agricultural communities to address nonpoint source pollution. ... more.

Countour Strip Cropping

... and contouring combined in equal-width strips of corn or soybeans planted on the contour and alternated with strips of oats, grass or legumes. How it works Crops are arranged so that a strip of meadow or small grain is alternated with a strip of row crop. Not more than half a field can be planted to row crops. Meadow slows runoff, increases infiltration, traps sediment and provides surface cover. Ridges formed by contoured rows slow water flow which reduces erosion. Rotating the strips from corn to legumes allows nutrient-needy crops to benefit from the nitrogen added to the soil by legumes. This practice combines the beneficial effects of contouring and crop rotation. How it helps Contour stripcropping reduces soil erosion and protects water quality. Contour stripcropping may h ... more.

Southern Plains Agricultural Resources Coalition (SPARC)

... and profitability through greater use of no-till practices and conservation systems for producers, consumers, and communities by promotion of market based incentives, education, demonstration, participation, and research. Area We Serve The Southern Plains Agricultural Resources Coalition (SPARC) serves an area of Oklahoma west of Interstate 35. The goal of SPARC is to broaden its coverage to neighboring states in the southern plains region. Who We Serve SPARC serves producers of agriculture products as well as consumers. This includes all communities, policy makers, tribes, landowners, and water users throughout rural and urban areas. Priority Resource Concerns SPARC has determined that the three priority resource concerns with the greatest potential for ben ... more.

…and looking forward to 2018!

... agriculture is actively addressing water quality concerns. Helping farmers and members of the supply chain document how they are sustainably providing commodities to downstream partners and how farming more sustainably can have a positive impact on the farmer’s bottom line. Working with partners to implement a remote sensing project that can help to estimate crop residue amounts and cover crop acreage using satellite photos and publically available data.This is the next generation of our traditional Crop Residue Management (CRM) survey. Working with beekeepers and farmers to improve pollinator habitat options and overall pollinator health by using best practices on the farms and in the hives.

...and looking forward to 2018!

... agriculture is actively addressing water quality concerns. Helping farmers and members of the supply chain document how they are sustainably providing commodities to downstream partners and how farming more sustainably can have a positive impact on the farmer’s bottom line. Working with partners to implement a remote sensing project that can help to estimate crop residue amounts and cover crop acreage using satellite photos and publically available data. This is the next generation of our traditional Crop Residue Management (CRM) survey. Working with beekeepers and farmers to improve pollinator habitat options and overall pollinator health by using best practices on the farms and in the hives.

15,000 ACRES OF COVER CROPS

CTIC recently received a Grant from EPA’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative that will fund the promotion of cover crops and conservation tillage in the Lake Erie, Lake Huron and Lake Michigan Watersheds. Agricultural producers will be provided with technical, educational and social support which will work together to create strong cover crop and conservation tillage systems that can be sustained after the project ends. Education CTIC will work with partners to host 18 workshops in the three waters ... more.

Conservation Reserve Program - Exit Strategies

... NRCS and Washington State Farm Service Agency have worked to develop CRP exit strategies to encourage, allow and assist farmers with maintaining the environmental benefits of land formerly under CRP. The working group has investigated some options, and will ask for input from groups with a vested interest in the outcome. The best option for some CRP land is to remain under permanent cover. Fortunately, programs are in place for such land, following the sage advice, “Farm the best; enhance the rest.” To pursue the “best,” the working group looked into changing the access dates and eliminating the penalty for early access. The proposal included a staged takeout strategy to allow growers early, penalty-free access to half their CRP acres, after Feb. 1 in ... more.

CTIC Launches New Conservation Information Website

... practices, has launched its brand-new website at www.ctic.org. The easy-to-search, simple-to-navigate site contains thousands of documents and links to information on conservation farming systems. Among the highlights are: A searchable database from the Operational Tillage Information System (OpTIS), which uses satellite imagery to provide detailed data on tillage practices and cover crops at the county or watershed (HUC-8) scale; Cover crop insight, including details of the economic and environmental benefits of cover crops and the results of five annual farmer surveys on cover crop use; Tips on organizing watershed groups and multi-stakeholder conservation efforts, including tips, analysis of knowledge transfer, and ideas for creating effective demonstration plots; Re ... more.

Cover Crops - An Essential Tool for Sustainable Cropping Systems

The use of cover crops is steadily increasing throughout the United States. Many no-till farmers consider cover crops to be the next step in conservation agriculture. Leaving the soil undisturbed and keeping something growing as many days as possible restores the natural cycles of the soils. Residues and roots create more organic matter in the soils. Increased organic matter serves as a food source to various ... more.

Whatcom County Dairy Farmers Tackle Water Quality Challenges

... the nutrients from three to four applications of manure per year. Heavy growth and mild winter weather generally yield five cuttings per year, cycling nutrients back to their 710 cows. The brothers also practice “relay cropping.” As they cultivate 270 acres of corn ground in early summer, they blow on 30 to 50 pounds of grass seed per acre. After the corn is harvested, a lush cover crop is already in place to protect soil from erosion, capture nutrients in the soil, and filter sediment from stormwater. The brothers apply manure, harvest the grass for forage in the spring, then plant corn again. “It’s usually winter Italian ryegrass or cereal rye,” said Lenssen. “They grow well over the winter, take manure in the spring, and they’re good feed ... more.

Conservation Tillage

Conservation Tillage Facts What is it? It is a system of crop production with little, if any, tillage. It increases the residue from the crop that remains in the field after harvest through planting. This results in increased natural recycling of crop residues. Used on 38% (109 million acres) of all U.S. cropland (293 million planted acres). Goal is 50% (146 million acres) of the planted cropland in the U.S. by 2004. Where is ... more.

Manure: What’s It Worth?

... are a lot of variables in calculating the value of manure. Some are chemical, some are biological, and some are regulatory. All require careful consideration. What’s valuable about it? One of the challenges of setting a value on manure is considering whether all of its contents are actually delivering a benefit. Manure is only valuable if it causes a crop response, notes Jon Rauch, Extension program director for The Ohio State University’s Environmental Management program. Part of predicting crop response is recognizing which nutrient(s) are boosting yields. Commercial fertilizer can be tailored to match crop needs, in proportion, for each nutrient in a single application. Manure, on the other hand, tends to be relatively high ... more.

Wildlife Upland Habitat

Creating, maintaining or improving food and cover for upland wildlife. How it works Planting trees, shrubs, grass and other vegetation that provide cover and food will attract wildlife to an area. The type of habitat provided will determine the kind and numbers of wildlife attracted. How it ... more.

Critical Area Planting

Planting grass or other vegetation to protect a badly eroding area from soil erosion. How it works Grass, legumes, trees or shrubs are established in small, isolated areas of excessive erosion. The vegetation provides surface cover to stop the raindrop splash and slow water flow. How it helps It reduces soil erosion. A vegetated area improves water quality by reducing the amount of sediment, nutrients and chemicals running off farmland. Protects areas such as dams, terrace backslopes or gullied areas when vegetation may be difficult to establish. Vegetation can be planted to provide small areas of nesting cove ... more.

International Meeting Spotlights Conservation Agriculture's Role in Mitigating Climate Change

... in a mass of soil 2.5 acres in area and 3 feet deep. Complex chemistry dictates that the soil can only sequester a limited amount of carbon per year, and that after a certain number of years – scientists believe it is 15 to 20 years – a field reaches a plateau. To make it even more complex, the soil's capacity to store carbon depends on soil type, tillage system, the use of cover crops, cropping history and how much carbon it lost in the first place. Research from highly degraded soils in South America put into improved pasture showed dramatic jumps in carbon levels after five years – much higher storage than Midwestern soils in the U.S. Deep-rooted pasture plants also have the capacity to place carbon deeper into poor South American soils than annual crops do in co ... more.

Cover crop effects on the fate of N following soil application of swine manure.

The objectives of this study were to determine if a rye (Secale cereale L.) cover crop increases N retention after soil application of swine lagoon slurry. <span style="font-size:11.0pt; line-height:115%;Calibri" ,"sans-serif";times="" new="" roman";times="" roman";"="">Cover crop effects on the fate of N following soil application of swine manure

Cover crop effects on soil water relationships.

Cover crops help control erosion, prevent nutrient leaching, fix nitrogen, improve sail conditions, and protect seedlings, but also use water, thus affecting soil water relationships far the next crop. <span style="font-size:11.0pt;line-height:115%;Calibri" ,"sans-serif";times="" new="" roman";times="" roman";"="">Cover ... more.

Conservation In Action Tour 2011 Post-Tour News Release

... and profitability. Participants travelled to the Mavis Farm, where Gary and Scott Mavis shared their philosophy on conservation and how they are systematically transitioning their operation to a successful, profitable no-till system. John McGuire, Simplified Technology Services, discussed precision ag technology. Then at Allen Dean's 1,900-acre corn, soybean and cover crop operation, visitors heard a presentation by Frank Gibbs, USDA resource soil scientist, who discussed the benefits of cover crops to soil health. View a video of Gibbs’ presentation. Dean presented how he uses cover crops to improve water infiltration, soil quality and erosion control. Todd Hesterman hosted the final farm stop where tour attendees joined in dis ... more.

Training

Drawing on deep technical expertise as well as organizational experience, CTIC has planned and facilitated meetings, workshops and trainings around the world. CTIC works closely with federal and state agencies, conservation districts, and non-profits to ensure effective two-way communication. Current training programs include technical workshops for EPA staff and partners as well as sessions for crop consultants and other farm advisors. NARS Technical Training Workshops Working with US EPA on its National Aquatic Resource Survey (NARS) program, CTIC provides leadership and technical support for State and Tribal Aquatic Resource Monitoring Technical Training Workshops, including 2 national programs and up to 10 aquatic-resource-specific trainings, between 2016 and 2020. The workshops enh ... more.

Water Quality Monitoring Program

... of nutrient management practices that apply the right source of fertilizer at the right rate, time and place by calculating nutrient use efficiency (NUE) on the same fields where tile outlets are monitored for nitrate concentrations. Diagram of automatic sampler. Courtesy of USDA-ARS. Outcomes will include discovering the impacts of practices demonstrated and their effects on N content of tile water as well as demonstrating nutrient use efficiency, supported by increased net yields, to influence producer adoption of the practices. Project outreach activities will share progress and results with producers (and others) and collect feedback about producer perceptions, attitudes and intentions toward future use ... more.

Great Lakes Cover Crop Initiative Watershed Coordinators

A highly qualified crop consultant (watershed coordinator) has been identified in each watershed to provide one on one technical support to the producers who participate in this program. These people will meet with producers and help them make important decisions to ensure a successful transition to using a cover crop and conservation tillage system. Lake Michigan Coordinator Christina Curell Central Region Water Quality Educator, Mecosta 14485 Northland Drive Big Rapids, MI, 49307 Phone: (231) 592-0792 Cell: (231) 287-8617 Email: curellc@msu.edu Christina graduated from Mic ... more.

Strip-till Nitrogen

... Traub’s grow corn, soybeans and specialty hybrid seed corn, as well as hybrid sunflowers. The operation includes over 4,000 acres and has grown steadily through teamwork and solid relationships. Livingston County SWCD named the Traub’s Conservation Farm Family of 2010. Conservation Systems Strip-till corn and no-till beans in rotation cover the majority of our acres. A continuous corn system, matched with conservation mulch till and some strip-till, is used on our flatter and more productive farms or where manure is available for the fertility requirements. Producers! Interested in trying one of our demonstration practices? Contact Terry Bachtold at 815-848-4455. More... ... more.

Livestock Waste Management June 2010

... Dean Hively Decision Support Tools – Using GIS for Environmental Adaptive Management Dr. Dean Hively, Research Scientist, USGS Eastern Geographic Center, Reston VA and USDA Agriculture Research Service Hydrology and Remote Sensing Laboratory, Beltsville, MD highlights mapping tools in collaboration with the Chesapeake Bay Program for evaluating the performance and management of winter cover crops through an innovative combination of satellite remote sensing and site-specific agronomic data, estimating field-specific cover crop biomass and nitrogen uptake, enabling the calculation of program cost per pound of nitrogen sequestration at the landscape scale. Dr. Ann Swinker Best Management and Environmental Stewardship on Equine Operations Dr. Ann Swinker, Extens ... more.

What are Conservation Buffers?

... a producer’s commitment to conservation and their willingness to protect the environment. Benefits of Conservation Buffers * Slow water runoff. * Remove up to 50% or more of nutrients and pesticides in runoff. * Remove up do 60% or more of pathogens in runoff. * Remove up to 75% or more of sediment in runoff. * Reduce noise and odor. * Serve as a source of food, nesting cover, and shelter for wildlife. * Stabilize streambanks and reduce water temperature in stream. * Provide a setback distance for agricultural chemical use from watercourses. * reduce downstream flooding * Represents profitable, common sense conservation for landowners. * Reduced risk of tractor rollover due to set back of steep ditch or creek. * Take advantage of incentives. provided to es ... more.

Managing Cover Crops Profitably (Handbook from the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program)

Managing Cover Crops Profitablyexplores how and why cover crops work and provides all the information needed to build cover crops into any farming operation. Managing Cover Crops Profitably, 3rd Edition

Demonstration: Slow Release Fertilizer

... Time Make nutrients available when crops need them Time the application Consider controlled release technologies and inhibitors Choose fertilizer product Right Place Keep nutrients where crops can use them Choose application method Incorporate fertilizer Use buffer strips Use conservation tillage Implement cover crop systems Right Rate Match amount of fertilizer to crop needs Test soils Yield goal analysis Crop removal balance Nutrient management planning Plant tissue analysis Record keeping Variable rate technology Site-specific management Sponsors

Sidedress Phosphorus + MicroEssentials

... Time Make nutrients available when crops need them Time the application Consider controlled release technologies and inhibitors Choose fertilizer product Right Place Keep nutrients where crops can use them Choose application method Incorporate fertilizer Use buffer strips Use conservation tillage Implement cover crop systems Right Rate Match amount of fertilizer to crop needs Test soils Yield goal analysis Crop removal balance Nutrient management planning Plant tissue analysis Record keeping Variable rate technology Site-specific management Sponsor

Slow Release Fertilizer

... release technologies and inhibitors + Choose fertilizer product Right Place Keep nutrients where crops can use them + Choose application method + Incorporate fertilizer + Use buffer strips + Use conservation tillage + Implement cover crop systems Right Rate Match amount of fertilizer to crop needs + Test soils + Yield goal analysis + Crop removal balance + Nutrient management planning + Plant tissue analysis + Record keeping + V ... more.

Sidedress Phosphorus + MicroEssentials

... Consider controlled release technologies and inhibitors + Choose fertilizer product Right Place Keep nutrients where crops can use them + Choose application method + Incorporate fertilizer + Use buffer strips + Use conservation tillage + Implement cover crop systems Right Rate Match amount of fertilizer to crop needs + Test soils + Yield goal analysis + Crop removal balance + Nutrient management planning + Plant tissue analysis + Record keeping + Variable rate technology ... more.

Contour Buffer Strip

... are placed across the slope on a contour. The alternating strips of grass or other permanent vegetation slow runoff flow, trap sediment from the crop strips above, and increase water infiltration. Because the buffer strip is established on the contour, runoff flows evenly across the entire surface of the grass strip, reducing sheet and rill erosion. How it helps Vegetation provides cover and habitat for small birds and animals. The strips reduce erosion by slowing water flow and increasing water infiltration. By reducing siltation and filtering nutrients and chemicals from runoff, grass strips improve water quality. Planning ahead Have you decided whether you want parallel crop strips or parallel buffer strips? Are other conservation measures such as crop res ... more.

4R Nutrient Stewardship: Why Now?

... tools help farmers assess the variability of a field and, in turn, allow for a more accurate determination of fertilizer and agricultural input needs. Variable rate technology allows different rates of fertilization, seeding and secondary application of nutrients. Additional BMPs, including no-till and low-till systems, conservation buffers and nitrate reducers, are being implemented. Cover crops are also being used to hold the soil in place and prevent erosion, while reducing a crop’s overall nitrogen needs through bacterial fixation. Whether farmers rely upon their own knowledge or the agronomic expertise of a fertilizer retailer, certified crop advisor (CCA), farm manager or extension services specialist, BMPs that incorporate one or more elements of the 4R n ... more.

Are cover crops being used in the US corn belt?

The benefits of using cover crops are well established, but adoption in agronomic farming systems is unknown. The objectives of this study were to quantify cover crop use and identify factors associated with their adoption. Are cover crops being used in the US corn belt?

Grassed Waterway

... drainage way is graded and shaped to form a smooth, bowl-shaped channel. This area is seeded to sod-forming grasses. Runoff water that flows down the drainage way flows across the grass rather than tearing away soil and forming a larger gully. An outlet is often installed at the base of the drainage way to stabilize the waterway and prevent a new gully from forming. How it helps Grass cover protects the drainage way from gully erosion. Vegetation may act as a filter, absorbing some of the chemicals and nutrients in runoff water. Vegetation provides cover for small birds and animals. Planning ahead Is major land reshaping needed? Is there a proper outlet for surface runoff at the bottom of the waterway? Are soil conservation measures installed to prevent siltation? ... more.

Field Border

... rows, which would be planted up and down hill and be highly erosive. Field borders are sometimes referred to as picture frames of grass, and are used with contour farming, terrace, buffer strip and contour stripcropping systems. The grass or legume in the strip protects steep field edges from soil erosion, and provides turning and travel lanes around the field. How it helps Vegetative cover reduces sheet and rill erosion by slowing water flow. Vegetation filters runoff to improve water quality. Grass and legume strips may be harvested in some cases and are easier to turn on than end rows. Vegetation provides cover and habitat for small birds and animals. Planning ahead Will the width be wide enough to turn your equipment? Can that land qualify for set aside? Tech ... more.

Past Tours

... into the latest approaches farmers are using for soil, water and air quality conservation. Highlights included the importance of water management on diversified crop operations, how a feedlot manages their pens, manure, and composting, plus an engineered wetland, the soil building strategies in potato rotations and how one family farm is building the thin soils on their sloping operation through cover cropping, no-till and the reintroduction of livestock to the operation. Find out more on our tour wrap-up page. Conservation in Action Tour 2015 From the cover crops of the Hmong American Farmers Association farm near Hastings to Northfield farmer Dave Legvold’s saturated buffers and the impeccable dairy and manure handling system at Burfeind Dairy Farm near Goodhue, participants ... more.

The gap between cover crop knowledge and practice

Cover crops can provide a multitude of environmental benefits, including reducing soil erosion, minimizing nitrogen leaching, and increasing soil carbon storage (Delgado et al. 2007; Singer et al. 2007; Hargrove 1991). Anderson-Wilk, M. 2008. The gap between cover crop knowledge and practice. J. Soil Water Conserv. 63(4):96A.

Cover crop impacts on watershed hydrology.

Cover crops alter many aspects of the hydrologic cycle. <span style="font-size:11.0pt;line-height:115%;Calibri" ,"sans-serif";times="" new="" roman";times="" roman";"="">Cover crop impacts on watershed hydrology.

Stochastic dominance analysis of winter cover crop and nitrogen fertilizer systems for no-tillage corn.

This study evaluated how winter cover crops with various applied nitrogen rates affect net revenue and risk from no-tillage corn production. <span style="font-size:11.0pt;line-height:115%;Calibri" ,"sans-serif";times="" new="" roman";times="" roman";"="">Stochastic dominance analysis of winter cover crop and nitrogen fertilizer systems for no-tillage c ... more.

Pasture Planting

... grass and legumes to reduce soil erosion and improve production. How it works Drill or broadcast adapted grass or legumes into a low-producing pasture or a steep, eroding cropland field. How it helps Heavy grass cover slows water flow, reducing soil erosion. Good pastures protect water quality by filtering runoff water and increasing infiltration. Lush pastures give cover and habitat for wildlife. As plants recycle and roots die, organic matter in the soil is improved. Planning ahead Are selected species suited to your soil types? Have you chosen species that will help you reduce the use of pes ... more.

A Look Back and a Glimpse into 2009

... and wastewater and energy utilities to learn about water quality credit trading. The positive feedback we received on the format and content of the workshop was inspiring and will help us to deliver three more workshops in 2009. In September, CTIC was awarded a Conservation Innovation Grant from the Natural Resources Conservation Service(NRCS) for a project that promotes the use of cover crops to transition producers to a continuous no-till farming system. Working with partners in Ohio and Indiana, we are pairing producers and crop consultants to work together to identify and incorporate cover crops into their new system. We will track progress and report results as producers begin the transition in spring. Next year, we'll offer workshops and networking meetings to spark new ... more.

Gold Corporate Benefits

... at the Individual Silver level * Ad space in two issues of Partners magazine ($600 value) * Recognition at two CTIC event during your annual membership term * Two complimentary registrations to CTIC’s Conservation In Action Tour * Recognition on CTIC’s Website * One-year subscription to Partners magazine and Member Mail e-newsletter * Access to Crop Residue Management Survey data from 1989 to 2004 through CTIC Website

Oat and rye overseeded into soybean as fall cover crops in the upper Midwest.

Oat, rye, and an oat-rye mixture were overseeded into soybean in August to determine the shoot dry matter and residue cover produced by these cover crops and their effect on subsequent soybean and corn yield. <span style="font-size:11.0pt;line-height:115%;Calibri" ,"sans-serif";times="" new="" roman";times="" roman";"="">Oat and rye overseeded into soybean as fall cover crops in the upper Midwest.

Woodland Management

Improving the quality and quantity of woodland growing stock and maintaining ground cover and litter for soil and water conservation. How it works Existing woodland or other suitable land is dedicated to timber production. Livestock is excluded. Optimum tree populations are determined by the kinds of trees planted and their adaptability to your soils. Existing trees or newly planted trees are thinned, pruned and harvested to maintain desired production. Twigs, limbs and other ... more.

Top 10 Conservation Tillage Benefits

... soil clumps) making it easier for plants to establish roots. Improved soil tilth also can minimize compaction. Of course, compaction is also reduced by reducing trips across the field. 5. Increases organic matter The latest research shows the more soil is tilled, the more carbon is released to the air and the less carbon is available to build organic matter for future crops. In fact, carbon accounts for about half of organic matter. 6. Traps soil moisture to improve water availability Keeping crop residue on the surface traps water in the soil by providing shade. The shade reduces water evaporation. In addition, residue acts as tiny dams slowing runoff and increasing the opportunity for water to soak into the soil. Another way infiltration inc ... more.

John Deere Advances Stewardship in Agriculture

... in efficiency and technology is paying off for the company, producers and environment. For example, Deere’s smallest U.S.-made combine is more productive than Deere’s largest machine of just 10 years ago. Photo courtesy of John Deere. Deere also continues to make strides in improving engines and power trains, he says. For example, Deere's 8430 row-crop tractor, with Tier III technology, emits 50 percent less particulate matter and 30 percent less nitrogen oxide than its predecessor, the 8420, introduced in 2002, Mann says. “At the same time, this tractor set an all-time record as the most fuel-efficient row-crop tractor ever tested at the Nebraska Tractor Test Lab,” he adds. “The new 8320R tractor, introduced for model ... more.

Project Farmers in the News

Penton Agriculture Magazines: "Cover Crop Success"-Berger "With Each Season Comes New Lessons"-Eilers, Scott Stick With It"-Berger "A Seed Corn, Covers Duet"-Schirm "Farmers Join Nat'l Study on Cover Crops"-McKenzie Other Sources: "No-Till, Cover Crops from a Farmer's Point of View"-Scott

A decade of advances in cover crops

Cover crops with limited irrigation can increase yields, crop quality, and nutrient and water use efficiencies while protecting the environment. Delgado, J.A., M. A. Dillon, R. T. Sparks, and S. Y.C. Essah. 2007. A decade of advances in cover crops. J. Soil Water Conserv. 62(5):110A-117A.

Cover Crop Workshops

CTIC is working with partners in the GLCCI program to offer six workshops to provide information to producers about the benefits of cover crops and how to use them. Each workshops will take place from 8:45am to 3:30pm, with registration beginning at 8:00am. Click here to view a general agenda. The speakers and topics vary from workshop to workshop, but are all very similar programs. Specifics for each workshop and links for online registration can be found below. Online registration is $20 or $30 at the door. The registration feel ... more.

EPA’s New CAFO Rule Changes “Duty to Apply” for NPDES Permit

... Hydrology Tool, or equivalent analytic tools. The evaluation must incorporate 100 years of data to show that the facility is designed, built and managed to absolutely prevent discharge in storage, during storms and after land application. Wiedeman points out that accidents and other occasional discharges are not uncommon in the livestock industry, but they are illegal unless they are covered by an NPDES permit – a no-discharge certification provides only partial legal cover or protection. Nutrient Management Plans Preventing discharges of nutrients, fecal coliform and other contents of manure encompasses more than the capacity of lagoons and dikes. It’s about soils, hydrology and management, too. Nutrient management plans address those other fact ... more.

Research and Technology Briefs Dec 2008

Research & Technology Briefs By Rachel Doctor Midwest Cover Crops Council Web Site Introduced Midwestern farmers wanting to learn more about cover crops now have a central information source where they can easily find practical ways to use them. The Midwest Cover Crops Council (MCCC) recently introduced a Web site as an educational tool to help expand the knowledge compiled since the group's formation two years ago to farmers and others in a ... more.

National Aquatic Resource Surveys (NARS)

The History of NARS The National Aquatic Resource Surveys (NARS) program is an EPA and State/Tribal effort to survey the condition of the nation’s waters. Initiated in 2005, these statistically-based surveys have begun to provide EPA, States, Tribes and others partners with information to provide nationally consistent reports on the condition of the nation’s waters, to identify national and regional water quality priorities and to evalua ... more.

2012 Workshop

The objectives of the National Aquatic Resource Surveys (NARS) Workshop and Training Sessions were to bring together EPA, State, Tribal and other partners working on water monitoring issues across waterbody types to: Discuss and share information on the national aquatic resource surveys and their relationship to other state/tribal programs. Provide technical training and tools so that States, Tribes and other partners can build their capacity ... more.

NATIONAL AQUATIC RESOURCES WORKSHOPS

This national workshop will bring together EPA, State, Tribal and other partners working on water monitoring issues across waterbody types to discuss and share information on the national aquatic resource surveys and their relationship to other state/tribal programs, provide technical training and tools so that States, Tribes and other partners can build their capacity to implement aquatic resource surveys at multiple scales (data management, analysis, interpretation) and to rovide examples of how to use the aquatic resource survey methodology to inform state and tribal needs at multiple scales. &nbs ... more.

NATIONAL AQUATIC RESOURCES WORKSHOPS

This national workshop will bring together EPA, State, Tribal and other partners working on water monitoring issues across waterbody types to discuss and share information on the national aquatic resource surveys and their relationship to other state/tribal programs, provide technical training and tools so that States, Tribes and other partners can build their capacity to implement aquatic resource surveys at multiple scales (data management, analysis, interpretation) and to rovide examples of how to use the aquatic resource survey methodology to inform state and tribal needs at multiple scales. &nbs ... more.

CTIC Exhibits at Ag Media Summit

... Farmer, Prairie Farmer and more stopped by to visit and learn more about our current projects as well as our upcoming anniversary celebration. CTIC members also exhibiting at InfoExpo proudly joined in celebrating our 30th year by displaying the CTIC logo at their booth. Thanks, Members! Many visitors to CTIC's booth completed a short survey for a chance to win a Kindle Fire and to take home a gift bag full of goodies. Our special edition note cards - featuring conservation photos from reknown ag photojournalist Harlen Persinger - were a big hit!

CTIC Commemorates 30 Years at SWCS Annual Meeting

... to celebrate our 30 years of service to agriculture. Karen Scanlon, CTIC executive director, and Chad Watts, CTIC project director, talked with conference participants about CTIC's longevity, past and current projects and future challenges to agricultural conservation. More than a hundred people visited the booth, and many of those completed a short survey to enter a drawing for a Kindle Fire.

30th Anniversary Member Spotlight

... grow the food the world needs. INSTITUTIONAL The Fertilizer Institute, Gold Institutional Member, sponsors our 30th Anniversary, Tier 1 of Indian Creek as well as a tile monitoring station, the Conservation in Action Tour since 2009, the 2008 Commodity Classic 2008 giveaway and the Nutrient BMP survey. TFI is the leading voice in the fertilizer industry, representing the public policy, communication and statistical needs of producers, manufacturers, retailers and transporters of fertilizer. INDIVIDUAL Joe Glassmeyer We thank individual member Joe Glassmeyer for his long-standing membership and participation in ... more.

UNDERSTANDING CONSERVATION TILLAGE SYSTEMS

... control frame, and discussing the potential for offset payments for conservation tillage or not. As noted, we intend to determine if the framed treatments will generate greater interest in conservation tillage than unframed treatments, including unframed treatments that mention potential offset opportunities. Partner Purdue University Activities This project uses interviews and a survey to learn from farmers about their willingness to adopt offset-eligible practices. Those interested in learning more about the adoption of conservation tillage systems were provided with a sheet comparing conservation tillage systems and resources for further information. In addition, CTIC can provide interested farms with information about conservation tillage and related management practices tha ... more.

Cover Crop Webinars

Cover Crop Webinars (Cisco Seeds)

Cover crop and soil quality interactions in agroecosystems.

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COVER CROP FIELD DAYS

CTIC's cover crop projects are working with numerous partners to bring quality field days to producers throughout our project areas. Click here to find details about the many events.

Fast vs. Fuel - The New No-Till Debate

... of continuous corn vs. rotations in irrigated or dryland conditions. The bulletin is online and the simple, fill-in-the-blank spreadsheets are also online. Even continuous corn can work well in a continuous no-till program that has fostered good soil structure and drainage, Gillespie says, at least in his 28-inch rainfall zone. For wetter areas of the Corn Belt, Gillespie recommends exploring cover crops to pull excess moisture from the soil and turn it into organic-matter-boosting biomass. Minnesota grower Tony Thompson is one of those growers. He installed 16 control structures on a 140-acre field near Windom, Minn., to control drainage water. Thompson's slope is about one percent, so each structure manages a zone of about nin ... more.

Experts Dispute Study That Relates No-Till to Algae Problem

... researchers, The Ohio State University's David Culver, says he can't say farming is to blame for any of the algae problems he's seen, nor can he rule out any other potential sources of pollution, especially sewer contamination. In fact, the conservation practices of no-till and high-residue mulching improve soil tilth and reduce runoff and erosion, as do other practices such as cover crops and buffers. Several other things farmers can do to decrease the amounts of soluble reactive phosphorus (SRP) in the water supply are listed below. The bottom line is that there is no correlation between no-till farming and increased phosphorus runoff. To read the full article from The Toledo Blade, visit: toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080907/COLUMNIST42/809070333 ... more.

Don't miss the CTIC Conservation In Action Tour 2008

... to be a part of this informative and noteworthy event. The tour, sponsored by Specialty Fertilizer Products (SFP), showcases successful farmers who have mastered innovative conservation practices in their profitable operations. Starkey Farms Partnership , Brownsburg, Indiana • 8 years of continuous no-till • Gradually incorporated 200 acres of annual ryegrass as cover crop • Gypsum added as a soil amendment to improve soil structure and infiltration • Tile Nitrogen outflow monitored by a local university because the farm is within a watershed that supplies drinking water to nearby Indianapolis Lamb Farms , Lebanon, Indiana • 84% of corn and soybeans are no-till or strip-till • RTK systems used to apply and manage nutrients ... more.

Implementation of cover crops can have the following beneficial effects:

Increase soil organic matter Increase infiltration of water into the soil Decrease runoff to nearby waterways Decrease soil erosion and transport to nearby waterways Conserve soil moisture Reduce soil compaction Increase nutrient availability to the crop Reduce nitrate leaching to groundwater Supply nitrogen to following crop Suppress weeds, potential reducing the need for herbicides Suppress soil-born diseases and nematodes, potentially reducing the need for insecticides Attract beneficial insects such as pollinators Increase yields of the following crop Improve soil quality

Lessening the Pain

... applied to their fields, that nitrogen can enter nearby waterways, creating water-quality issues and adding to already established hypoxic zones, he adds. Another potential problem with applying anhydrous in a wet fall: heavy, silty clay soils will not crumble and reseal the slot though which nitrogen is applied, Reicosky says. “Unless a farmer takes the precautions to cover that gap, he runs the risk of losing some of that nitrogen,” he says. And, as the season progresses, frozen soil becomes an obstacle to applying fall anhydrous. “Once they get one to four inches of frozen soil, they’re done,” Reicosky says. Dan Towery, owner of Ag Conservation Solutions in Lafayette, Ind., advises farmers to apply nitrogen before sprin ... more.

Wildlife Food Plot

... when food supplies are in short supply. How it helps Standing crops with unharvested grain give food to wildlife that may otherwise not be accessible after heavy snows or ice. A food plot helps maintain wildlife on your farm by providing food. Planning ahead Will the crop you plan to plant or leave standing in the field attract the wildlife you want? Is there adequate cover and water near the food plot to support wildlife? Are you endangering wildlife by placing the food plot too close to high traffic areas? Tech notes Planting dates range from March 1 to June 15 depending on the crop. * Food plots should be planted on the least erosive areas of the selected field. Plots on slopes steeper than 5% should be planted on the contour. A plot can be pl ... more.

Smarter Fertilizer Use Yields Environmental Benefits

... issue of Partners. (Click here for article.) A popular topic today is excess nutrients in the environment. From the Gulf of Mexico to the Chesapeake Bay, the Great Lakes to the Pacific Northwest, policymakers look to agriculture to improve water quality and help reduce nutrients in ground and surface water. Many conventional nitrogen application methods apply fertilizer in advance of crop needs. The delay between nitrogen application and crop uptake increases the chance for environmental losses through leaching, volatilization, and denitrification. * Leaching: the movement of plant nutrients in the soil solution below the root zone. This occurs most frequently in coarse-textured, cracked or sandy soils, during higher levels of precipitation or irrigation, with excessively app ... more.

No Tillage: The relationship between no tillage, crop residues, plants and soil nutrition

No Tillage: The relationship between no tillage, crop residues, plants and soil nutrition In his second book on no-till farming, Chilean farmer Carlos Crovetto has delved into the inner workings of the soil and meticulously explained the relationship between no-till, crop residues, soil nutrition and crop production.

Let's Do the Math onCover Crops

Help CTIC pencil out the economic and environmental benefits of cover crops through the "Economic, Agronomic and Environmental Benefits of Cover Crops" project. Below, sign up for our cover crops mailing list or let us know that you are interested in working with us. For more information on the project, check out our project webpage.

CTIC in the News

Scaling Up Water Quality Efforts in Iowa Wallaces Farmer, August 2018 Landowners Support Cover Crops Corn and Soybean Digest, August 2018 Time Is Money Corn and Soybean Digest, July 2018 Nitrogen Cycling and Cover Crops Corn and Soybean Digest, June 2018 All In On Cover Crop Corn and Soybean Digest, April 2018 Study Links Best Management Practices To Cleaner Watershed Environmental Change Initiative, June 2016 ... more.

Small grain cover crops and wheel traffic effects on infiltration, runoff, and erosion.

Oat and rye cover crops have the potential to reduce erosion when following soybean crops in Iowa. <span style="font-size:11.0pt;line-height:115%;Calibri" ,"sans-serif";times="" new="" roman";times="" roman";"="">Small grain cover crops and wheel traffic effects on infiltration, runoff, and erosion.

Biological and biochemical soil properties in no-till corn with different cover crops.

Cover cropping impacts soil properties in many positive ways. These include higher total carbon, which usually contributes to increased cation exchange capacity and water-holding capacity. <span style="font-size:11.0pt;line-height:115%;Calibri" ,"sans-serif";times="" new="" roman";times="" roman";"="">Biological and bioc ... more.

Economic analysis of the effects of winter cover crops on no-tillage corn yield response to applied nitrogen.

Yield data for various applied nitrogen rates during 1986 through 1995 were used to estimate corn yield response functions for hairy vetch, crimson clover, winter wheat, and no cover alternatives. <span style="font-size:11.0pt;line-height:115%;Calibri" ,"sans-serif";times="" new="" roman";times="" roman";"="">Economic analysis of the effects of winter cover crops on no-tillage corn yield response to applied nitrogen.

2016 Tour Wrap-Up

... and water management – composting demonstration, floodplain management considerations and constructed wetlands Stop #3 – Arena Valley, Wilder, Idaho Sustainability, nutrient management and conservation systems Potato research trials – nitrogen efficiency, new varieties and bio-pesticides Cropping systems – rotations, equipment and cover crops Sustainability audits Potato harvest demonstration Stop #4 – McIntyre Farm, Caldwell, Idaho Soil health systems Bringing livestock back into the system, grazing management, cover crops and soil pit Nutrient and water management – irrigation water use and rainfall simulator See the Action: Check out the 2016 tour photo gallery t ... more.

Build Coalitions

... in agriculture. Local stakeholder groups focus onimproving nutrient managementin Mississippi River Basin watersheds. CTIC led the formation of three collaborative groups, all including public and private members, to develop and oversee projects and programs in three regions: southern Minnesota, Missouri Bootheel and Upper Wabash River Watershed. To help producersintegrate cover crops and adopt a continuous no-till system, CTIC connected producers with crop consultants for customized assistance and brought in expertise from the Midwest Cover Crops Council.

Adding Cover Crops to a No-Till System

Dan Forgey, farm manager at Cronin Farms in South Dakota, has been using no-till management for more than 17 years. Over that time, Forgey has developed a keen understanding of how his farming system works and where new challenges and opportunities exist. The Next Step: Adding Cover Crop to a No-Till System (Video)

CTIC Cover Crop Initiatives

Using Cover Crops to Facilitate the Transition to Continuous No-Till Project Description Farmer Profiles

Cover Crop Resources

Cover Crops Species Information

Diversion

... a slope to divert runoff away from bottom lands. A diversion may also be used to divert runoff flows away from a feedlot, or to collect and direct water to a pond. How it helps Reduces soil erosion on lowlands by catching runoff water and preventing it from reaching farmland below. Vegetation in the diversion channel filters runoff water, improving water quality. Vegetation provides cover for small birds and animals. Allows better crop growth on bottom land soils. Planning ahead Are there proper soil conservation measures installed to prevent the diversion from filling with sediment? Is the outlet planned in a location which will not cause erosion? Is the diversion and outlet large enough to handle the runoff amount for that location? Tech notes Diversions ca ... more.

Integrated Manure Management: Good Neighbors, Good Business

... his son Dave and his son-in-law Chris have also built a thriving manure custom application business—last year, they applied more than 25 million gallons of manure. They’ve designed and built application equipment to deliver manure to the soil as directly and odor-free as possible, with minimal disturbance of surface crop residues. When Dave and Chris get going, they can cover 6 to 11 acres an hour, delivering as much as 7,500 gallons of manure per acre at up to 3.5 mph. On a 22-foot toolbar, they mounted heavy Genesis Tillage aeration tines at a 7-degree offset in front of huge nozzles to create what Dave Beard calls a “poke, lift, squirt” surface-application system. On another toolbar, the family mounted 11 straight coulters on 22-inch cen ... more.

Remote Sensing Resources/links

Spying on Residue Remote Sensing of Crop Residue Cover and Soil Tillage Intensity Remote Sensing the Spacial Distribution of Crop Residues

Understanding Conservation Tillage Systems Resources

... agricultural conservation systems: CONSERVATION TILLAGE On-Farm Comparison of Conservation Tillage Systems for Corn Following Soybeans assists producers and their advisors in selecting a conservation tillage system for corn in a corn-soybean rotation. Conservation Tillage Series provides information on crop rotation, weed management, soil compaction, nutrient management, cover crops and economic statistics. NO-TILL Energy Estimator for Tillage estimates diesel fuel use and costs in production of your area’s key crops and compares the potential energy savings of conventional tillage and alternative tillage systems. 60 Ways Farmers Can Protect Surface Water provides ideas on how producers can protect water quality without sacrificing pro ... more.

Nutrient Management

... realistic yield goals? Are proper soil conservation measures installed? Have you accounted for nitrogen credits produced by legume crops? Tech notes Choose best application method. Use broadcast, starter, surface band or injection. Use the late spring nitrogen test when appropriate when corn plants are between 6 to 12 inches tall. * Avoid applying manure on frozen or snow-covered ground if possible. Use nitrogen inhibitor if nitrogen is fall applied. * Use nitrogen monitor if applying anhydrous ammonia to apply correct amount. Maintenance Test soils once every 2-4 years according to Extension recommendations. * Analyze manure and other organic waste for nutrient content before field application. Establish a winter cover crop of there's a poss ... more.

Top Ten IPM Tips

... Tips 10. Soil Management: Providing sufficient amounts of crop residue on the soil surface improves organic matter of the soil. Soil testing and applying proper amounts of fertilizer and micronutrients provides for optimum growing environment. 9. Cultural Practices: The pest’s environment is disrupted by rotating crops, and timely harvesting of crops. Planting cover crops can suppress weed pressure and provide nitrogen and better soil tilth. 8. Planting: Plant crops that have good vigor and that can tolerate or resist common problems. The timing of planting should coincide within the optimum planting dates recommended. Row spacing, intercropping, trap crops and other alternative strategies can be looked at to discourage or detract pests. 7. ... more.

Demonstrations

... differences in nitrogen rates and yields with different urea application times. Spring timing gave the best return to nitrogen dollars spent. Fall had the worst return and lowest yield. 2011 weather patterns favored spring application... Read more. Nitrogen Application Timing Select the Right Time for nitrogen application. Apply the Right Rate of fertilizer to meet crop needs. Costs of inputs make it important to provide enough N so the crop is never... Read more. Phosphorus Sidedress with MicroEssentials® A soil test of the field showed a relatively low phosphorus level, so we demonstrated The Mosaic Company's MicroEssentials applied as a side-dress (plant nutrients placed on or in the soil near the roots of a growing crop t ... more.

WinMax

WinMax is a computer program developed at Purdue University to calculate and compare economic returns on crop production. From 1991-1998, WinMax and its earlier DOS version were used to manage data for the national Farming for Maximum Efficiency program (The MAX®) sponsored byCTICand Successful Farming magazine. WinMax manages crop input data, calculates crop fertilizer recommendations, generates production cost and nutrient management worksheets, and allows sets of custom input c ... more.

Strip Tillage Fall Nitrogen Application

... crop trials involving multiple rates of any added nutrient. It provides the an estimate of optimum rate for a single-year response - the most economic rate (MERN) at which it is profitable to apply a purchased nutrient - from limited data. It can also estimate several basic forms of nutrient use efficiency (NUE): partial factor productivity, agronomic efficiency, partial nutrient balance, and recovery efficiency. Source: International Plant Nutrition Institute More...

Putting Producers in the Driver's Seat

... easier for farmers through better water management. “Producers live in a risky world,” says Agri Drain President Charlie Schafer. “This is one way to help put them in the driver’s seat.” With Manual Water Level Control Structures, producers manage water in the soil profile according to weather conditions and needs of the crop and the environment. Photo courtesy of Agri Drain Agri Drain designs and manufactures products – such as Water Level Control Structures and Smart Drainage Systems – to help land improvement contractors and producers create more productive surface and subsurface water management systems. Manual and Automatic Water Level Control Structures provide the ability to ... more.

Research and Technology Briefs

... across widely diverse sectors – from agriculture to energy to transportation – increasingly rely on NOAA for information about climate change. To meet these requests, the NOAA Climate Service office has been established to bring together the agency’s climate science and service delivery capabilities. For the full story, visit www.noaa.gov/climate.html. Crop Rotation on Organic Farms: A Planning Manual Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Outreach announces a new planning resource for farmers seeking sound, science-based guidelines for managing crop rotations in organic farming. Crop Rotation on Organic Farms: A Planning Manual helps farmers use rotations to build better soil; control pests, weeds and diseases; and devel ... more.

Leading the way

... one of which is ensuring environmental stewardship for responsible land and natural resource use. Photo courtesy of CTIC Leading the way Mosaic Company is a pioneer of progression in agricultural sustainability By Christy Couch Lee Just five years ago, the Mosaic Company launched as the second-largest crop nutrition firm, when Cargill Crop Nutrition and IMC Global Inc, joined forces. Today, this company is a leader in providing phosphate and potash for worldwide agriculture. Mosaic takes pride in its efforts to increase sustainability, and these efforts have recently been highlighted in the Mosaic 2009 Sustainability Report. In addition, Mosaic has taken the bold step of becoming the first CTI ... more.

Economic and Environmental Benefits of Nutrient Management

Economic and Environmental Benefits Profit. Managing to maximize return on your cropping investment (ROI) requires the perfect combination of science, technology, art, and luck. Some factors, like the weather, still require a bit of luck. Thankfully, science and technology continue to make strides, reducing the impact of uncontrollable factors like the weather and markets. This reduces the risk inherent in farming. By using a plan to analyze the crop nutrient management portion o ... more.

Effect of cover crops established at time of corn planting on phosphorus runoff from soils before and after dairy manure application.

Phosphorus (P) runoff from agricultural soils is a concern due to eutrophication. <span style="font-size:11.0pt;line-height:115%;Calibri" ,"sans-serif";times="" new="" roman";times="" roman";"="">Effect of cover crops established at time of corn planting on phosphorus runoff from soils before and after dairy manure application.

Sequential NLEAP simulations to examine effect of early and late planted winter cover crops on nitrogen dynamics.

... water standards of 10 mg NO3−-N L−1 (10 ppm) for some areas of the San Luis Valley of south central Colorado. <span style="font-size:11.0pt;line-height:115%;Calibri" ,"sans-serif";times="" new="" roman";times="" roman";"="">Sequential NLEAP simulations to examine effect of early and late planted winter cover crops on nitrogen dynamics.

Enhancing soil nitrogen mineralization and corn yield with overseeded cover crops.

... season, an adequate level of mineralized soil N is essential in order to obtain optimum corn (Zea mays L.) growth and productivity. <span style="font-size:11.0pt;line-height:115%;Calibri" ,"sans-serif";times="" new="" roman";times="" roman";"="">Enhancing soil nitrogen mineralization and corn yield with overseeded cover crops.

Economics of Cover Crops

The Economics of Cover Crops Presentation

Cover Crops and Conservation Tillage

Cover Crops and Conservation Tillage Reduce NPS Pollution Project Description

Tree Planting

... it works A variety of desired tree species, either seedlings or seeds, are planted mechanically or by hand in understocked woodlands or open fields. Tree species are matched with soil types and selected to prevent soil erosion, increase income, or boost productivity of existing woodland. How it helps Improving stands of woodlands can increase profits. Ground cover created by trees and associated debris protects soil from rill and sheet erosion. Ground cover also protects water quality by filtering excess nutrients and chemicals from surface runoff and increasing infiltration rates. Healthy, well-managed woodlands provide long-term wildlife habitat. Planning ahead Is the soil suitable for producing wood crops? Is the soil suitable for the tree ... more.

CASA Conference Call February 2010

... of no-till certification program. Looking at certification program and how it can be used in “put teeth” into NTOP message. Also working to take over one of KSU research farms, in heart of typical Kansas soil. Preparing for grower meeting in March; Dave Brandt coming back to attend and speak. NRCS –Bill: still want effort to get RUSLE 2 databases (which are updated for cover crops and different management systems) disseminated throughout the region. Want to have training for state agronomist to understand how to use systems like continuous cover and no-till. Bill Puckett leaving HQ to be state conservationist in Alabama. CTIC – Tour planned for July 29, 2009 and invites all CASA to attend. Requested success stories for information campaign. Next S ... more.

Windbreak

Rows of trees and shrubs that protect areas from wind and provide food and cover for wildlife. How it works Multiple rows of coniferous trees or a combination of coniferous and deciduous trees are planted to protect a farmstead or feedlot from wind and snow. One or two rows of shrubs are also often planted. The established windbreak slows wind on the downwind side of the windbreak for a distance of 10 times the height of the t ... more.

Water and Sediment Control Basin

... area of concentrated water runoff to act similar to a terrace. It traps sediment and water running off farmland above the structure, preventing it from reaching farmland below. How it helps Basins improve water quality by trapping sediment on uplands and preventing it from reaching water bodies. Structures reduce gully erosion by controlling water flow within a drainage area. Grass cover may provide habitat for wildlife. Planning ahead Will basins be part of an existing terrace system? Is the site too steep for the basin to work properly or be economically feasible? Can adequate outlets be provided? Tech notes The uncontrolled area draining into the basin must not exceed 50 acres. * Build the basin large enough to control the runoff from a 10-year storm with ... more.

Stream Protection

... riprap and gabions are installed along the edges of a stream to buffer the banks from heavy stream flow and reduce erosion. Fencing prevents cattle from trampling banks, destroying vegetation and stirring up sediment in the streambed. A buffer zone of vegetation along the streambank filters runoff and may also absorb excess nutrients and chemicals. How it helps Streambanks are covered with rocks, grass, trees or other cover to reduce erosion. Better water quality results from reducing amounts of nutrients, chemicals, animal waste and sediment entering the stream. Buffer zones provide cover and habitat for birds and small animals. Planning ahead Have you planned to install an offstream water system for livestock or limited livestock access to the stream? Are pro ... more.

Filter Strip

... reach water bodies or water sources including wells. How it works Strips of grass, trees and/or shrubs slow water flow and cause contaminants like sediment, pesticides, and fertilizers to collect in vegetation. Collected nutrients are used by the vegetation, rather than entering water supplies. Filtered water then enters water bodies. How it helps Grass, trees and shrubs provide cover for small birds and animals. Ground cover reduces soil erosion. The vegetative strip moves rowcrop operations farther from a stream. Vegetation prevents contaminants from entering water bodies, protecting water quality. Planning ahead Are adequate soil conservation measures installed above filter strips? Are plants adapted to your soil types? Have you selected the correct specie ... more.

All In On Cover Crop

Corn and Soybean Digest, April 2018

Cover Crop Math Back Button

CTIC Projects « Cover Crops Research and Demonstration « Let's Do the Math On Cover Crops

2014: WHAT A YEAR FOR CTIC!

From cover crop plots to Congressional chambers to the world stage, we spread the word about conservation farming success. Read more.

Conservation Buffers Fact Sheet

... buffers provide another line of defense to filter water both surface and shallow ground water before it enters streams and lakes. Can reduce up to 80% of sediment. Reduces 40% (on average) of phosphorous. Removes a significant amount of nitrate; stores it in plant material. Up to 60% of pathogens removed from runoff. Provides a source of food, nesting cover and shelter for wildlife. Improves fish habitat. Other Benefits Reduces wind erosion. Slows water runoff. Reduces downstream flooding. Stabilizes stream banks. Establishment of natural vegetation. Adds visual aesthetics to the landscape. Greater Profits Often provides income from local, stat ... more.

GREAT LAKES COVER CROP INITIATIVE 2012 WORKSHOPS

Date Location Contact February 21 Ogemaw County Ogemaw Co MSU Extension Office Rifle River Watershed West Branch, MI Paul Gross 989-772-0911x302 grossp@msu ... more.

Nutrients in Our Environment - Past, Present, and Beyond (February 18, 2010)

... the latest techniques and technologies, to avoid the potential financial and environmental risks of nitrogen and phosphorus reaching surface and ground water. Learn about research developments and new tools for improving on-farm nutrient efficiency. Contact:brian.c.williams@state.mn.us Please register by calling 651-201-6141. Your fee of $10 at the door will cover your refreshments and lunch. Conference Presentations Speaker Contact Information and Biographies News Release Download Conference Brochure Agenda Poster Booth Abstracts Corporate Sponsor:

Ag Consulting Trainings

About the Project Through a collaborative agreement with the US EPA, CTIC will provide leadership and technical support to successfully plan, organize, coordinate, evaluate and share information from five workshops held between 2015 and 2020. These workshops will provide attendees the foundation to target, design, and implement conservation practices for their clients. Practices covered will include in-field nutrient management, drainage water management systems, bioreactors, saturated buffers and more. CTIC will host specific practice summaries and other materials that will help this project’s target audience. In addition to the US EPA’s assistance, the following partners ensure that these workshops provide value to and are well attended by their membership: ... more.

Ag Consulting Trainings

... 22 1:00 to 4:30 PM—Stuttgart Public Library Topics of discussion Identify symptoms suggesting need for conservation - Mike Taylor, Farmer (30 min) Selecting right practices - John Lee, NRCS (90 min) Resources for technical support - Keith Scoggins, NRCS Selecting a contractor - Keith Scoggins, NRCS Arkansas’ nutrient reduction strategy and how practices covered by this training protect water quality - Ken Brazil, Arkansas Natural Resources Commission (15-30 min) Wednesday August 23 8:00 AM—Check-in, coffee and donuts at Stuttgart Public Library 8:30 AM—Bus departs for Terry Dabbs’ farm Outdoors on the farm Discovery Farms: Water quality monitoring as a driver of voluntary conservation ... more.

Workshops

... August 22, 2017 1:00 to 4:30 PM - Stuttgart Public Library Topics of discussion Identify symptoms suggesting need for conservation - Mike Taylor, Farmer (30 min) Selecting right practices - John Lee, NRCS (90 min) Resources for technical support - Keith Scoggins, NRCS Selecting a contractor - Keith Scoggins, NRCS Arkansas’ nutrient reduction strategy and how practices covered by this training protect water quality - Ken Brazil, Arkansas Natural Resources Commission (15-30 min) Wednesday August 23 8:00 AM - Check-in, coffee and donuts at Stuttgart Public Library 8:30 AM—Bus departs for Terry Dabbs’ farm Outdoors on the farm Discovery Farms: Water quality monitoring as a driver of voluntary conservation adoption - Mike Daniels, Arkansas ... more.

AG CONSULTANT TRAINING

... a collaborative agreement with the US EPA, CTIC will provide leadership and technical support to successfully plan, organize, coordinate, evaluate and share information from five workshops held between 2015 and 2020. These workshops will provide attendees the foundation to target, design, and implement conservation practices for their clients. Practices covered will include in-field nutrient management, drainage water management systems, bioreactors, saturated buffers and more. CTIC will host specific practice summaries and other materials that will help this project’s target audience.

A Review of BMPs for Managing Crop Nutrients and Conservation Tillage to Improve Water Quality

A Review of BMPs for Managing Crop Nutrients and Conservation Tillage to Improve Water Quality This publication will review research on nutrient management BMPs for the two nutrients of major concern, Nitrogen and Phosphorus, with an emphasis on integrating BMPs with conservation tillage.

The Mosaic Company

CTIC Gold Corporate Member, Mosaic, is the world's leading producer and marketer of comcentrated phosphate and potash, two of the primary nutrients required to grow the food the world needs. Their business engages in every phase of crop nutrition development, from the mining of resources to the production of crop nutrients, feed and industrial products for customers around the globe. Their customer base includes wholesalers, retail dealers, and individual growers in more than 40 countries. Headquartered in Plymouth, Minnesota, Mosaic employs approximately 7,400 people in eight countries. Their shares t ... more.

Field Days Featured Tools for Farm Profitability

... Logan-Smith During the morning session, David Dunn shared results of a three-year comparison of nitrogen stabilizer products on rice. Dunn is a supervisor at the Delta Regional Soils Testing Lab at the University of Missouri Delta Center, Portageville, Mo. For 12 years Dunn has conducted field research to support the MU soil test recommendation system. His research emphasizes in season crop nutrient management, primarily for rice. Dunn’s study will continue to be conducted at two locations representing the two major soil types used for rice production in Missouri. At each location, rice was cultivated using the standard methods of phosphorus and potassium fertilization, water management, and weed and insect control for dry-seeded, delayed flood rice in Southeast Missouri. At b ... more.

Apply gypsum to your fields to balance soil structure, Improve nutrient uptake, and yield heartier, healthier crops

Apply gypsum to your fields to balance soil structure, Improve nutrient uptake, and yield heartier, healthier crops There are thousands of agricultural products that claim to increase yields—from the latest hybrids to implements and electronic gadgetry. As a grower, you do everything it takes to maximize output with the least amount of input costs. But as input prices continue to increase, and margins become increasingly thinner, many growers are getting back to basic ... more.

Manure Testing

... application to fields. How it works Taking a representative sample from stored manure and sending it to an approved lab for analysis to determine nutrient content is the first step in a manure management system. This data is used to match application rates to plant nutrient needs and soil test data. How it helps Manure testing and proper application to the land can reduce crop input costs. Preventing over-application of manure to crop fields results in improved water quality. Planning ahead What form of manure do you plan to apply? Have you calibrated your spreader to apply the volume of manure called for according to plant needs and nutrient value of manure? Have you reduced commercial fertilizer use after accounting for nutrients supplied by manure? W ... more.

Questions and Answers

... moisture, reduced compaction, sequestered carbon and reduced erosion from water and wind. Cleaner water In addition to food, fiber, energy and other renewable resources, agriculture can also protect and improve water quality. Greater on-farm profits Sharpening management skills and utilizing the latest appropriate technologies result in higher levels of economic efficiency and cropland productivity A brighter future for all of us. Consumer expectations include more than abundant food, fiber and energy. They also expect agriculture to protect air, soil, water and wildlife. What do farmers need to do? Core 4 Conservation farmers all strive toward these goals and will achieve the results in the best way possible for their particular land and management abilitie ... more.

No Tillage: The relationship between no tillage, crop residues, plants and soil nutrition

No Tillage: The relationship between no tillage, crop residues, plants and soil nutrition Expands the breadth and depth of knowledge of the no-till system offers new ideas to those who are ready to move into the next level of conservation tillage systems. To order online, click here.

2018 Membership Drive

... share information on conservation farming systems. In short, we Connect, Inform and Champion to encourage the adoption of practices that protect soil, water and air quality as well as farmers’ economic sustainability. There has never been a better time to join CTIC. We’ve got great programs in the field and a clearinghouse full of information on everything from selecting the right cover crops to organizing watershed-wide conservation projects. In addition to the information below, a membership application is now available online at https://www.ctic.org/Membership/Join Here you will be able to pay your membership dues online with a credit card (available for memberships up to $2,000) request an invoice, or provide us with special billing instructions. You can find out ev ... more.

Nitrogen Cycling and Cover Crops

Corn and Soybean Digest, June 2018

Landowners Support Cover Crops

Corn and Soybean Digest, August 2018

OpTIS: Where Technology Drives Conservation Results

The global population is estimated to exceed 9 billion people by 2050, placing unprecedented pressure on American farmers to grow even more of the crops that clothe, fuel and feed the world. One way to help alleviate this pressure is to significantly improvesoil healthon cropland. By adopting practices like planting winter cover crops and reducing—or better yet eliminating—tillage practices, farmers can significantly improve productivity of their fields, reduce soil erosion, improve water quality and increase carbon storage. In fact, agricultural soils are among the planet's largest reservoirs (orsinks) of carbon. Improving soil on American croplands has the potential to mitigate 25 million metric t ... more.

OpTIS: Plot Study and Next Step

Indiana Pilot Study Ten years of tillage-transect data collected by the State of Indiana were used to verify the ability of OpTIS algorithms to automatically process publicly-available remote sensing data, in order to accurately characterize tillage practices and the presence of winter cover crops. View Resource Next Step Building on the success of the Indiana Pilot, CTIC is now again partnering with AGS to apply OpTIS across the entire US Corn Belt (Phase 1). Phase 2 will involve application of OpTIS to all US agricultural regions. View Resource

Mission

CONNECT CTIC brings people together. We build coalitions. We connect farmers, researchers, policymakers, agribusiness, and lead discussions that move conversations ahead. INFORM CTIC is a clearinghouse for convservation information, from Operational Tillage Information System (OpTIS) regional trend data to how to implement practices on your farm. CHAM ... more.

2010 Tour Wrap-Up

... participants are saying about the most valuable part of the Tour... “Today’s tour has been the highlight of my professional training for this year! I not only gained very useful CEU’s in Soil and Water Management…I got to network with people I have not be introduced to before….this was a great experience.” "We utilize cover crops on our farm knowing how important they are. I learned so much more today and look forward to putting it into practice. THANK YOU!" "I thought this year’s tour was focused much more on solutions than merely on practices and that was GREAT!" "Meeting new friends in our business and seeing beautiful parts of the country. G ... more.

Strip Till Nitrogen Application

... Kristin joined the operation. The Traub’s grow corn, soybeans and specialty hybrid seed corn, as well as hybrid sunflowers. The operation includes over 4,000 acres and has grown steadily through teamwork and solid relationships. Livingston County SWCD named the Traub’s Conservation Farm Family of 2010. Conservation Systems Strip-till corn and no-till beans in rotation cover the majority of our acres. A continuous corn system, matched with conservation mulch till and some strip-till, is used on our flatter and more productive farms or where manure is available for the fertility requirements. Producers! Interested in trying one of our demonstration practices? Contact Terry Bachtold at 815-848-4455. Right Source Match fertilizer type to ... more.

Sustainable Supply Chains

... the new metric. Supporting Supply Chain Sustainability CTIC recently began a new phase of a project funded by Iowa's Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. In cooperation with Practical Farmers of Iowa and The Nature Conservancy, CTIC is leading the development of a program that will train and incentivize retail agronomists to become advocates for conservation systems built around cover cropping. The project areas have been selected to leverage ongoing, privately funded supply chain sustainability initiatives.

Operational Tillage Information System (OpTIS)

The Operational Tillage Information System (OpTIS) has been developed by Applied GeoSolutions (AGS) and the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) as a method for the automated use of remote sensing (satellite-based) data to monitor conservation practices in agricultural systems, including various forms of reduced tillage and the planting of winter cover crops. While the OpTIS calculations are performed and validated at the farm-field scale, the privacy of individual producers is fully protected by distributing only spatially-aggregated results – at the county and watershed (8-digit HUC) scale.

Supporting Supply Chain Sustainability in Iowa - IDALS

CTIC recently began a new phase of a project funded by Iowa’s Department of Ag and Land Stewardship. In collaboration with Practical Farmers of Iowa and The Nature Conservancy, CTIC is leading development of a program that will train and incentivize retail agronomists to become advocates for conservation systems build around cover cropping. Rollout of the program is anticipated in the winter of 2019 and the project’s target area has been selected to leverage ongoing privately-funded supply chain sustainability initiatives.

Indiana Pilot Study

Ten years of tillage-transect data collected by the State of Indiana were used to verify the ability of OpTIS algorithms to automatically process publicly-available remote sensing data, in order to accurately characterize tillage practices and the presence of winter cover crops.

Ecological Challenges

Farmers in Washington’s Whatcom County are engaged in a wide range of water quality improvement projects. TMDLs (total maximum daily loads) in local waterways cover fecal coliform, ammonia-nitrogen, biochemical oxygen demand, chlorine and temperature. The presence of commercial shellfish beds not far from the mouth of the Nooksack River puts added pressure on farmers and shellfish harvesters to work together on water quality improvements. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Aquatic Resource Surveys (NARS) program found that 45% of ... more.

2014 Achievements

... their insight and BMPs. • We hosted a hypoxia panel for leading farm journalists at the Agricultural Media Summit. • Our Indian Creek Watershed Project yielded a highly successful tour and three great presentations at the 2014 International Soil and Water Conservation Society Annual Conference. • We kicked off our 2.5-year Economic, Agronomic and Environmental Benefits of Cover Crops CIG project. • Our 7th annual Conservation in Action Tour brought more than 150 conservation-minded participants to Florida for a look at cutting edge stormwater treatment, nutrient management and wildlife enhancement projects. We even got cited on Capitol Hill by none other than U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and NRCS Chief Jason Weller. Thanks to our dedicated ... more.

Illinois Soybean Association Sustainability Email List

CTIC partner Illinois Soybean Association publishes occasional e-news about a wide range of farm sustainability topics. The updates cover successes and challenges farmers face serving society, protecting the environment and supporting the economy. Please click here to subscribe.

CONSERVATION TILLAGE SYSTEMS

Agricultural conservation systems produce good yields and strong profits while responsibly managing environmental resources. These systems efficiently manage nutrients and pests, control irrigation and drainage water flows, use cover crops, rotate crops to maximize conservation benefits and minimize equipment wear. See CTIC's conservation systems information sheet HERE.

CTIC FEATURED ON AG DAY

AgDay featured CTIC in a story as part of its ongoing "Future of Farming" series. Tyne Morgan, national reporter, visited the CTIC office in early March to interview Karen Scanlon, CTIC executive director. The story aired Wednesday, March 21. Karen and Upstream Hero Larry Bonnell, interviewed on his farm in Michigan, discussed conservation successes, cover crops and water quality in the broadcast. The AgDay report also promoted CTIC's Conservation In Action Tour 2012 in the Mississippi Delta this year. To view the broadcast, click here, or for a written summary click here. CTIC thanks AgDay and Tyne Morgan for great promotion of conservation and the Conservation In Action Tour.

Planned Grazing System

... reduce sediment and nutrient runoff. Consider food, water and herd size. How it works Pasture is divided into two or more pastures or paddocks with fencing. Cattle are moved from paddock to paddock on a pre-arranged schedule based on forage availability and livestock nutrition needs. How it helps Improves vegetative cover, reducing erosion and improving water quality. Increases harvest efficiency and helps ensure adequate forage throughout the grazing season. Increases forage quality and production which helps increase feed efficiency and can improve profits. Rotating also evenly distributes manure nutrient resources. Planning ahead Is there enough water of good quality available in all pastures to m ... more.

GLCCI Fitting Cover Crops

Economics of Cover Crops

Benefits of Cover Crops Presentation

No-Till 2011 Conference

... providing for maximum interaction between agriculture professionals ranging from producers to industry experts. No-Till 2011 is a conference designed to bring the latest developments in no-till cropping systems to interested farmers and ranchers from Oklahoma and surrounding states. For more details, view the conference brochure. Below is an outline of topics to be covered at this year's No-Till Conference: Soil Fertility Cover Crops No-Till Cotton Production Intensifying the Rotation with Double-Crops On-Farm Research Session Weed Management Corn and Soybean Production No-Till Wheat Grazing Systems Weed Science 101 Soils 101 Intensified Management with Grid Soil Sampling and/or Management Zo ... more.

Conservation In Action Tour 2010 "Best Tour Yet"

... participants are saying about the most valuable part of the Tour... “Today’s tour has been the highlight of my professional training for this year! I not only gained very useful CEU’s in Soil and Water Management…I got to network with people I have not be introduced to before….this was a great experience.” "We utilize cover crops on our farm knowing how important they are. I learned so much more today and look forward to putting it into practice. THANK YOU!" "I thought this year’s tour was focused much more on solutions than merely on practices and that was GREAT!" "Meeting new friends in our business and seeing beautiful parts of the country. G ... more.

National Tillage Trends 1990-2004

Conservation Tillage Types - over 30% cover after planting..more

Web Site is a Treasure Trove of Livestock Waste Management Information

... the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Region 5, which includes Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and 35 Tribes. Contact information for waste management experts in the region are available by simply clicking on a map. There is also a Success Stories section, archiving all of the manure management features run in Partners over the past two years. The articles cover livestock waste management issues ranging from how to calculate the value of manure to how innovative producers are using it for nutrients or even green energy. Scanlon points out that www.lwmtech.org is a work in progress, always open to updates and new links that could help broaden visitors' opportunities for environmentally and economically sound manure management. "The Te ... more.

Wetland Enhancement

... there an adequate water supply? Is there adequate upland wildlife habitat available? What wildlife do you want to attract? Will plugging drains or breaking tile lines to enhance the wetland have adverse effects on other parts of your farm, or a neighboring farm? Tech notes Remove trees and brush from embankments and the vegetative spillway area. Protective vegetative cover should be established on exposed surfaces of embankments and spillways. Obtain any necessary permits. Keep livestock from the area, unless it is included in a planned grazing management plan. Dikes and levees should meet NRCS or US Army Corps of Engineers standards. Maintenance You may need to replant some wetland vegetation until a good stand is established. Keep burrowi ... more.

Farm Pond

... all trees and shrubs within at least 30 feet of the dam's spillway and embankment. * Generally for every surface acre of pond there should be at least 10 acres of drainage area. * Too large a drainage area for the pond site may make the site unfeasible. Maintenance Keep outlet free of debris. Keep burrowing animals, trees and shrubs off the dam. Maintain grass cover on the dam. * Criteria may need to be adjusted for local conditions.

Conservation Tillage Systems and Management Handbook

Conservation Tillage Systems and Management Handbook The 29 chapters not only cover a broad range of topics, but the authors represent all regions of the United States. The right book for those with a basic understanding of conservation tillage who want to expand their technical knowledge.

Anaerobic Digesters: A Community Approach

... 99 percent and more than five tons of salts and nitrates are kept out of the Santa Ana River watershed. Meanwhile, solids separated from the processed manure—135 tons per day—are sold as organic fertilizer. It’s a shining example of the capabilities of a community system, but it’s hardly a get-rich-quick scheme. “As a public utility, we’re just trying to cover our costs,” says Rich Atwater, IEUA’s CEO and general manager. “The renewable energy value generates a couple of million dollars a year in income, so at least it’s a break-even proposition. It covers operations and maintenance and our return on capital investment in the project.” Still, Atwater’s team is working on optimizing its digester technology as it ... more.

Board of Directors

Terry Tindall - Chair J. R. Simplot Company Mark Schmidt - Vice Chair John Deere Mark White - Treasurer Syngenta America, Inc. Laura McConnell Bayer CropScience Hunter Carpenter Agricultural Retailers Association Larry Clemens The Nature Conservancy Nathan Fields National Corn Growers Association Peyton Harper The Fertilizer Institute Adam Herges The Mosaic Company Andy Knepp Bayer CropScience William Kuckuck C ... more.

Dave Gustafson Steps In As Interim Executive Director

... supporting the organization as interim executive director. Helping guide the day-to-day operations of the office as well as the strategic direction of the organization, Dave and the board have provided steady leadership as CTIC positions itself for even greater impact. With a PhD in chemical engineering and three decades of experience as an environmental scientist in the crop protection industry - including tenure at Monsanto, which he represented on CTIC's board - Dave has also served on variousgovernmental and civil society efforts focused on conservation and sustainability issues. His current independent research focuses on using modeling to help food systems meet human nutrition needs in more sustainable ways. Dave Gustaf ... more.

CTIC Conservation in Action Tour Draws 130+ to Chesapeake Bay

... Area farmers have become experts in managing nutrients at every level, from applying manure and commercial fertilizer to minimizing runoff from their fields. In addition to perspectives on innovative practices from a range of crop, dairy and poultry producers, Conservation in Action Tour participants heard from Hoopers Island Oyster Company co-founder Johnny Shockley and Oyster Recovery Partnership fisheries scientist Julie Reichert-Nguyen. The shellfish experts described not only how agricultural practices impact oyster fisheries in the Bay, but also how oysters play a role in reducing nutrient levels in the system and could be managed in conjunction with other water-protecting BMPs. Agricultural advisor Kelly Shenk of U.S. EPA tied together the broad spectrum of stakeholders ... more.

Supply Chain Sustainability Project Trains Crop Advisors and Ag Retailers

... agronomists, certified crop advisors (CCAs) and individual farmers to advise and advocate for the adoption of critical conservation systems identified in the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy. The first four years of the project, which included agronomic consultation and cost-share funding for farmers, helped producers in six critical watersheds plant nearly 40,000 acres of cover crops. A three-year extension funded by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) allows the effort to now shift to building capacity among trusted crop advisors in the Skunk River watershed. Technical assistance is key to success with cover crops, notes CTIC project director Mike Smith. "Those relationships will be enhanced by a tr ... more.

2011 Tour Wrap-Up

CTIC welcomed participants from Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Ontario, South Dakota, Washington D.C., and Wisconsin. And more than 15 agribusinesses shared their knowledge, expertise and product information. Rex Martin, CTIC board chair and Syngenta Crop Protection head of industry affairs, shares his thoughts. “This tour really shows the value of CTIC – bringing together a diverse group of people to learn about, talk about and explore new opportunities for conservation in agriculture. Excellent farms, important dialogue and a great mix of public and private sector perspectives make this tour something special.” Participants app ... more.

2014 Tour Wrap-Up

... year! ~Bertrhude Albert, University of Florida doctoral student in agricultural education and communication Tour Wrap-up from CTIC: Let our tour mascots guide you through all the action in Florida with a tour of the tour. You can also read our in-depth look at the topics, sights and scenes of the 2014 tour. Media Coverage: Here are some of the stories about the tour from the media: Several stories on AgWired See the Action: Check out the 2014 tour photo gallery to explore what the tour had to offer. Through our tour videos below, see: Sugarcane harvesting Sugarcane planting Barn owls ... more.

Agrium

Agrium designed ESN®, a polymer coated urea, to slow the release of nitrogen into the environment. This is allows the plant to access nitrogen when it needs it the most. ESN® yielded the highest in all of the trials. The maximum economic rate of nitrogen (MERN) was also higher probably due to ESN®’s ability to slowly release nitrogen to the crop and continue providing yield-increasing nitrogen throughout the growing season. Take Home Lessons: ESN® showed higher yield over spring urea. MERN rate was higher with ESN® than urea. Using ESN® in combination with other nitrogen sources or as split application may yield even more. Resource: Harms Corn After Soybeans NUE Timing.

Strip Tillage Fall Nitrogen Application

... crop trials involving multiple rates of any added nutrient. It provides the an estimate of optimum rate for a single-year response - the most economic rate (MERN) at which it is profitable to apply a purchased nutrient - from limited data. It can also estimate several basic forms of nutrient use efficiency (NUE): partial factor productivity, agronomic efficiency, partial nutrient balance, and recovery efficiency. Source: International Plant Nutrition Institute.

BUILDING INNOVATIVE INDUSTRY-PRODUCER PARTNERSHIPS TO REDUCE HYPOXIA IN THE GULF OF MEXICO

... project's website, http://www.upstreamheroes.org, includes information on all three initiatives, as well as CTIC's Upstream Heroes campaign, sponsored by The Nature Conservancy and Terra Industries. Project Participants Local, state, and federal conservation and agriculturalagencies, farm organizations, agribusiness, agricultural producers, certified crop consultants Activites CTIC and a broad coalition of ag interests in the Missouri Bootheel bring workshops and field days on the latest nutrient management tools to ag producers. Programs include a corn stalk testing program free to producers. Partners in Minnesota reached consensus that the best approach would be to form a broad coalition of interested groups. The diverse coalit ... more.

Purdue Pest & Crop

Click here to view current copies (or old ones) or subscribe to receive the newsletter weekly during the cropping season (see subscribe tab). The newsletter is also a valuable newsletter for Board members and producers.

Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service Agronomy Guide

Most Indiana soils require periodic applications of limestone or other liming materials for optimum crop production. Soil Acidity and Liming of Indiana Soils

MIDWEST SOIL IMPROVEMENT SYMPOSIUM

Join CTIC and GYPSOIL for a major symposium on soil quality presented by research scientists, producers and crop consultants. The event will be held at Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio, on March 7, 2013.

REGISTRATION OPEN FOR 2013 TOUR

Registration has opened for the 2013 Conservation In Action Tour! Join us on July 9 and 10 in Livingston, Ill., as we explore innovative conservation practices in and around the Indian Creek watershed. Celebrating the theme of Community 4 Conservation, this year's tour will bring together agriculture leaders from all over the country – including farmers, crop advisors, regulators and lawmakers – to learn and share conservation practices.

New Leader

The New Leader line of crop nutrient applicators from Highway Equipment Company is an integral part of fertilizer handling - vital for improving water quality and farm sustainability in the Mississippi River Basin. "Right place" is one of the 4Rs of nutrient stewardship, and New Leader equipment is proud of its role in promoting and enabling that key tactic.

Monsanto

Monsanto works with farmers from around the world to make agriculture more productive and sustainable. We've strengthened our goal of doubling crop yields by committing to doing it with one-third fewer resources such as land, water and energy per unit produced. We're working with our partners to develop conservation systems that are better for the plant.

CUSTOMIZED TRAINING ON WATER QUALITY TRADING FOR AGRICULTURE AND WASTEWATER FACILITIES

... to economically achieve water quality improvements. It has the potential to bea flexible and cost-effective approach for maintaining, restoring or enhancing water quality. Funded By USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Conservation Innovation Grant Project Partners Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Environmental Trading Network, International Certified Crop Advisers, Water Environment Federation Activities Water quality credit trading may be asuccessful, market-basedmethod for agriculture producers to be paid for contributing to water quality improvement.However, many potential participants lack awareness and understandingof thetrading process. CTIC worked with partners to develo ... more.

Nitrogen Application TIming

Select the Right Time for nitrogen application. Apply the Right Rate of fertilizer to meet crop needs.

Illinois Corn Marketing Board

The Illinois Corn Marketing Board is deeply committed to improving nutrient efficiency through the 4Rs of nutrient stewardship - right source, right rate, right time, right place - and through participation in Keep It For The Crop By 2025, a collaborative program to promote, implement and track the rate of adoption of enhanced nutrient stewardship practices by Illinois agricultural producers.

Agrium's ESN v. Urea

Agrium designed ESN®, a polymer coated urea, to slow the release of nitrogen into the environment. This is allows the plant to access nitrogen when it needs it the most. ESN® yielded the highest in all of the trials. The maximum economic rate of nitrogen (MERN) was also higher probably due to ESN®’s ability to slowly release nitrogen to the crop and continue providing yield-increasing nitrogen throughout the growing season. Take Home Lessons ESN® showed higher yield over spring urea.MERN rate was higher with ESN® than urea.Using ESN® in combination with other nitrogen sources or as split application may yield even more.

Phosphorus Sidedress with MicroEssentials®

A soil test of the field showed a relatively low phosphorus level, so we demonstrated The Mosaic Company's MicroEssentials applied as a side-dress (plant nutrients placed on or in the soil near the roots of a growing crop to provide an additional boost in available phosphorus) in a corn after corn no-tilled field. The Mosaic Company designed MicroEssentials ® to allow uniform nutrient distribution and provide essential nutrients crops need in one granule, with two forms of sulfur for season-long nutrition. The MicroEssentials

CTIC

Member Spotlight CORPORATE CTIC recognizes Gold Corporate Member, Syngenta, in our member spotlight. They are a world-leading agribusiness committed to sustainable agriculture through innovative research and technology. The company is a leader in crop protection, and ranks third in the high-value commercial seeds market. Sales in 2006 were approximately $8.1 billion. Syngenta employs around 19,500 people in over 90 countries. INSTITUTIONAL CropLife America, Gold Institutional Member, is the national trade organization represen ... more.

Manure Management Planner - Purdue University Department of Agronomy

Manure Management Planner (MMP) is a Windows-based computer program developed at Purdue University that is used to create manure management plans for crop and animal feeding operations. The user enters information about the operation's fields, crops, storage, animals, and application equipment. MMP helps the user allocate manure (where, when and how much) on a monthly basis for the length of the plan. Purdue's MMP currently supports 34 states. more

American Society of Agronomy

CTIC Institutional Member, the American Society of Agronomy (ASA), is a prominent international scientific society headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin. Because of their common interests, ASA, the Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), and the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) share a close working relationship as well as the same headquarters office. Each of the three Societies is autonomous, has its own bylaws, and is governed by its own Board of Directors. Society members are dedicated to the conservation and wise use of natural resources to produce food, feed, and fiber cr ... more.

Syngenta

CTIC Gold Corporate Member, Syngenta, is a world-leading agribusiness committed to sustainable agriculture through innovative research and technology. The company is a leader in crop protection, and ranks third in the high-value commercial seeds market. Sales in 2006 were approximately $8.1 billion. Syngenta employs around 19,500 people in over 90 countries. To learn more about Syngenta, visit www.syngenta.com

Conservation In Action Tour 2011 A Success

CTIC welcomed participants from Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Ontario, South Dakota, Washington D.C., and Wisconsin. And more than 15 agribusinesses shared their knowledge, expertise and product information. Rex Martin, CTIC board chair and Syngenta Crop Protection head of industry affairs, shares his thoughts. “This tour really shows the value of CTIC – bringing together a diverse group of people to learn about, talk about and explore new opportunities for conservation in agriculture. Excellent farms, important dialogue and a great mix of public and private sector perspectives make this tour something special.” Participants app ... more.

Trading Up for Water Quality

... of which Schafer also serves as president. The ADMC serves as a resource of the latest technologies in drainage water management systems and assists agricultural and environmental communities in improving water quality. In an attempt to help producers adopt better drainage water management (DWM), ADMC was awarded a three-year, multi-state, USDA/NRCS Conservation Innovation Grant in 2006. Covering Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio, this project’s goal was to improve and refine regional recommendations necessary to encourage the widespread adoption of DWM and maximize the agronomical and environmental benefits provided by the practice, Schafer says. Through implementation of the project, significant data was documented on nutrient savings from DWM, which could be i ... more.

Protecting the Environment

By facilitating the switch to conservation tillage, biotech crops have helped dramatically reduce soil erosion and water pollution, increase carbon sequestration, and lower the use of crop protection chemicals by millions of pounds per year.

Trading Up for Water Quality

... of which Schafer also serves as president. The ADMC serves as a resource of the latest technologies in drainage water management systems and assists agricultural and environmental communities in improving water quality. In an attempt to help producers adopt better drainage water management (DWM), ADMC was awarded a three-year, multi-state, USDA/NRCS Conservation Innovation Grant in 2006. Covering Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio, this project’s goal was to improve and refine regional recommendations necessary to encourage the widespread adoption of DWM and maximize the agronomical and environmental benefits provided by the practice, Schafer says. Through implementation of the project, significant data was documented on nutrient savings from DWM, which could be imp ... more.

Water Quality Trading Workshop (March 4-5, 2009)

Who: Wye Mills, MD What: March 4-5, 2009 Where: Chesapeake College Together with its partners, Environmental Trading Network, the International Certified Crop Advisers, the Water Environment Federation, and the Maryland Departments of Agriculture and the Environment, the Conservation Technology Information Center hosted this interactive event as part of Maryland’s public outreach on its newly developed nonpoint-source trading program. Water quality trading is a market-based approach to improve water quality. It is an innovative, voluntary ... more.

Contour Farming

Farming with row patterns nearly level around the hill—not up and down hill. How it works Crop row ridges built by tilling and/or planting on the contour create hundreds of small dams. These ridges or dams slow water flow and increase infiltration which reduces erosion. How it helps Contouring can reduce soil erosion by as much as 50% from up and down hill farming. * By reducing sediment and runoff, and increasing water infiltration, contouring promotes better water quality. ... more.

Partners Contribution June 2010

... task force is made up of representatives from conservation districts, academia, federal agencies and related industry. They began by studying how the weeds developed a resistance to herbicides.Next, they began determining the impacts of herbicide resistance on soil and water conservation and assessing the potential impact on conservation tillage practices, especially no till crop production. Herbicide resistance is a good example of survival of the fittest. Producers essentially selected for weeds that were naturally resistant or showed some tolerance for the chemical. When producers allowed “stray” weeds to grow in the fields after chemical treatment, the resistant weeds were allowed to go to seed and thus produced the next generation of res ... more.

Water Quality Credit Trading Workshop

... Credit Trading Workshop August 19 - 20, 2008 Troy-Hayner Cultural Center Troy, Ohio Water Quality Credit Trading programs bring together agriculture and the wastewater community to solve difficult water quality issues.The Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC), in conjunction with the Environmental Trading Network (ETN), the Water Environment Federation (WEF) and Certified Crop Advisers, is hosting a two-day water quality credit trading workshop. This will be a detailed, intensive training program on water quality trading for agricultural operators, ag advisors, potential water quality trading aggregators and municipal wastewater facilities. Expert speakers will introduce the concepts, benefits and challenges of trading and the steps involved in developing a trading pro ... more.

CTIC News

... Research, First Vice Chair; Charlie Schafer, Agri Drain Corporation, Second Vice Chair; Rex Martin, Syngenta America, Treasurer; Karen Scanlon, CTIC, Secretary; Chris Foster, John Deere, Past Chair. Serving as 2010-2011 directors: Neil E. Caskey, Osborn & Barr Communications; Larry Clemens, The Nature Conservancy; Dave Gustafson, Monsanto; Bill Herz, The Fertilizer Institute; Bill Kuckuck, CropLife America; Ron Olson, The Mosaic Company; Jerry Snodgrass, National Association of Conservation Districts; Rod Snyder, National Corn Growers Association; John Redding, National Association of Conservation Districts; and Stephen Timmons, Case IH. Make plans to attend the CTIC Conservation In Action Tour 2010 Mark your calendar for the CTIC Conservation In Action Tour 201 ... more.

More Acres Can Also Mean More Conservation

... Schroeder. He says he has even talked prospective landlords into retiring highly erodible, damaged cropland into the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) that he could have farmed as a tenant. “There is no reason to farm the land if it’s in such poor condition that you can’t make money,” he said. Schroeder has a handful of CRP contracts of his own, including one that covers approximately 60 acres near his home. To learn more about ways to protect your land from erosion and sediment runoff or to prepare a complete conservation plan for your farm, contact your local USDA-NRCS office. About the Writer: Jason Johnson is a Public Affairs Specialist for USDA-NRCS in Iowa.

Pest Management

Evaluating and using a tailored pest management system to reduce crop and environmental damages. Scouting is done to identify insects, weeds and diseases. How it works Crops are scouted to determine type of pests—insects, weeds and diseases—and the stage of development. The pot ... more.

Water Quality Trading Workshop (July 8-9, 2009)

When: July 8 - 9, 2009 Where: Atwood Lake Resort and Conference Center 2650 Lodge Road Sherrodsville, OH 44675 888-819-8042 **To make reservations - call and reference the Water Quality Workshop to receive the group rate of $89 per night. To view the Agenda, click here. Together with its partners, Environmental Trading Network, the International Certified Crop Advisers, and the Water Environment Federation, the Conservation Technology Information Center will host a Water Quality Credit Trading Workshop at Atwood Lake Resort and Conference Center (30 miles south of Canton, OH) on July 8 and 9, 2009. Water quality trading is a market-based approach to improve water quality. It is an innovative, voluntary tool that connects industrial and municipal f ... more.

Wastewater Treatment Plants Dewater Dairy Manure

... a pilot site for ISS, has entered the process and hopes to receive a permit soon. Other components of the process, both liquid and solid, are considered manure by regulators, he notes, and must be stored according to state and federal regulations. When it comes to applying the by-products to fields, says Vrieze, “we'll work with the farm's crop consultant to make sure that the nutrients you're partitioning are going in the right directions and that the applications fit into your nutrient management plan.” Ultra-filtration uses super-fine membranes to remove suspended particles - which contain nearly all of the P and about half of the N in manure - and creates "tea water" that dairy pr ... more.

Innovative Cropping Systems Incentive Program (ICS)

Innovative Cropping Systems Incentive Program (ICS) Established 1996 ICS is a cooperative program that strives to furnish incentives that advance cropping management systems that offer efficiencies in crop production and enhance pollution reduction performance. ICS adoption incentives include outreach, technical transfer, education, demonstration, research, cooperation, development, partnerships and finan ... more.

California Conservation Tillage Workgroup

... In addition to these information development and dissemination goals, we have also been pursuing means and opportunities for increasing the adoption of CT in California. This workgroup directly addresses the following DANR program priorities: 1) Issue 1. Productivity and Efficiency of Agriculture. Actions 1, 2 and 3 by evaluating and developing comprehensive management systems for crop health and soil quality, and for potentially increasing the water use efficiency of a variety of cropping systems throughout the state by the use of reduced tillage practices. 2) Issue 3. Environmental Quality and Resource Conservation. Actions 1, 5 and 6 by evaluating and developing production systems that may improve input use efficiencies, conserve soil quality and reduce health and envir ... more.

National Aquatic Resource Surveys

The National Aquatic Resource Surveys (NARS) are collaborative programs between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), states and tribes that assess the quality of the nation's inland and coastal waters, providing vital data that can help guide conservation efforts on the landscape. CTIC works with EPA and its partners on technical training to carry out NARS assessments, and to promote conservation systems that help ... more.

2016 Workshop

The National Aquatic Resource Surveys (NARS) Workshop was co-located witht the 10th National Monitoring Conference in Tampa, Florida. The dedicated NARS session was held on Friday, May 6, 2016 from 8:00 am - 12:00 pm. Tony Olsen presented and it was recorded as a webinar. View the agenda. Download a copy of the slides. (7.5 MB).

Links to the National Surveys

Links to the National Surveys The National Aquatic Resource Surveys The National Wetland Condition Assessment The National Coastal Condition Assessment The National Lakes Assessment The National Rivers and Streams Assessment Aquatic Resource Monitoring, EPA ORD Aquatic Resource Monitoring, EPA ORD This Web site provides information on monitoring of aquatic resources in the US, primarily focused on des ... more.

Changes in Manure Management in the Hog Sector: 1998 - 2004

... 29 pp, March 2009 In recent years, structural changes in the hog sector, including increased farm size and regional shifts in production, have altered manure management practices. Also, changes to the Clean Water Act, State regulations, and increasing local conflicts over air quality issues, including odor, have influenced manure management decisions. This study uses data from two national surveys of hog farmers to examine how hog manure management practices vary with the scale of production and how these practices evolved between 1998 and 2004. Included are the effects of structural changes, recent policies on manure management technologies and practices, the use of nutrient management plans, and manure application rates. The findings suggest that larger hog operations are altering their ... more.

Hiram Boon, Delta Conservation Demonstration Center, Greenville, Miss.

... organizations and groups. We are seeing that benefit today. CTIC keeps us informed of opportunities to participate in grants and meetings. This organization is a conduit to share information, and through CTIC, we have the opportunity to share what we are doing with other producers and organizations. The greatest benefits of our CTIC membership, I believe, are receiving the results of surveys conducted by CTIC, and having the opportunity to participate in work groups that are developing methods to resolve issues. By becoming a member of CTIC, you will have the opportunity to be better informed of what is happening in agriculture and get to know other partners that can help in solving issues of mutual concern. CTIC provides me with an opportunity to know and work with a dedi ... more.