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Soil Quality: More than a Soil Test

... and which management practices will improve soil function. SOIL BIOLOGICAL CHARACTERISTICS Respiration All soil breathes. The rate of respiration, which is determined by measuring carbon dioxide production in the soil, indicates biological activity. High respiration does not always indicate good soil quality. When oxygen is added to the plow depth, as in conventional tillage methods, biological activity increases temporarily and microorganisms 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 quali ... more.

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 design and analysis of probability based surveys. Links are provided to other aquatic resour ... more.

Wastewater Treatment Plants Dewater Dairy Manure

John Vrieze's on-farm wastewater treatment system starts with manure (left), removes the suspended solids to create low-P "tea water" (center), then filters out dissolved solids to yield clear water (right). Graphic courtesy of Integrated Separation Systems Wastewater Treatment Plants Dewater Dairy Manure by Steve Werblow Ne ... more.

Operational Tillage Information System (OpTIS)

Automated Use of Remote Sensing Data 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 perform ... more.

4R Nutrient Stewardship: Why Now?

... to farmers’ challenges is the growing awareness of environmental issues, such as climate change and water quality. Research is underway to determine how a comprehensive set of fertilizer best management practices (BMP) and conservation best management practices may help reduce nutrient pollution and soil erosion. To help address these issues, the 4R nutrient stewardship system was developed. This peer-reviewed set of BMPs promotes the use of the right fertilizer source at the right rate, the right time and the right place. The Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) board of directors recently adopted the 4R nutrient stewardship system as the basis for managing nutrients at the field level. The 4R system continues to gain support ... more.

Tillage Type Definitions

... 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, and reduced-till. Conservation Tillage Types (30 percent or more crop residue left, after planting). Any tillage and planting system that covers 30 percent or more of the soil surface with crop residue, after planting, to reduce soil erosion by water. Where soil erosion by wind is the primary concern, any system that maintains at least 1, ... more.

Data on Conservation Practices

... 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 Residue Management Survey Data ... 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 pla ... more.

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

... in the soils. Increased organic matter serves as a food source to various soil organisms and increases the biological activity. Higher biological activity increases nutrient cycling and availability and also reduces nutrient loss from runoff. Soil structure and tilth are improved, increasing infiltration rates and reducing compaction. Despite these benefits, many farmers still believe tillage leads to higher corn yields. In a single year, this may be true. With tillage, the breakdown of organic matter is accelerated, and nutrients are quickly released to the crop. However, continuous tillage decreases soil organic matter, decreasing the overall level of released nutrients. With less organic matter, soil productivity and soil structure decline. Over time, our soils have lost 50 to 70 p ... more.

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

... 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 tillage systems and buffering riparian areas. "We've accomplished all those goals and had a big positive response in our surface waters and wetlands," he adds. "But the water passing through the drainage systems still needed some sort of treatment and is still very energy-charged when it comes out the outlet." As a result, drainage water management co ... more.

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 perform ... more.

California Conservation Tillage Workgroup

... and training demonstrations as well as produce UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (DANR) publications and internet materials that summarize research that the workgroup conducts. In addition, the Workgroup pursues means and opportunities for increasing the adoption of conservation tillage in California. Mission, Goals and Contact Information Workgroup Purpose, Structure and Operational Procedures: The purpose of the DANR Conservation Tillage Workgroup is to 1) develop knowledge and exchange information on CT production systems, 2) coordinate related research and extension programs, 3) respond to needs for information on reduced tillage production alternatives, and 4) plan and conduct statewide and regional conferences, workshops and training demonstrations as well as produc ... 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) of the planted cropland in the U.S. by 2004. Where is the use of conservation tillage expected to i ... more.

Understanding Conservation Tillage Systems Resources

... the following CTIC resources in the Free Download section of CTIC’s Online Store. Better Soil, Better Yields is a guidebook to improving soil organic matter and infiltration with continuous no-till. Facilitating Conservation Farming Practices and Enhancing Environmental Sustainability with Agricultural Biotechnology explores environmental benefits of conservation tillage, facilitated significantly by biotechnology crops. A Review of BMPs for Managing Crop Nutrients and Conservation Tillage to Improve Water Quality reviews research on nutrient best management practices (BMPs) for nitrogen and phosphorus, with emphasis on integrating BMPs with conservation tillage. CTIC leads initiatives to promote and encourage adoption of conservation systems ... more.

Lessening the Pain

... dining on their Christmas feasts in the cabs of their combines. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Nov. 17, 2009 “Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin,” only 54 percent of the nation’s corn crop had been harvested, compared to the five-year average of 89 percent at that date – the slowest rate in 35 years. Regardless of a farmer’s chosen tillage methods, he’s likely felt the pain and frustration of a slow, tedious harvest. However, for producers choosing no-till farming, the challenges might be a bit less painful. Producers using no-till cropping systems sometimes may see a delay in planting, as the soil can take a few more days to warm to planting temperatures. However, the benefits of a no-till system can far outweigh ... more.

CTIC project updates

... or a farmer that fits this description, contact Chad Watts at watts@ctic.org. OpTIS: CTIC is currently working with Applied GeoSolutions, a data analytics company based out of New Hampshire, to refine and implement a remote sensing-based system that estimates crop residue amounts and determines the presence or absence of cover crops on cropland. Through this technology, called the Operational Tillage Information System (OpTIS), CTIC will lead the next phase of the Crop Residue Management (CRM) survey, which CTIC operated between 1989 and 2004. The current OpTIS project will collect crop residue and cover crops data from the U.S. Corn Belt between 2005 and 2017, filling gaps in tillage records that have widened since CTIC’s last national survey in 2004. In addition ... more.

CTIC project updates

... or a farmer that fits this description, contact Chad Watts at watts@ctic.org. OpTIS: CTIC is currently working with Applied GeoSolutions, a data analytics company based out of New Hampshire, to refine and implement a remote sensing-based system that estimates crop residue amounts and determines the presence or absence of cover crops on cropland. Through this technology, called the Operational Tillage Information System (OpTIS), CTIC will lead the next phase of the Crop Residue Management (CRM) survey, which CTIC operated between 1989 and 2004. The current OpTIS project will collect crop residue and cover crops data from the U.S. Corn Belt between 2005 and 2017, filling gaps in tillage records that have widened since CTIC’s last national survey in 2004. In addition ... more.

CTIC project updates

... a farmer that fits this description, contact Tammy Taylor attaylor@ctic.org OpTIS: CTIC is currently working with Applied GeoSolutions, a data analytics company based out of New Hampshire, to refine and implement a remote sensing-based system that estimates crop residue amounts and determines the presence or absence of cover crops on cropland. Through this technology, called the Operational Tillage Information System (OpTIS), CTIC will lead the next phase of the Crop Residue Management (CRM) survey, which CTIC operated between 1989 and 2004. The current OpTIS project will collect crop residue and cover crops data from the U.S. Corn Belt between 2005 and 2017, filling gaps in tillage records that have widened since CTIC’s last national survey in 2004. In addition ... more.

WATERSHED NETWORKING SESSIONS AND WORKSHOPS

... Quality Monitoring Workshop November 2007 Presentation Titles Watershed Planning and Nine Key Elements Getting the Big Picture: How toLook at Your Watershed Purposes ofChemical, Physical and Biological Monitoring Common Monitoring Parameters and Measurement Methods Accessing Existing Web-based Data for Assessment and Planning Using Riverwatch Data for Assessment and Planning Observational Approaches-NRCS SVAP, Aerial Photos, Habitat RBPs Characterizing Baseline Waterbody Conditions Interpreting and Using Existing Data to Identify Pollution Causes and Sources Monitoring and Pollutant Load Estimation Simple Spreadsheet Models and More Complex Models Id ... more.

Trading Up for Water Quality

... be expensive to install technology to deal with the pollution coming out of these systems. They’re interested in coordinating with nonpoint-source contributors.” Although the EPA and USDA grants were awarded in the fall of 2009, EPRI has worked on water quality trading issues for years. Prior to applying for these grants, EPRI had invested nearly $1 million in a business case assessment, running cost-benefit scenarios and determining interest from potential stakeholders. “EPRI has been working in the Ohio River Basin for quite some time,” Fox says. “It passed our feasibility assessment against 30 criteria for a quality water quality trading program. We did our due diligence for four years, and the decision wasn’t made off the cuff.” Many E ... more.

Trading Up for Water Quality

... be expensive to install technology to deal with the pollution coming out of these systems. They’re interested in coordinating with nonpoint-source contributors.” Although the EPA and USDA grants were awarded in the fall of 2009, EPRI has worked on water quality trading issues for years. Prior to applying for these grants, EPRI had invested nearly $1 million in a business case assessment, running cost-benefit scenarios and determining interest from potential stakeholders. “EPRI has been working in the Ohio River Basin for quite some time,” Fox says. “It passed our feasibility assessment against 30 criteria for a quality water quality trading program. We did our due diligence for four years, and the decision wasn’t made off the cuff.” Many E ... more.

NPS Monitoring Workshop Presentations

Intro to Watershed Planning & 9 Elements Getting the Big Picture Purposes of Chemical, Physical, and Biological Monitoring Common Monitoring Parameters Accessing Existing and Web Based Data Using Hoosier RiverWatch Data for Assessment and Planning Observational Approaches to Monitoring and Assessment Characterizing Baseline Water Body Conditions Interpreting and Using Existing Data to Identify Pollution Causes and Sources Monitoring and Pollutant Load Estimation Load Estimation Models and Spreadsheets Identifying Critical Areas for BMP Applications Linking BMPs to Pollutant Sources Data Quality Objectives and Q ... more.

UNDERSTANDING CONSERVATION TILLAGE SYSTEMS

... primary hypothesis is that the way in which information is presented will significantly affect farmers’ interest in and eventual adoption of offset-eligible practices. In many cases,it isbelieved thatthis framing effect will be as strong as or stronger than the effect of a modest offset payment. The information presented promotes conservation tillage with an environmental stewardship frame versus a neutral, 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 Univers ... more.

CROP RESIDUE MANAGEMENT SURVEY

The National Crop Residue Management Survey is a valuable tool that can be used to measure adoption of important soil-saving practices, demonstrate energy cost savings and monitor efforts to improve the environment. The Survey has been compiled and tracked by CTIC since 1982 and is the only survey in the U.S. to measure and track the type of tillage used by crop at the county level. Tillage methods tracked include no-till, ridge-till, reduced-till and intensive/conventional tillage, according to NRCS definitions. Project Partners State offices of the Natural Resources Conservation Service, local NRCS field offices, Conservation Districts and Extension offices Project Description The nationwide survey of cons ... more.

Decentralized Wastewater Treatment Webinars

... Mentioned in the Presentation: 10-State Standards EPA Manuals Decentralized Water Resources Collaborative/WERF Project Products Lowe, et al. 2007 CIDWT Practitioner Curriculum Factors Affecting the Performance of Primary Treatment in Decentralized Wastewater Systems (D'Amato 2008) IAMPO Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC) Assessment of Grease Interceptor Performance (Ducoste 2008) Resources for manifold diameter vs flow November 30th: Focus on Decentralized Wastewater System Design : Part 2 Advanced Treatment Options: Customized and Proprietary Units Clustered Collection and Treatment Systems Treatment System Operation and Maintenance View the November 30th presentation, Vic D' ... more.

Fast vs. Fuel - The New No-Till Debate

... says Dan Gillespie, a corn and soybean grower from Nebraska's Loess Hills who also serves as the state no-till specialist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Nebraska. “He stopped by and said, ‘I had a wonderful time no-tilling my field yesterday. My neighbor had a four-wheel-drive tractor and a field cultivator out, and while he was running out there doing tillage, I was planting.'” Back to Basics In April, Gillespie compared the difference in time and fuel between conventional tillage and no-till. “I wanted to give farmers a direct look so they could say, ‘this is how much it's costing me and this is how much time it's taking. Is it worth it?'” Gillespie says. ... more.

CTIC project updates

... a farmer that fits this description, contact Tammy Taylor attaylor@ctic.org OpTIS: CTIC is currently working with Applied GeoSolutions, a data analytics company based out of New Hampshire, to refine and implement a remote sensing-based system that estimates crop residue amounts and determines the presence or absence of cover crops on cropland. Through this technology, called the Operational Tillage Information System (OpTIS), CTIC will lead the next phase of the Crop Residue Management (CRM) survey, which CTIC operated between 1989 and 2004. The current OpTIS project will collect crop residue and cover crops data from the U.S. Corn Belt between 2005 and 2017, filling gaps in tillage records that have widened since CTIC’s last national survey in 2004. In addition ... more.

CTIC Project Updates

... farmer that fits this description, contact Tammy Taylor at taylor@ctic.org. OpTIS: CTIC is currently working with Applied GeoSolutions, a data analytics company based out of New Hampshire, to refine and implement a remote sensing-based system that estimates crop residue amounts and determines the presence or absence of cover crops on cropland. Through this technology, called the Operational Tillage Information System (OpTIS), CTIC will lead the next phase of the Crop Residue Management (CRM) survey, which CTIC operated between 1989 and 2004. The current OpTIS project will collect crop residue and cover crops data from the U.S. Corn Belt between 2005 and 2017, filling gaps in tillage records that have widened since CTIC's last national survey in 2004. In additi ... 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 ... more.

Strip-till Nitrogen

Keep nutrients in the Right Place, where crops can use them. The farmer uses real-time kinematic precision guidance to apply N fertilizer in fall or early spring in a closely-controlled location relative to where the seed will be sown. Strip-till conservation systems use minimal tillage. They combine soil drying and warming benefits of conventional tillage and soil-protecting advantages of no-till by disturbing only the portion of soil that will contain the seed row. Here we are using fall applied N with an RTK strip-till system and comparing it to a conventional chisel plow system. A special feature at this site is the demonstration of N ... more.

CTIC Launches New Conservation Information Website

... 12, 2018)—The Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC), a clearinghouse of information on conservation farming 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 conserv ... more.

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

... said Dan Uthe, an industrial process consultant with Novecta in Johnson, Iowa. The first day of the consultation was dedicated to exploring the science of soil carbon sequestration in the soil. Researchers from the South American tropics, the Australian bush, the Midwestern United States and China presented the results of their studies on how soil carbon levels responded to various tillage regimes. Not surprisingly, there were no simple answers. Changes in soil carbon are small – imagine finding 1,000 pounds of carbon 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 r ... more.

Southern Plains Agricultural Resources Coalition (SPARC)

... beneficial results are: 1. Soil Quality 2. Economics 3. Water Resources Soil Quality Concerns The general soil quality condition indicates a declining trend in soil organic matter content. This indicator is the reason the Southern Plains Agricultural Resources Coalition chose soil quality concern on cropland as the primary resource concern. This decline is largely due to the tillage practices and lack of crop rotations employed over the last 40 or 50 years. Soil organic matter levels are characteristically below 0.5% on cropland and continue to trend downward. This is well below the 3.5 to 4.5% present before tillage was introduced to this area. Among other things, tillage practices on cropland have been used to bury and/or chop up crop residues in order to speed up th ... 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 farmers were no-tilling. Attempting CNT without proper technical knowledge may cause a disastrous first year and taint opinions toward the practice. Potential economic risks and yield losses during the first five years also can cause farmers to resist CNT. However, if farmers can maintain a CNT system for th ... 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, educational and social support ... more.

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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.

Ecocommerce: The Next Generation Ecoservice Market

... emergence of this ecoservice economy, especially to policymakers and traders who will serve as the driving force for the development of policies related to ecosystem services. To learn more about this book, visit www.ecocommerce.us.com. About the Writer: Tim Gieseke farms part-time in southern Minnesota and through Ag Resource Strategies, LLC provides agro-environmental assessment services. His book is titled, EcoCommerce 101: The Emergence of an Invisible Hand to Sustain the Bio-Economy and is scheduled for release in May 2010.

Planning Now Can Avoid Permit Later

... “similar to” ditches. The stakes, and the potential benefits, are high for both the medium-sized producer and the rest of the stakeholders in their watershed. Applying for an NPDES permit can be expensive and time-consuming—a particular challenge for relatively modest-sized farms—and compliance can require expensive modifications to a farm operation. Clear-eyed assessment and a clear sense of water quality regulations can help medium AFO operators protect water quality while reducing their regulatory burden. CAFO vs. AFO At their most basic, CAFOs are animal feeding operations of roughly 1,000 animal units or more in which animals are confined or fed for 45 days or more in a 12-month period in an area where crops or vegetation is not maintained. Many CAFOs ... more.

Alberta Reduced Tillage LINKAGES

Established 1994 Reduced Tillage LINKAGES (RTL) is an extension organization that focuses on increasing the adoption of sustainable production systems, based on reduced tillage, by Alberta farmers and ranchers. The program is a partnership with broad-based farmer, industry, educational, wildlife, and government support and employs five agronomists. Mission, Goals and Contact Information Mission Statement: To be the l ... more.

Turning Manure into Energy

... for himself. Impressed by what he saw, he came home and started raising money to bring the technology to Minnesota. With an investment by Fibrowatt and bonds to raise the balance of the $200 million it took to create the project, Fibrominn was born. It officially opened in October 2007. The Wiese brothers found their solution a little closer to home in the $3.6-million Elimanure system, designed by Wisconsin-based Skill Associates. Though their 2,600 owned acres and 2,600 rented acres represented enough land for agronomically acceptable manure application, building a power plant on the dairy reduced their manure movement from an 8-mile radius to about 1,000 feet of pipeline. Because water comprises more than half of the weight of dairy manure, the Wieses' Elim ... more.

Anaerobic Digesters: A Community Approach

... to 105 to 110 degrees Fahrenheit. Those are ideal conditions for the bacteria that convert solids in the manure into methane and carbon dioxide. As the bacteria work their way through the manure over the course of days or weeks, the gas is captured, cleansed to enhance its energy value and fed to methane-powered engines that generate electricity. Heat from the process feeds the manure-warming system and other industrial processes, including Inland Empire’s reverse-osmosis desalination plant, which produces 14 million gallons of drinking water daily for local residents. While the generators spin out 1 megawatt (MW) of electricity per day—enough to supply about half of what IEUA consumes—the environment wins in other ways, too. Odors and pathogens are controlled, volati ... more.

2015 Tour Wrap-Up

... Crop Interseeding in Rice County" Stop #3 - Dave Legvold Farm, Northfield, Minn. Drainage water management, including a saturated buffer demonstration, and SWCD's role in buffers, highlighting Dakota County's Farmland and Natural Areas Program (FNAP) Download the handout Saturated Buffers: A new approach to water quality Impacts of reduced tillage on soil health and a demonstration of Soil Warrior strip-tillage equipment Download the handout Fine-Tuning Nitrogen Rates for Strip-Tilled Corn Download the handout Reduce Wind Erosion for Long Term Productivity Download the handout Considerations for Corn Residue Harvest in Minnesota Stop #4 - Phil and Nate Ma ... more.

Strip Till Nitrogen Application

Keep nutrients in the Right Place, where crops can use them. The farmer uses real-time kinematic precision guidance to apply N fertilizer in fall or early spring in a closely-controlled location relative to where the seed will be sown. Strip-till conservation systems use minimal tillage. They combine soil drying and warming benefits of conventional tillage and soil-protecting advantages of no-till by disturbing only the portion of soil that will contain the seed row. Here we are using fall applied N with an RTK strip-till system and comparing it to a conventional chisel plow system. A special feature at this site is the demonstration of N use efficiency (NUE) rate comparis ... more.

Integrated Manure Management: Good Neighbors, Good Business

... 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 centers, each followed by a 12-inch Dietrich sweep with an injector. The result: quick, accurate placement of manure 4 to 6 inches below the soil surface. B ... more.

Top 10 Conservation Tillage Benefits

Conservation tillage systems offer numerous benefits that intensive or conventional tillage simply can’t match: 1. Reduces labor, saves time As little as one trip for planting compared to two or more tillage operations means fewer hours on a tractor and fewer labor hours to pay ... or more acres to farm. For instance, on 500 acres the time savings can be as much as 225 hours per year. That ... more.

AgSTAR FarmWare Version 3.3

On November 23, 2009, Agstar released FarmWare Version 3.3. FarmWare is an analytical tool designed to provide a preliminary assessment on the feasibility of integrating anaerobic digestion into an existing or planned manure management system. The new version contains updated computations for biogas generation and costs of digester systems. The software can be downloaded free from the AgSTAR Web site.

Pest Management

... soils on your farm are likely to leach pesticides? Did you establish filter strips along streams? Did you consider pest control alternatives? Did you use records of crops and pest control for reference? Did you rotate crops to reduce the chance of pest problems? Tech notes Following are guidelines to follow for applying and mixing pesticides: Complete a pesticide risk assessment of potential environmental damage from leaching or runoff. Consider this information when selecting a pesticide. Wear protective clothing when applying pesticides. Mix and load pesticides in an area that won't contaminate water supplies; and prevent back siphoning. Triple rinse containers before disposal. Burn paper bags. Apply pesticides during periods of minimal potential for drift ... more.

Experts Dispute Study That Relates No-Till to Algae Problem

... 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 For more information about conservation tillage, visit CTIC's web site: www.conservationinformation.org/?action=learningcenter_core4_convotill For any additional questions, contact Norm Widman at norm.widman@wdc.usda.gov or 202-720-3783. Potential practices and management to address increased soluble reactive phosphorus: Use continuous no-till cropping and high-residue mulch till systems to improve soil tilth ... more.

Conservation Tillage Photos and Graphics

... a field, depositing seeds in the soil while hardly disturbing the surface of the field (no-till). The field is covered with stalks and other crop residues from a past corn harvest. These crop residues will protect the soil while nourishing the new crop. Size: 997 x 1000 pixels (566k) Source: Case The rows in this field have been ridged by farming equipments system known as ridge-till. The farmer then plants new seeds on top of each ridge while keeping the stalks and other crop residues on the surface of the field. Size: 1000 x 679 pixels (417k) Source: CTIC This graphic explains some of the benefits of no-till and illustrates the no-till planting method. (this graphic most appropriate for use in corn growing or row crop regions of the U.S ... more.

Water and Sediment Control Basin

... acres. * Build the basin large enough to control the runoff from a 10-year storm without overtopping. Install a tile or infiltration outlet. * Use fill material free if sod, roots, frozen materials and stones larger than 6 inches in diameter. It should also have correct moisture content for adequate compaction. Spacing for water and sediment control basins depends on the land slope, tillage and management system. Consult NRCS for recommended spacing. Maintenance Reseed and fertilize as needed to maintain vegetative cover. Check the basin after each large storm, and make any needed repairs. * Check local recommendations.

Research & Technology Briefs

Research & Technology Briefs What’s Your Fieldprint? Corn, cotton, soybean, and wheat growers now have access to a free, confidential online tool that will assess how some operational decisions affect natural resource conservation and sustainability. The Fieldprint Calculator, available at www.fieldtomarket.org, provides an easy way to analyze and assess their current land use, energy use, water use, greenhouse gas emission, and soil loss. It also explores various scenarios that may help improve farm natural resource management and, ultimately, their operation efficien ... 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 the rest requires a log in and password (secured data). Passwords are given to institutional and corporate members ... more.

Conservation Tillage and Plant Biotechnology

Conservation Tillage and Plant Biotechnology: How New Technologies Can Improve the Environment By Reducing the Need to Plow Introduces and outlines environmental benefits of conservation tillage, while highlighting trends that like biotechnology with conservation tillage.

CONSERVATION AGRICULTURE SYSTEMS ALLIANCE (CASA)

... and partners Promote consistent messages about conservation agriculture Share information about conservation agriculture Endorse adoption of "the ideal" conservation agriculture systems Facilitate removal of barriers and support member organizations Influence policy on a broad level Current CASA Members Conservation Tillage Workgroup (California) Delta Conservation Demonstration Center (Mississippi) Georgia Conservation Tillage Alliance Innovative Cropping Systems (Virginia) Manitoba-North Dakota Zero Tillage Farmers Association Mexican Conservation Tillage Association No-Till on the Plains Ohio No-Till Council Pacific Northwest Direct Seed Association Pennsylvania No-Till Allianc ... more.

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 watersheds (Lake Michigan Watershed, ... 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.

Georgia Conservation Tillage Alliance

Georgia Conservation Tillage Alliance The mission of the Georgia Conservation Tillage Alliance is to promote the adoption of conservation tillage and other economically viable and environmentally sound agricultural and natural resource management practices through research, education, and communication. Contact Information www.gcta-ga.org

2010 Fall National Wetlands Monitoring & Assessment Work Group (NWMAWG) Workshop

December 7-9, 2010 Raleigh, NC Theme: Monitoring and Assessment to Support State and Tribal Wetland Protection State and Tribal Wetland Regulatory Programs. Roundtable Discussion: Use of monitoring and assessment information in the development of a state wetland regulatory program - Michelle Henicheck, VA DEQ - Tammy Hill, NC DENR - Barb Scott, KY DOW: Kentucky 401 WQC Program - Mick Miccachion, OH EPA - Ted Walsh, NH DEC: Summary Presentation: Jo ... more.

MARKET FEASIBILITY ASSESSMENT: WABASH RIVER BASIN WATER QUALITY TRADING

Gulf of Mexico hypoxia issues pose a significant challenge in addressing the protection of the marine environment given the sheer magnitude of excess nutrient loading and the size of the contributing Mississippi River watershed. This nutrient loading is a result of cumulative nutrientdischarges across the largest river basin in North America, the Mississippi River Basin. The Wabash River watershed contributes a significant n ... more.

Air Management Practices Tool - Iowa State University Extension

The purpose of this Air Management Practices Assessment Tool is to guide you through a process of determining which mitigation practices are best suited to your operation and your objectives. The website is organized into four air emissions of interest: dust (particulates), odor, ammonia, and hydrogen sulfide. Within each gas or emittent, sources of emission are categorized by housing, manure storage, or land application.

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

... Maryland's Water Quality Trading Program - Phase II - Agricultural Nutrient Trading in Maryland - John Rhoderick Presenter Water Quality Trading: Issues from the Wastewater Plant Perspective - Cy Jones Presenter Water Quality Credit Trading Workshop - Jim Klang Presenter The Nation's Conservation Districts - Bob Ensor Presenter Farm Stewardship Certification and Assessment Program (FSCAP) - Gerald Talbert Presenter CTIC Water Quality Credit Aggregators - George Kelly Presenter Introduction to Maryland Water Quality Issues - Cy Jones Presenter Water Quality Trading Opportunities in Maryland and the Bay - Are you ready to trade? - Mark Kieser Presenter Resources and Speaker Information: Related Resources Speaker Contact Information Speake ... more.

A Watershed Approach to Urban Runoff: Handbook for Decisionmakers Guide

A Watershed Approach to Urban Runoff: Handbook for Decisionmakers Guide The watershed management approach to assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating, with an overview of assessment and management tools.This text provides detailed insights into structural and non-structural best management practices and sample site plans. Produced by the Terrene Institute in conjunction with EPA Region 5 (1996, 115 pages).

National Soil Tilth Laboratory

... Soil Tilth Laboratory USDA Agricultural Research Service Established 1989 Research laboratory within the USDA-ARS organization charged with conducting research on farming systems and their impact on air, soil, and water quality. Multidisciplinary research teams address problems using multiple scales of studies that range from basic laboratory analyses of soils to watershed and regional assessment of farming systems impacts on environmental quality and production efficiency. Mission, Goals and Contact Information www.ars.usda.gov/mwa/ames/nstl

Tour Agenda

... Indiana Managing manure and nutrients to protect water quality Nutrient recycling strategies and management plan Herd/dairy management and research 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Muller Farm –Oxford, Indiana Drainage water management Big Pine Creek watershed project Drainage water management system Absentee landowner Lunch(Muller Farm) 1:30 – 3:00 pm DeSutter Farm –Attica, Indiana Fundamentals of soil health Principles of a soil health system Agronomic and economic benefits of soil health Soil pit and rainfall simulator demonstration 3:30 – 5:00 pm ... more.

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)

Putting Producers in the Driver's Seat

Drainage water management systems can help to increase soil organic matter, eliminate compaction problems and reduce nitrate loss to nearby waterways. Smart Drainage System™ Photo courtesy of Agri Drain Putting Producers in the Driver's Seat By Lisa Newby The public is becoming more aware of what agricultural producers have always kno ... more.

John Deere Advances Stewardship in Agriculture

... produced in an environmentally responsible manner,” Mann says. “And, we are trying to produce products that are sustainable, as well.” Deere’s construction and forestry division continually seeks ways to become more environmentally friendly, Mann says. Most recently, Deere has focused on producing sustainable biomass solutions. In this process, energy wood-harvesting systems collect woody biomass, which is formed into bundles for immediate use. “This is an efficient, low-carbon fuel source,” Mann says. “Woody biomass holds great promise as an environmentally sustainable and beneficial energy source that can provide renewable energy for businesses, schools and homes.” Deere also connects with other members of the agricultural sector ... more.

A Look Back and a Glimpse into 2009

... 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 ideas and information exchange among producers, consultants and rese ... more.

Ag Consulting Trainings

... 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 Discovery Farms (30 mins.) Dabbs Farm: Conservation practices used on the farm including a tail water recovery system and conservation tillage, experience with adopting them, and on-farm benefits - Terry Dabbs, Farmer & Michele Reba, ARS (75-90 min) 12:00 PM ~ (boxed lunch provided @ the farm) Return to Stuttgart Public Library around noon Topics of discussion The Stevens Farm: Precision irrigation and its place in a practical system. Impacts on productivity and water quality, including results of ... more.

Workshop

... 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 Discovery Farms (30 mins.) Dabbs Farm: Conservation practices used on the farm including a tail water recovery system and conservation tillage, experience with adopting them, and on-farm benefits - Terry Dabbs, Farmer & Michele Reba, ARS (75-90 min) 12:00 PM ~ (boxed lunch provided @ the farm) Arrive back at Stuttgart Public Library around noon Topics of discussion The Stevens Farm: Precision irrigation and its place in a practical system. Impacts on productivity and water quality, including result ... more.

Workshops

... 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 Discovery Farms (30 mins.) Dabbs Farm: Conservation practices used on the farm including a tail water recovery system and conservation tillage, experience with adopting them, and on-farm benefits - Terry Dabbs, Farmer & Michele Reba, ARS (75-90 min) 12:00 PM ~ (boxed lunch provided @ the farm) Return to Stuttgart Public Library around noon Topics of discussion The Stevens Farm: Precision irrigation and its place in a practical system. Impacts on productivity and water quality, including results of on-farm wa ... more.

Don't miss the CTIC Conservation In Action Tour 2008

... 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 • 98 percent of compost produced is used on their farm for fertilizer and soil amendment • Nearly 50 acres of conservation buffers along ditches Meadowlane Farms , Frankfort, Indiana • Tillage reduced by 75 percent on 1,300 acres of corn and soybeans • Balanced feed rations to produce balanced manure from 15,000-head hog operation • Custom-application of manure through a homemade injector attached to a hose nearly two miles long • Reduced water content by 50 percent with new technology that manages pigs' use of water Rulon Enterprises , Arcadia, Indiana ... more.

Demonstration: Slow Release Fertilizer

Herb and Aaron Steffen manage a 900-acre grain farm in southern Livingston and northern McLean counties. They hosted a demonstration and two nutrient use efficiency (NUE) trials. The Steffens plant corn continuously on two-thirds of the acres and rotate planting of corn and soybeans on the rest of the land. Their minimum tillage practices leave at least 30% of the previous crops’ residue on the soil surface. This residue decreases soil erosion and feeds nutrients back to the soil. They apply nitrogen after the corn plants emerge, when nutrient needs are the greatest. This minimizes nitrogen lost to air and water. To maximize efficiency, farmers must select the right nutrient source. A controlled-release nitro ... more.

Sidedress Phosphorus + MicroEssentials

... uniform nutrient distribution and provides essential nutrients crops need in one granule. It has two forms of sulfur for season-long nutrition. Operation Herb and Aaron Steffen, of Cropsey, Ill., operate a 900 acre grain farm in southern Livingston and northern Mclean counties. Two thirds of the acreage is devoted to continuous corn with one third in a corn/soybean rotation. Minimum tillage practices are used to leave at least 30% residue on the soil surface. Nitrogen is applied after the corn has emerged, and when the plant needs are the greatest, to minimize loss of nitrogen through leaching. Currently there are three test plots on the Steffen farm. Resource: Steffen Corn on Corn No-till Mosaic Microssentials® MESZ Right Source Match ... 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 Michigan State University with a ... more.

Slow Release Fertilizer

Herb and Aaron Steffen manage a 900-acre grain farm in southern Livingston and northern McLean counties. They hosted a demonstration and two nutrient use efficiency (NUE) trials. The Steffens plant corn continuously on two-thirds of the acres and rotate planting of corn and soybeans on the rest of the land. Their minimum tillage practices leave at least 30% of the previous crops’ residue on the soil surface. This residue decreases soil erosion and feeds nutrients back to the soil. They apply nitrogen after the corn plants emerge, when nutrient needs are the greatest. This minimizes nitrogen lost to air and water. To maximize efficiency, farmers must select the right nutrient source. A controlled-rele ... more.

Sidedress Phosphorus + MicroEssentials

... nutrition. It was side-dressed at two rates with a control plot where it was not applied. Operation Herb and Aaron Steffen, of Cropsey, Ill., operate a 900 acre grain farm in southern Livingston and northern Mclean counties. Two thirds of the acreage is devoted to continuous corn with one third in a corn/soybean rotation. Minimum tillage practices are used to leave at least 30% residue on the soil surface. Nitrogen is applied after the corn has emerged, and when the plant needs are the greatest, to minimize loss of nitrogen through leaching. Currently there are three test plots on the Steffen farm. >>More study details ... more.

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 corn.

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.

Partners Contribution June 2010

... and the potential impact on conservation. The 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 ... more.

CTIC News

... CTIC Web site, www.ctic.org. To become a valued sponsor of this event, contact CTIC at 765-494-9555. New CTIC publication to detail environmental benefits of agricultural biotechnology Agricultural biotechnology is a powerful tool for increasing yields, improving crop quality and characteristics, and facilitating sustainable farming practices such as conservation tillage — all vital to keeping up with the world’s growing demand for food, feed, fuel and fiber. A new booklet developed by the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) — “Facilitating Conservation Farming Practices and Enhancing Environmental Sustainability with Agricultural Biotechnology” — digs deep into the data surrounding the adoption of biotech ... more.

CTIC Welcomes New Members

... catalytic reduction systems in its facilities and has implemented projects to reduce toxic emissions of ammonia, nitrate and methanol. Currently, the company is installing low-NOx burners and greenhouse abatement systems to further reduce NOx and carbon dioxide emissions. www.terraindustries.com INSTITUTIONAL Alberta Reduced Tillage LINKAGES (RTL) The Alberta Reduced Tillage LINKAGES (RTL) program is a partnership with broad-based farmer, industry, educational, wildlife and government support. RTL's mission is to be a reliable and trustworthy resource focused on increasing the adoption of sustainable production systems by Alberta farmers and ranchers. www.reducedtillage.ca/ ... more.

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.

CTIC Conservation in Action Tour Draws 130+ to Chesapeake Bay

... staffers, soil and water conservation district personnel, environmental and agribusiness leaders, and others gathered on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay for CTIC’s “Bringing Back the Bay” Conservation in Action Tour July 10 and 11. The Chesapeake Bay has become the proving ground for a wide range of best management practices (BMPs) designed to protect the fragile system from excess nutrients and sediments flowing in from a 64,000-square-mile watershed that reaches all the way into New York State. 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 produce ... more.

2016 Tour Wrap-Up

... in Action Tour This tour showcased the diversity of crops in Idaho's Treasure Valley —- more than 180 crops ranging from potatoes to dairy products to trout.. Farmers, crop consultants, agribusiness professionals, state and federal agency representatives, and conservation group leaders visited four farms to see conservation agriculture and innovative conservation systems up-close. What We Learned: Stop #1 - Dixon Farm, Greenleaf, Idaho Water quality and availability as it impacts high-efficiency irrigation Irrigation/water delivery system Semi-permanent drip irrigation Managing multi-year crops in highly variable soils Stop #2 – M&M Feedlot, Parma, Idaho Business and neighborly impacts of c ... 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 Oilsee ... more.

Conservation Reserve Program - Exit Strategies

A group of agriculture and conservation stakeholders in the Pacific Northwest is working to devise strategies that will ease the transition of land protected under the Conservation Reserve Program to no-till production system. Photo courtesy of CTIC Conservation Reserve Program – Exit Strategies By Russ Evans In the rain-fed region of the inland Pacific Northwest (PNW) – especially the dryer, low rainfall regions that rely on summer fallow – the regular calls for Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) signup were met with enthusiasm ... more.

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

... water from their operations. EPA's New CAFO Rule Changes "Duty to Apply" for NPDES Permit By Steve Werblow A new rule for confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs) requires only operations that discharge or “propose to discharge” water from their facilities to apply for National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits. However, according to Allison Wiedeman of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), applying for the NPDES permit – which all CAFOs were formerly required to do – remains the least risky way for CAFO operators to make sure they don’t run afoul of clean water regulations. “We’re understanding more than ever that the advantage of gett ... more.

Bedded Pack Management Case Study

Animal manure management is a significant challenge for many small dairy farms. One manure management system in limited use is a bedded pack. A bedded pack management system (BPMS) is defined here as a covered barnyard and feeding area that holds a variety of dairy cattle, storing their manure through the accumulation of an unturned bedding of dry material for later use as a nutrient amendment.

Economic and Environmental Benefits of Nutrient Management

... 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 of your production system, you can reduce risk and, ultimately, maximize profit. Environment. Good nutrient management planning is an integral part of a system of practices that conserve and enhance natural resources. It reduces production and environmental risks. The more nutrients your crop converts to grain or fiber, the less opportunity for nutrients to reach streams, lakes or groundwater. And, if you’re like ... 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 &n ... more.

Nitrogen Application Timing

... 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 ... more.

Contour Farming

... or stripcropping needed for steeper slopes? Are field borders needed to replace end rows in the contouring system to control sheet and rill erosion? Tech notes Establish a key line around the hill by using a hand level or contour gauge. Contour key line grade should not exceed 2% except within 100 feet of an outlet. In that case, the grade can be a 3% slope. Perform all tillage and planting operations parallel to the key contour line. Contouring is less effective in preventing soil erosion on steeper or longer slopes. Replace end rows with field borders to reduce erosion. Topography may be too steep and/or irregular to contour. Maintenance Use grassed waterways in areas where runoff is concentrated to prevent gully erosion. Contoured rows should ... 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 A ... more.

Strip Tillage Fall Nitrogen Application

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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.

FACILITATING CONSERVATION FARMING PRACTICES AND ENHANCING ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY WITH AGRICULTURAL BIOTECHNOLOGY

CTIC, with funding provided by the United Soybean Board, updated its 2003 publication on conservation tillage and biotechnology. CTIC's new publication, "Facilitating Conservation Farming Practices and Enhancing Environmental Sustainability with Agricultural Biotechnology", explores the environmental benefits of conservation tillage practices, which are facilitated significantly by biotechnology crops. The publication, reviewed by a panel of experts, shows the dramatic improvements in envir ... more.

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

... 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.

Cover Crops and Conservation Tillage

Cover Crops and Conservation Tillage Reduce NPS Pollution Project Description

Switching to Conservation Tillage

Biotech crops have reduced the risks and challenges of switching to conservation tillage or no-till practices. Since glyphosate-tolerant crops were introduced in 1996, acreage of no-till full-season soybeans in the U.S. has increased by nearly 70%. Click here to see the data.

National Tillage Trends 1990-2004

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

Weed and Pest Management

... that allow for better control, with minimum risk to the environment. Resistant plants, cultural controls, soil amendments, beneficial insects, natural enemies, barriers, physical treatments, behavioral disruptants, biological and conventional pesticides are some of these management strategies. Increases Profits Inputs such as mechanical cultivation, pesticides, fertilizers and tillage trips cost money. By using best management practices to apply these inputs when they are actually needed, growers can reduce costs. Weed and pest management can help match the best method of control with the optimum time to maximize benefits of the control. Thus, weed and pest management can improve the bottom line for growers. Reduces Risks Weed and pest management results in fewer h ... more.

CASA Conference Call February 2010

... to Dave Brandt to present to Acgo. Still want to work together (Brian and Peter) on working paper of what research should look like and direction it should take. Want to work on CASA PowerPoint that each member can use to promote CASA at their meetings, etc. Community of Practice in support of Conservation Agriculture – Karen to resend to group. Member Updates Reduced Tillage LINKAGES: Finished FarmTech conference; 1,200 attendance. Ross Johns from Australia talked GRDC and his farm. Wayne Smith and John Phipps also spoke. Projects: measuring energy uses in different tillage systems; evaluating GHG calculator, HOLOS, which can be downloaded and used to estimate GHG emissions from farm. Will send link. Will be closing organization in August 2009; will keep us p ... more.

Success Story June 2010

... covers (radishes). Hafner says many different types of root systems improve soil quality and its holding capacity. “A mix of cover crops allows water soluble nutrients to be captured and available for the next year’s crop,” he said. Hafner grows corn, soybeans, hay and small grains on about 1,500 acres, and runs a 250-cow/calf herd on another 500 acres. Hafner practices tillage, but only the top four inches of soil. He says cover crops help keep fall-applied manure from washing away. “When you turn cover crops over that are 6, 8 or 10 inches tall, it helps keep the phosphorus on the farm reducing leaching,” he said. “[As an organic farmer] I need those nutrients.” Since Hafner practices some tillage, his soils have less crop residue cover t ... more.

April Research & Technology Briefs

Research & Technology Briefs Calculating Economic Returns for Conservation Tillage and Cotton Scientists at the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) have improved the precision of calculating the costs and benefits of using conservation tillage in cotton production. Learn more at this web site: www.ars.usda.gov/is/pr/2009/090317.htm. EPA Announces Video Contest The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will award $2,500 to the winning video that ed ... more.

Weed and Pest Management (IPM) Benefits

Weed & Pest Management (IPM) Benefits Increases Profits Inputs such as mechanical cultivation, pesticides, fertilizers and tillage costs money. By using best management practices to apply these inputs when they are actually needed, growers can reduce costs. Weed and pest management can help schedule required controls at the right time to maximize the benefits of the practice. Weed and pest management can improve the bottom line for growers. Reduces Risks Weed and pest management results in fewer pesticide application ... more.

Past Tours

Conservation in Action Tour 2017 CTIC’s 2017 Conservation in Action Tour brought us back home to Indiana, where we saw how conservation agriculture has advanced over the last ten years and explored where it’s headed. Farmers, researchers, policy makers, crop consultants, association leaders and more came together to get a front row view of conservation farming systems in central Indiana. CTIC visited four different farms who are putting conservation into action. Conservation in Action Tour 2016 Home to more than 180 crops, southwest Idaho provided tour participants with insight into the latest approaches farmers are using for soil, water and air quality conservation. Highlights included the importance of water management on diversified crop operati ... more.

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

... farmers are conducting additional nitrogen rate strip trials to quantify opportunities to reduce nitrogen inputs following legume cover crops. The result of this work will be a clearer picture of cover cropping’s role in improving productivity and sustainability on farms throughout the Midwest. Critically, it will assign real dollar figures to the potential for increased profitability in a system that utilizes cover crops. The project will also investigate the capacity of marginal and cover cropped ground to function as habitat for honey bees. Five pairs of farmers and beekeepers will be established. The farmers will provide additional bee forage either by planting pollinator habitat in marginal areas or by adjusting their cover crop management to allow additional blooming. Beekeepers ... more.

Water Quality Monitoring Program

... the impacts of spring application and fall application of nitrogen on nutrient use efficiency on field site Three monitoring stations collect tile water at a Livingston County, IL farm field. These objectives help reach the ultimate goal of improving yields and/or reducing N loading into the Vermilion River Watershed as a result of implementing a better N management system. Project results will include water quality monitoring data associated with NUE in-field calculations as well as demonstrations of the usability of tile outlet monitoring by producers, the cost effectiveness of these monitoring solutions for measuring nutrient loss and the impact of associated outreach efforts to increase adoption of nutrient management practices. Th ... more.

Build Coalitions

... agencies to address their common conservation agriculture issues. Our coalition-led initiatives range from small watershed projects to national events and conferences. With strength, wisdom, and knowledge in numbers, CTIC’s coalitions work to disseminate information on new technologies and tools, to ensure conservation agriculture works on the ground. The Conservation Agriculture Systems Alliance (CASA)unites voluntary producer organizations across North America that share similar missions and goals, encounter similar challenges and struggle with all too common problems. The CASA communication network strengthens not only individual efforts but also the shared goal of increasing conservation in agriculture. Local stakeholder groups focus onimproving nutrient manag ... more.

Root Segregation of C3 and C4 Species using Carbon Isotope Composition.

<span style="font-size:11.0pt;line-height:115%;Calibri" ,"sans-serif";times="" new="" roman";times="" roman";"="">Partitioning roots for studying cropping systems containing more than one species is important since root growth interaction could influence system performance. Root Segregation of C3 and C4 Species using Carbon Isotope Composition.

Soil Agronomy-No-Till Management

During the first 3-4 years of a no-till system, the soil biology and chemistry undergoes several significant changes. No-Till Management- Nitrogen Management

Planned Grazing System

... will not be grazed the same time year after year. Plan rest periods so each pasture (paddock) will have adequate time to recover during the growing season to promote plant growth. All livestock must be removed from pastures while they are being rested. Maintenance Keep fencing secure. Some paddocks may need to be mowed or hayed during heavy growth periods. Remove pasture water systems during winter if necessary, and reinstall them in the spring. If herd size changes dramatically, update rotation schedule, paddock numbers and paddock size. Apply fertilizer and nutrients according to soil tests.

PROMOTING COLLABORATIVE, INNOVATIVE LIVESTOCK WASTE MANAGEMENT TECHNOLOGY FOR WATER QUALITY IMPROVEMENT

Today there are thousands of Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) nationally that require an National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES)permit. Producers and their technical service providers need specialized informationand assistance with new technologies to resolve livestock waste management issues and address water quality concerns. Collaborative watershed effortsfocused on managing livestock waste need resourcesto help inform the public and the producers. Project Partner Environmenta ... more.

Conservation In Action Tour 2011 Post-Tour News Release

... digester and targeted application – and grows its own cow feed on 2,300 acres of corn. Joe Nester, independent crop consultant, described agricultural technology used at the dairy and methods for improving production efficiency 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 ... more.

Small Community Wastewater Tracking Solutions Workshop

... October 7 and 8, 2010 Photo courtesy of NRCS Where: Pike Bay Town Hall 15514 State 371 Cass Lake, Minnesota 56633 The wastewater Information System Tool (TWIST) is a user-friendly management tool that will allow tribal staff and other agencies working with on site septic systems to effectively inventory and manage small wastewater treatment systems in their jurisdictions. It's designed to track information related to homes and facilities served, permits, site evaluations, types of systems, inspections and complaints. &nbs ... more.

CIA Tour Promo 2010

... event, participating farmers, policy makers, agricultural advisors, conservation professionals, private industry, and others will visit farms and farmers in the Williamsburg area. Tour stops will feature successful, profitable farming operations built with conservation in mind. These producers, like so many across the nation, provide their communities with valuable ecosystem services. Presenters will discuss the appropriate role, system and support for Bay Region ecosystem services provided by agriculture – through government programs and new market-based approaches. Participants will learn more about the actions producers take to protect soil and water quality, plus possible generation and sale of these services, often measured with carbon or water ... more.

Livestock Waste Management June 2010

... are able to leave the one hour programs with specific information for integrating the tools into their work. What's on the menu for Season II of Manure du jour? The 2010 season of this Pennsylvania-grown webinar series has offered an array of choices – ranging from research on alternative and innovative manure application technologies, to waste-to-energy systems, GIS-based decision support tools for adaptive management, to the movement of estrogen through soils and water. Season II highlights include: Dr. Rick Day PA One Stop Conservation – An Adaptive Management GIS Tool Dr. Rick Day, Associate Professor of Soil Science and Environmental Information Systems, Penn State Department of Crop and Soil Sciences/ Penn State Land Anal ... more.

Field Days Featured Tools for Farm Profitability

... courtesy of Kathleen 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, delaye ... more.

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

... many growers are getting back to basics by applying gypsum (calcium sulfate), which helps improve the structure and balance of their soil. Improving your business from the ground up—and down Gypsum has been used for centuries as a soil additive. Its use has been widespread in Europe, and it is growing in popularity in the United States. Gypsum is especially popular in no-till systems, because of the marked improvement in soil structure and decrease in soil compaction. There are three ways to obtain gypsum. It can be mined, but this method is not usually readily available or cost-effective. The second method is to reclaim and recycle gypsum products, including drywall from new construction projects. The final method is to collect the calcium sulfate that is the bi-produ ... more.

Stream Protection

... 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 proper soil conservation measures installed in the stream watershed to prevent siltation of buffer zones and streambed? Will a stream crossing be needed for livestock? Tech notes Fence livestock out of the stream. Smooth streambanks to provide an adequate seedbed for vegetation. The vegetation area along streambanks shou ... more.

Manure Testing

Sampling and testing manure to determine nutrient content. This promotes proper nutrient 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 volum ... more.

Manure Storage

Structure that stores manure until conditions are appropriate for field application. How it works The type of manure storage structure you use depends upon your livestock operation, animal waste management system and planned field application. Several options exist including an earthen storage pond, above or below ground tank, pit underneath a confinement facility or a sheltered concrete slab area. Manure can be pumped, scraped and hauled, pushed or flushed into your storage structure. The structure's purpose is to safely contain the manure and keep nutrient loss and pollution of downstream water bodi ... more.

National Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center

This is an Extension system website featuring resources and answers to inquiries from livestock waste experts. Includes timely topics and newsletters, and a calendar of conferences and educational events.

Countour Strip Cropping

... of row crops do you need? Does your crop rotation allow for alternating row crops with small grains and forages? Will herbicide carryover be a problem? Tech notes Row crop strips need to be nearly the same width as small grains or meadow. A 10% variance is allowed. Plant grass or legume field borders instead of end rows and establish waterways as part of your stripcropping system. Key lines used for laying out strips should not exceed a 2% slope; except within 100 feet of an outlet, when the grade can be 3%. Strip widths may be adjusted downward to accommodate your equipment width for even rounds. Stripcropping is not as effective if crop strips become too wide, especially on steep slopes. Use the following table to plan maximum widths: * % Slope Crop s ... more.

Research and Technology Briefs Dec 2008 II

... Eileen J. Kladivko, professor of agronomy at Purdue University and MCCC Executive Committee member, says this Web site will not only help farmers to find useful information on cover crops and how to use them, but also raise awareness of the potential importance of cover crops for anybody tied to agriculture. “We hope others will realize cover crops are important to the overall system of farming and to water quality,” she says. Kladivko is one of the six executive committee members who envisioned the idea of coming together to pool resources and connect with others interested in cover crops and then share that with the public through a Web site. “There is a lot of knowledge in the Midwest, but it was never well-linked,” she says. Now f ... more.

OpTIS: Where Technology Drives Conservation Results

... 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 tons of greenhouse gas emissions. That’s the equivalent to t ... more.

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. CHAMPION CTIC helps farmers, advisers, and ag retailers tap conservation resources. We promote conservation practices and advocate for policies that make them economically sustainable.

Strip Tillage Fall Nitrogen Application

We designed this study to demonstrate differences in nitrogen rates and yields under the same nitrogen product, where the producer planted corn for two consecutive growing seasons. We conducted this trial to: demonstrate strip till application of anhydrous ammonia, a proven conservation practice. demonstrate how the farmer can conduct his own on-farm NUE using field-scale equipment with minimal disruption of his normal fie ... more.

Demonstrations

... available phosphorus)... Read more. Slow Release Fertilizer Herb and Aaron Steffen manage a 900-acre grain farm in southern Livingston and northern McLean counties. They hosted a demonstration and two nutrient use efficiency (NUE) trials. The Steffens plant corn continuously on two-thirds of the acres and rotate planting of corn and... Read more. Strip Tillage Fall Nitrogen Application We designed this study to demonstrate differences in nitrogen rates and yields under the same nitrogen product, where the producer planted corn for two consecutive growing seasons. We conducted this trial to: demonstrate strip... Read more. Strip-till Nitrogen Keep nutrients in the Right Place, where crops can use them. The farm ... more.

WinMax

... 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 costs to be created and used in all calculations. Various management options, such as tillage, pest control and fertilizer strategies, can be compared to help assess which practices are both economically efficient and environmentally sound. Visit WinMax site.

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.

Strip Tillage Fall Nitrogen Application

We designed this study to demonstrate differences in nitrogen rates and yields under the same nitrogen product, where the producer planted corn for two consecutive growing seasons. We conducted this trial to: demonstrate strip till application of anhydrous ammonia, a proven conservation practice demonstrate how the farmer can conduct his own on-farm NUE using field-scale equipment ... more.

Strip Tillage Fall Nitrogen Application

We designed this study to demonstrate differences in nitrogen rates and yields under different application times of the same nitrogen product, in an area where the producer planted corn for two consecutive growing seasons. We conducted this trial to: demonstrate strip till application of anhydrous ammonia, a proven conservation practice demonstrate how the farmer can conduct his ... more.

Facilitating Conservation Farming Practices and Enhancing Environmental Sustainability with Agricultural Biotechnology

CTIC's new publication, Facilitating Conservation Farming Practices and Enhancing Environmental Sustainability with Agricultural Biotechnology. This publication explores the breadth of the environmental benefits of conservation tillage practices, which are facilitated significantly by biotechnology crops. Access the full document or executive summary to learn about the dramatic improvements in environmental sustainability and productivity over the past several years.

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

No-till Farmer

CTIC Institutional Member, No-Till Farmer, provides the management information for farmers interested in and practicing reduced tillage techniques. To learn more about No-Till Farmer, visit www.no-tillfarmer.com/

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

... values each member,” says Karen Scanlon, executive director. “All of our successes, past and present, depend on the participation, input and support of our members.” In 1982, a group of agribusiness leaders, together with the National Association of Conservation Districts, formed CTIC to promote and provide information about conservation tillage. In the three decades since, CTIC has expanded its focus, increased and diversified its membership and worked with thousands of people across the country to advance conservation. Our members make it all possible. Thank you!

Great Lakes Cover Crop Initiative

... events. In addition to the outreach events, GLCCI coordinators are working in each watershed to give farmers one on one consultations to help them establish successful cover crops and learn to manage their systems to include growing acres of cover crops. In 2012 we have several events planned. We will be hosting a Farmer Networking Session at the Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference in Ada, Ohio on March 6th. The Networking session will be at the end of a full day of cover crop presentations. Farmers and speakers are invited to gather at the Inn and discuss the information that has been presented throughout the day. Link to the CTC conference http://fabe.osu.edu/ctc/ If you are interested in sponsoring this event please contact Angie Williams 765-37 ... 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.

Biotechnology

CTIC's new publication, Facilitating Conservation Farming Practices and Enhancing Environmental Sustainability with Agricultural Biotechnology, explores the breadth of the environmental benefits of conservation tillage practices, which are facilitated significantly by biotechnology crops. Access the full document and executive summary to learn about the dramatic improvements in environmental sustainability and productivity over the past several years. According to Dr. Norman Borlaug, the father of the Green Revolution, farmers must produce more food in the next 50 years than has been produced in the past ... more.

Research and Tech Briefs June 2010

... Unilever, designed the tool for farmers, supply chain managers and companies interested in quantifying their agricultural carbon footprint and finding practical ways of reducing it. Study Demonstrates No-Till Improves Soil Stability A joint Agricultural Research Service (ARS)-multi-university study across the central Great Plains, on the effects of more than 19 years of various tillage practices, shows that no-till makes soil much more stable than plowed soil. The study was led by Humberto Blanco-Canqui at Kansas State Universityat Hays, Kan., and Maysoon Mikha at the ARS Central Great PlainsResearch Station in Akron, Colo. ARS researchers Joe Benjamin andMerle Vigil at Akron were part of the research team that studied foursites across the Great Pl ... more.

More Acres Can Also Mean More Conservation

... Each farm ranges from 60 to 400 acres. Schroeder doesn’t hesitate, though, when talking about ways he and his brother work to conserve the land. The Schroeder brothers no-till about 60 percent of their cropland, and only lightly disk some poorly draining bottomland and flatland. Butch Schroeder says reducing soil erosion is his primary goal in no-tilling and practicing conservation tillage. But he says there are cost benefits, too. “With every field pass, you throw a lot of fuel out there,” he says. “For what it takes to produce a good yield, we have cut back on field passes and fuel usage as much as possible.” This terrace lies on cropland Schroeder farms in Guthrie County. Terraces are effective in reducing the rate of runoff and allowing soil par ... more.

New Publication on Biotechnology

CTIC's new publication, Facilitating Conservation Farming Practices and Enhancing Environmental Sustainability with Agricultural Biotechnology, explores the breadth of the environmental benefits of conservation tillage practices, which are facilitated significantly by biotechnology crops. Access the full document and executive summary to learn about the dramatic improvements in environmental sustainability and productivity over the past several years. According to Dr. Norman Borlaug, the father of the Green Revolution, farmers must produce more food in the next 50 years than has been produced in the past 1 ... more.

Windbreak

... feet beyond that area. * Don't plant trees on the south or east side of a road. At mature height the trees will cast a shadow and prolong icy road conditions. * Keep plantings 20 to 30 feet away from phone or utility lines. Plant trees according to spacing recommendations for the species. Do not plant over septic leach fields. Maintenance Control competing vegetation with tillage or herbicides before planting and for the first three years after planting. Fence livestock out. Inspect regularly to help control damage. * Check local recommendations.

Cover Crop

... not allow cover crops to grow large enough to survive the winter. * Seed from the end of August until mid-September. * Cover crops may be air seeded prior to harvesting soybeans and other crops, or seeded conventionally after silage harvest. Many crops can be used for cover crops. Cereal rye is common. Kill cover crops in the spring. Mowing or herbicide application is acceptable. Tillage is not recommended because it will bury residue. Early kill is important to reduce the risk of depleting moisture needed for the grain crop. Legume cover crops add nitrogen to the soil, providing a low-cost fertilizer for grain crops. Follow the NRCS recommended seeding rates for the cover crop you select: * Crop lb./ac. Oats 70 Cereal rye 90 Winter wheat 90 Alfalfa 12 Sweet cl ... more.

What is a Crop Nutrient Management Plan?

... changing nutrient requirements during the growing season, a combination of technology and your management skills assure optimum nutrient availability at all stages of growth. No-till corn generally requires starter fertilizer to give the seedling a healthy start. 8. 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? W ... more.

Questions and Answers

... 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 abilities. Four of the key systems likely to be involved crop production include: Conservation Tillage Crop Nutrient Management Pest Management (IPM) Conservation Buffers What is different about this? Core 4 Conservation goes beyond talking about what agriculture is doing to protect the environment. It is a public way of showing that agriculture is taking responsibility to build on the environmentally sound management practices already used on the farm. This will be done by tracking ... more.

What are Conservation Buffers?

... http://www-agecon.ag.ohio-state.edu/faculty/bsohngen/bmp/filter.htm#grass Conservation planning with the Core 4 approach. As each year passes, we improve our understanding of how to manage for better soil, cleaner water, greater profits and a brighter future. We call this management approach the Core 4. The four fundamental components integrated into this approach are: Conservation Tillage; Crop Nutrient Management; Weed and Pest Management; and Conservation Buffers. If you’d like to learn more about the Core 4 approach, call your local agronomic and/or natural resources professional: * Agricultural Retailer * Certified Crop Advisor * Conservation District * Extension Agent * Independent Crop Consultant * Natural Resources Conservation Service

Exploring Biotechnology

Agricultural biotechnology delivers more than just streamlined pest management options or the promise of healthier, higher quality crops. Biotech-derived crops allow growers to adopt sustainable farming practices ranging from conservation tillage to integrated pest management. Those practices protect soil, water and air quality and allow producers to sustain our natural resources as well as our lives and lifestyles. The Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC), with funding from the United Soybean Board, has produced Facilitating Conservation Farming Practices and Enhancing Environmental Sustainability with Agricultural Biot ... more.

Timothy J. Healey, Agrotain International, LLC

... or sells a product used in no-till agriculture, CTIC is the organization you should support. CTIC is the only organization that I am aware of that promotes the agricultural conservation practice that truly minimizes the impact of agriculture on the environment – continuous no-till. Continuous no-till agriculture is smart agriculture. It reduces air and water pollution associated with tillage, improves soil quality and results in higher profits to producers. If you are a company that consumes agricultural products, CTIC is an organization deserving your support. Most businesses involved in processing ag products to produce consumer goods have to comply with air and water regulations. A company can take their commitment to product stewardship one step further by supporting the onl ... more.

Illinois Soybean Association

We live our values by making sustainability goals part of everything we do throughout the soybean lifecycle - from soil to seed to marketplace. Our environmental stewardship programs encourage reduced tillage as well as other tactics to improve energy efficiency, water conservation, water and air quality, and a variety of best management practices.

2019 CIA Tour

The 2019 CTIC Conservation in Action Tour will be held August 20-21, 2019 in central Iowa. We'll examine a wide range of edge-of-field systems and other conservation practices that help Iowa farmers build soil quality and protect water quality. Details will be posted to this page—save the date and check in periodically for more information. For more information on our past tours, view our archive page.

Connecting People

Developing effective conservation agriculture systems starts with people, each bringing perspective on what's needed and how to address the economic and environmental challenges in the field. For 3 decades, CTIC has provided the forum for people to connect across boundaries, bringing together people from government, academia, agribusiness, the non-profit community and the farm to find ways to put conservation into action. Indian Creek Waters ... more.

2018 Membership Drive

Dear friend — The Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) is a unique public-private partnership that brings together farmers, researchers, policy makers, regulators, agribusiness leaders, conservation group organizers and others at the same table to 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 conserva ... more.

Member Benefits

... level that fits you best – Individual, Institutional or Corporate. For additional benefits and recognition, increase your contribution. Each level includes additionalbenefits through Gold, Silver and Bronze. All CTIC members benefit from: One-year subscription to Conservation Partners and Member Mail e-newsletters Free access to higher-resolution data from the OpTIS Operational Tillage Information System database Recognition on CTIC’s web page Please identify which category applies to your business to find your basic membership fee. To upgrade to medal-level membership, add the amount in the appropriate box below. Corporate Membership Benefits Basic Corporate Membership Basic-1: $6,500 - Gross revenue greater than $500 million Basi ... more.

Join Today!

By becoming a member of CTIC, you'll be connected to a world of people from government, academia, agribusiness, the supply chain, and the farm who are committed to practical, productive conservation farming systems. Contact Crystal Hatfield, hatfield@ctic.org, for more information on becoming a member. Join Today Members support CTIC's important work. Help make it happen. We: deliver balanced informationaboutemerging agriculture conservation issues keep members up to speed on our projects support environmentally responsible and economically viable decision m ... more.

Cover Crops Research and Demonstration

Cover crops are among the most exciting and most complex conservation systems on today's agricultural landscape. CTIC and its partners have been at the forefront of exploring, demonstrating, and promoting cover crops to help make them as effective as possible. Bee Integrated Demonstration Project CTIC is supporting this Honey Bee Health Coalition led effort to bring together beekeepers and farmers to demonstrate how a suite of best practices can be implemented o ... more.

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The Conservation Technology Information Center The Conservation Technology Information Center promotes, supports and provides information on conservation technologies & sustainable agricultural systems. Read More Latest Project from CTIC The Operational Tillage Information System - OpTIS - has been developed by AGS and CTIC as a method for the automated use of remote sensing data to monitor conservation practices in agricultural systems. Read More Become a Member By becoming a member of CTIC, you'll be connected to a world of people from government, academia, agribusiness, the supply chain, and the farm who are committed t ... more.

Indian Creek Watershed Project

Over the course of six years, the Indian Creek Watershed Project proved to be a significant model for voluntary water quality improvement efforts—not just in Livingston County, Illinois, but across the country. Project organizers talked to every single producer in the watershed about conservation practices and water quality, and by the end of the project, conservation systems and best management practices (BMPs) were in place on at least 57% of the agricultural acreage in the Indian Creek drainage. Goals and Recipes Key concepts at the heart of the Indian Creek Watershed Project included: The importance of locally led conservation efforts The power of including stakeholders in the watershed from off and on the farm Cooperation among conservation entit ... more.

What We Do

CTIC champions, promotes, and provides information on technologies and sustainable agricultural systems that conserve and enhance soil, water, air and wildlife resources and are productive and profitable. Lead Projects CTIC is a leader and collaborator in projects that address conservation agriulture's most important topics. Funded by public investments, foundation grants, agribusiness and private donations, our projects provide insight into agricultural systems that are both economicall ... more.

Dave Gustafson Steps In As Interim Executive Director

... 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 Gustafson, former CTIC board member, is serving as interim executive director. Dave is leading the CTIC Board in a search for a full-time executive director.Contact himwith leads or ideas.

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... Environmental Protection Agency (with funds provided through Section 319 of the Clean Water Act) will show how conservation practices installed on Indian Creek watershed farms will affect water quality. Goal Determine what water quality improvements result when 50-75% of producers and acres in a small watershed adopt comprehensive agriculture conservation systems over a six-year period. Activities Outreach activities include field tours, public meetings, email and website updates, news releases and more. On-farm demonstrations showcase the latest products, techniques, equipment and tools for resource conservation.With funding from USDA, CTIC will employ tile outlet monitoring to measure water quality. ... more.

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CTIC Projects CTIC and its partners lead projects at the local, regional and national level to address agriculture's pressing conservation needs. Each projectincludes public and private sector partners, shares information about new technology and tools, and promotes agricultural systems that are both economically viable and environmentally beneficial.

Who We Are

The Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) is a nationalpublic-private partnership that envisions the widespread use of economically and environmentally beneficial agricultural systems. Members of CTIC, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, include farmers, policy makers, regulators, academic researchers, agribusiness leaders, conservation group personnel, farm media, and others. The organization is supported by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and other public entities. It is our mission to champion, promote and ... more.

2014 Tour Wrap-Up

Owls, sugarcane, lettuce, muck soils and more are all part of the "Unique Story of the Everglades Agricultural Area," a tale of farmers working with the ecosystem. Over 150 participants from 20 states heard this unique story. The audience represented numerous roles in the agriculture industry, such as growers, agricultural retailers, members of the media, agricultural and conservation organization representatives, federal and state agency representatives, students and researchers. Tour high points: Constructed wetland know ... 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 protect and improve water quality. Through articles, videos and other media, we hope to inform farmers and landowners about water quality issues, inspire them to adopt practices that help address those challenges, and show their neighbors the steps that these dedicated stewards are taking to protect and improve our nation's water resources. ... more.

Training

... The workshops enhance collaboration and communication among more than 800 attendees. CTIC/EPA Consultant Workshop Through a collaborative agreement with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), CTIC provides leadership and technical support for 5 workshops between 2015 and 2020 that teach Certified Crop Advisors, ag retailers and other agronomic consultants to identify conservation systems that could benefit their clients' farms, then connect them with technical and financial support for implementation. Practices include in-field nutrient management, drainage water management systems, bioreactors, saturated buffers and more.

Media Center

Contact us for interview sources, backgrounders, photos or videos on conservation agriculture systems. Conservation Technology Information Center ctic@ctic.org Phone: (765) 494-9555 3495 Kent Avenue Suite L 100 West Lafayette, Indiana 47906

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Additional Resources CTIC and its partners lead projects at the local, regional and national level to address agriculture's pressing conservation needs. Each projectincludes public and private sector partners, shares information about new technology and tools, and promotes agricultural systems that are both economically viable and environmentally beneficial.

Sustainable Supply Chains

... accounting of the environmental footprint of their raw materials, stakeholders throughout the agri-food supply chain are working diligently to quantify and benchmark sustainability. CTIC is a partner in several initiatives to bring together participants from various points in the supply chain to develop metrics and processes that provide useful insight and fit into real-world, on-farm management systems. Big Pine Watershed Water Quality Metric Trial CTIC is assisting Field to Market with a small-scale pilot of an improved water quality metric for Field to Market's FieldPrint Calculator. This effort will leverage relationships developed through the Big Pine Watershed project to collect farm management data and farmer feedback on the new metric. Supporting Supply Chain Sustainability ... more.

Ag Consulting Trainings

... 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: Agri Drain Corp. Agricultural Drainage Management Coalition (ADMC) Agr ... more.

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.

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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

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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

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INFORM CTIC is the top clearinghouse for information on cover crops, conservation tillage, soil health, water quality, and more.

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CONNECT We build coalitions that connect farmers, agribusinesses, researchers and policymakers to share information, take a closer look at issues and demonstrate systems.

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 soil organisms an ... more.

Who we are

Who We Are CTIC connects people from across agriculture and the conservation community to encourage greater adoption of farming systems that are economically and environmentally sustainable. We link farms, universities, government and business in projects that explore and champion conservation agriculture. LEARN MORE

May 1 and May 2, 2014

... Quality Monitoring Council’s (NWQMC) Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio, April 28-May 2. The R training was a one day, interactive session held on May 1 or May 2, 2014 and focused on the analysis of NARS data using the R computing language. Topics included: Data preparation: building a state-level dataset. How to compute population estimates of the ecological condition of aquatic systems at the state or regional scale. Extent estimate and estimating relative and attributable risks.

Conservation Technology Information Center Strategic Plan

... support to America’s agricultural and conservation communities. We were formed in 1982 by a group of representatives from agribusiness, government and associations. We thrive today with guidance and support from partners and members from the public, private and academic sectors. America’s producers today face complex decisions about how to integrate and maintain conservation systems within their farming operations. We trust that, given the best information, producers will make good decisions for their land. And, we believe that producers deserve to get trustworthy information, in a timely manner, from a dependable source. CTIC works with the people and groups across the country that provide advice and guidance for producers’ production and conservation decisions. T ... more.

WHAT WE DO

CTIC champions, promotes and provides information on technologies and sustainable agricultural systems that conserve and enhance soil, water, air and wildlife resources and are productive and profitable.

CTIC's CURRENT PROJECTS

CTIC and its partners lead initiatives at the local, regional and national level to address agriculture’s pressing conservation needs. Each initiative includes public and private sector partners, shares information about new technology and tools and promotes agricultural systems that are both economically viable and environmentally beneficial.

AG CONSULTANT TRAINING

... 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.

FROM THE FIELD

The Indian Creek Watershed Project demonstrated the power of voluntary conservation practices to impact local water quality. Hear local farmers explain how their community banded together to put conservation systems into action.

Contact Us

... Technology Information Center ctic@conservationinformation.org Address: 3495 Kent Avenue, Suite L100, West Lafayette, IN 47906 USA Phone: Tel: 765-494-9555 Fax: 765-463-4106 Staff: Executive Director: Karen A. Scanlon Operations Director: Tammy Taylor Project Director: Chad Watts, Mike Smith Accounting Specialist: Crystal Hatfield Consultants: Computer Systems Consultant: Scott J. Brunton Technical Consultant: Dan Towery

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?

Corn Production with Kura Clover as a Living Mulch.

Cropping systems that improve soil conservation are needed for mixed grain and forage enterprises in the upper Midwest. <span style="font-size:11.0pt;line-height:115%;Calibri" ,"sans-serif";times="" new="" roman";times="" roman";"="">Corn Production with Kura Clover as a Living Mulch.

Cover crop and soil quality interactions in agroecosystems.

Maintaining environmental quality implies sustainable agricultural production systems that preserve and prated soil resources. <span style="font-size:11.0pt;line-height:115%;Calibri" ,"sans-serif";times="" new="" roman";times="" roman";"="">Cover crop and soil quality interactions in agroecosystems.

Agri Drain

Agri Drain is a leader in agricultural drainage management systems. Our industry provides practice and product based solutions across our great nation. We can help offset the impact of weather, improve water quality and availability, reduce flooding, create wildlife habitat, and keep our farmers productive and profitable.

Case IH

At Case IH, we recognize that ag sustainability is a balance between agronomics, economics and the environment. We're committed to helping farmers create more value from sustainable farming systems.

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.

6th WORLD CONGRESS ON CONSERVATION AGRICULTURE

Attend the 6th World Congress on Conservation Agriculture (WCCA) to learn, discuss and network about Soil Health and Wallet Wealth. Agricultural production systems are not sustainable unless they are profitable, and Conservation Agriculture (CA) holds the key to building and maintaining healthy soils and profitable farming systems.

CTIC Exhibits at Commodity Classic

CTIC celebrated 30 years of championing, promoting and providing information on technologies and sustainable agricultural systems at Commodity Classic, March 1-3. The CTIC booth featured a presentation chronicling the 30-year journey of conservation, CTIC and our members. Many attendees stopped by our booth, learned about our commitment to conservation and took home a piece of CTIC history. "We were very excited to attend Commodity Classic to spread CTIC's message of conservation and ... more.

4Rs

Our demonstrations illustrate the 4 Rs of nutrient management: Right Source Right Rate Right Place Right Time We demonstrate management systems-- not individual practices. We measure practice success through agronomic yield, economic sustainability, nutrient use efficiency and water quality impacts.

No-Till Farming Systems & Companion CD

No-Till Farming Systems The highly anticipated World Association of Soil and Water Conservation - Special Publication No. 3 - No-Till Farming Systems book has been released in the United States. As co-publisher, CTIC is honored to be the designated U.S. distributor. "No-till farming systems have been developed and applied around the world over several decades. The technology is dynamic: it develops and ch ... more.

INDIAN CREEK FIELD TOUR JULY 7, 2011

... will leave First Baptist Church in Fairbury, Ill., at 9:30 AM central time. The evening tour will leave the church at 3:00 PM central time. The church is located at 701 North 7th Street, Fairbury, IL 61739-1595. Participants will meet at the church then board a bus to visit the tour sites. Farmers and corporate sponsors at the sites will focus on effective agricultural systems while they showcase products, practices and technology that can boost profitable farming and improve water quality. Tour demonstrations will include nitrogen fertilizer split-application, slow release products, strip-till N application systems, and fertilizer use efficiency studies. These practices can improve both the farmer’s bottom line and water quality.  ... more.

DRAINAGE WATER MANAGEMENT IN CONSERVATION AGRICULTURE SYSTEMS

ADMC received a Conservation Innovation Grant in 2006 to promote and characterize the unique technology of drainage water management (DWM) – the practice of managing water table depths to reduce nutrient transport from tiles during the fallow season or to reduce water deficit stress during the growing season. Considering that no such guidance currently exists, this innovative multi-state project is developing a set of region ... more.

COMMUNICATIONS INTERN WANTED

CTIC seeks an enthusiastic communicator to join our team for the summer (and maybe longer) and help to champion, promote and provide information about conservation systems in agriculture. The CTIC Communications Intern will develop, deliver and monitor programs, messages and materials to promote conservation agriculture. He/she will assist CTIC staff in creating communications and information material that supports CTIC projects, promotes CTIC and provides value to our membership. Audiences include, among others, federal, state and local governm ... more.

WHAT WE DO

CTIC champions, promotes and provides information on technologies and sustainable agricultural systems that conserve and enhance soil, water, air and wildlife resources and are productive and profitable.

No-Till 2011 Conference

The No-Till 2011 Conference is a program of innovative speakers 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 ... more.

Nutrients in Our Environment - Past, Present, and Beyond Presentations

... of Nitrogen and Phosphorous Nutrient Management - Brian Williams, Minnesota Department of Ag Where the City Meets the Farm: a Case Study of Drainage and Water Quality - Dr. John F. Moncrief, University of Minnesota Nitrogen Management to Minimize Nitrate Losses to Water Resources - Jeff Vetsch, University of Minnesota "New" Technologies for Drainage Systems - Dr. Gary Sands, University of Minnesota Corn Belt N Guidelines - Dr. John Lamb, University of Minnesota What is Manure Really Worth? Maximizing the Economic Benefits of Manure - Dr. Jose A. Hernandez, University of Minnesota University of Wisconsin - Discovery Farms - Dr. Dennis Frame, University of Wisconsin

JOIN CTIC

We deliver balanced information about comprehensive, sustainable agricultural systems. With our members, we support environmentally responsible and economically viable decision making in agriculture. Our members: learn about emerging tools and technology access our extensive network of experts show their commitment to the success of conservation agriculture Our members are CTIC's strength. With our solid, active and dedicate ... more.

Upcoming Events June 2010

Upcoming Events July Soil and Water Conservation Society Annual Conference July 18-21,2010, St. Louis, Mo. Fellows Forum, Sunday, July 18th, 2010:“Gulf Hypoxia – A Midwest Perspective” The 32nd Southern Conservation Agriculture Systems Conference: Conservation Agriculture Impacts--Local and Global July 20-22, 2010,Jackson and Milan, Tenn. August Conservation In Action Tour August 3, 2010, Richmond and Williamsburg, Va. CTIC Board of Directors Meeting August 4, 2010, Williamsburg, Va.

Member Recognition June 2010

... fulfills its mission with the generous support of our members. CTIC Medal Members In 2009, CTIC launched a new membership structure that allows members to receive additional value and recognition for their support of comprehensive conservation and sustainable agricultural systems. With additional membership dues above the basic level in each membership category, members achieve medal status of Gold, Silver or Bronze. The additional support provided by our Medal Members enables CTIC to enhance our regional and national projects, to explore new partnership opportunities and to bring national recognition to public and private efforts to advance conservation agriculture. ... more.

Thank You CTIC Medal Member

CTIC Medal Members CTIC proudly recognizes The Mosaic Company, CTIC Gold Corporate Member. CTIC’s Medal Membership allows members to receive added value and recognition for their support of comprehensive conservation and sustainable agricultural systems. With additional membership dues above the basic level in each membership category, members achieve medal status of Gold, Silver or Bronze. The support provided by Medal Members enables CTIC to enhance regional and national projects, to explore new partnership opportunities and to gain national recognition. CTIC recognizes Medal Members through Partners magazine, at CTIC regional and na ... more.

Thank you CTIC Medal Members

CTIC thanks our Medal Members for supporting the promotion of comprehensive conservation and sustainable agricultural systems. CTIC Medal Members In 2009, CTIC launched a new membership structure that allows members to receive additional value and recognition for their support of comprehensive conservation and sustainable agricultural systems. With additional membership dues above the basic level in each membership category, m ... more.

Notes from the Chair of the CTIC Board of Directors

... online form and we'll send you an invoice. Then, take a minute to look at all the events CTIC has planned for 2009 and plan to get involved. With membership support and engagement, CTIC will continue to fulfill its mission. On July 29, 2009, CTIC will host our third Conservation In Action Tour. On this one-day tour in western Illinois, we will visit farms where conservation agriculture systems are put in to action — to help protect resources and to build a profitable operation. Through conservation practices, including nutrient management plans developed by producers and their advisors, these farmers are minimizing agriculture's impact on the Mississippi River watershed. CTIC staff will be sending additional details about the tour over the next few months. So please save the ... more.

Field Border

... of perennial vegetation are established at the outside edges of a field where excessive sheet and rill erosion is occurring. The grass or legume strips replace crop end 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 provi ... more.

Manure Management and Air Quality - University of Minnesota Extension

Various planner resources and research, educational programs and materials focus on economically feasible and environmentally-sound manure handling systems that also meet Federal, state, and local air and water quality protection regulations.

Riparian Buffer Systems

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 financial assist ... more.

Membership Information

... reliable source for information and technology for agricultural conservation. We are dedicated to delivering balanced information to our members about the emerging issues facing our industry, and to keeping our network of members connected, all while maintaining our commitment to conservation. CTIC champions, prmotoes and provides information about comprehensive conservation agricultural systems. Our members are CTIC's strength. With our solid, active and dedicated membership, we've demonstrated the value of public/private partnerships, and have proven that more can be done together than alone. But without an active membership, we would fail in our mission to improve the relationship between agriculture and the environment. Join the CTIC membership today. Together ... more.

Manure: What’s It Worth?

... across the Corn Belt are also working with pre-sidedress N testing and on-the-go plant sensing to fine-tune fertilizer recommendations. As results like those are collected, producers and advisors can formulate apples-to-apples comparisons between manure and commercial fertilizers—and learn to build the value of manure by making sure they can utilize it when their storage systems and crops benefit most. Still, the value of manure fluctuates more than that of commercial fertilizer because of the challenges and variables that surround its use—from the cost to haul a comparatively low-octane fertilizer to the energy of soil microbes to the rules preventing its application where P rates are already high. At Purdue, Joern reminds producers and their adviso ... more.