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Pasture Planting

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

The NTT Model

... Research at Heidelberg University is using the Nutrient Tracking Tool, or NTT, to model the effects of conservation practices on dissolved reactive phosphorus on each field enrolled in PLUS-UP. Developed by the Texas Institute for Applied Environmental Research at Tarleton State University, NTT is a powerful tool for estimating the nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment losses from cropland and pasture. NTT is available online and draws on a comprehensive soil database, making it extremely accurate on a field scale. The model includes a wide range of crops, rotations, nutrient and management options that allow users to calculate economic and environmental outcomes based on real-world data. The versatility and accuracy of NTT make it an ideal tool for quantifying the effects and cal ... more.

2015 Tour Wrap-Up

... 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 Marring Farm, Kenyon, Minn. See how the Marings rotate livestock on their farm Rotational grazing and pasture managements programs to farm productively while protecting a unique landscape Marings' efforts to tailor their operation on a challenging landscape, including the rebuild of a 45-year old spring-fed pond to establish a watering system Stop #5 - Burfeind Dairy, Goodhue, Minn. Benefits of a new, state-of-the-art facility and the family's commitment to conservation and animal he ... more.

Additional Resources

... Survey Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) Demonstration Projects Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Grazing and Rangeland Hypoxia Know Your Watershed Leadership Mississippi River Basin Initiative (MRBI) No-Till National Aquatic Resource Survey (NARS) National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI) Nutrient Management Operational Tillage Assessment System (OpTIS) Pasture Ridge Till Soil Health Strip Till Tours Training Water Quality Watershed Groups Watershed Implementation and Innovation Network (WIIN) Weed Management Wetlands

Planned Grazing System

Planting forage and using grazing rotations to maximize production and reduce sediment and nutrient runoff. Consider food, water and herd size. How it works Pasture is divided into two or more pastures or paddocks with fencing. Cattle are moved from paddock to paddock on a pre-arranged schedule based on forage availability and livestock nutrition needs. How it helps Improves vegetative cover, reducing erosion and improving water quality. Increases harvest efficiency and helps ensure adequate forage throughout the grazing season. Increases fora ... more.

Small Community Wastewater Tracking Solutions Workshop

... friendly Visual Basic (VB) interface to create a customized spreadsheet-based model in Microsoft (MS) Excel. It computes watershed surface runoff, nutrient loads, including nitrogen, phosphorus, and 5-day biological oxygen demand (BOD 5), and sediment delivery based on various land uses and management practices. The pollutant sources include major nonpoint sources such as cropland, pastureland, farm animals, feedlots, urban runoff, and failing septic systems. Click here to register. To download a brochure with agenda and "mail in" registration form click here. Lodging: The Place Casino is the closest hotel. Workshop participants are encouraged to stay there. For more information visit their website: http: ... more.

Tree Planting

... and increasing infiltration rates. Healthy, well-managed woodlands provide long-term wildlife habitat. Planning ahead Is the soil suitable for producing wood crops? Is the soil suitable for the tree species you have selected? Is there a market for the species you want to plant? Do you need this land for crops or livestock? Tech notes Remove brush and till the strips of pasture or sod where trees will be planted the fall before planting. Complete spring planting by May 15. Fall planting should begin between September 1-15. * Standard forest planting spacings are 6'x6', at a rate of 1,210 trees per acre; 6'x7', 1,037 trees per acre; 6'x8', 908 trees per acre. Tree seedlings should be planted within seven days of their arrival. Keep roots m ... more.

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

... and that after a certain number of years – scientists believe it is 15 to 20 years – a field reaches a plateau. To make it even more complex, the soil's capacity to store carbon depends on soil type, tillage system, the use of cover crops, cropping history and how much carbon it lost in the first place. Research from highly degraded soils in South America put into improved pasture showed dramatic jumps in carbon levels after five years – much higher storage than Midwestern soils in the U.S. Deep-rooted pasture plants also have the capacity to place carbon deeper into poor South American soils than annual crops do in cooler climates with richer ground. However, Corn Belt farms have the capacity to capture and store significant amounts of carbon, too. “The ... more.

What is a Crop Nutrient Management Plan?

... applicator’s schedule? What agreements have been worked out with neighbors for manure use on their fields? Is a neighbor hosting a special event over the weekend? All these factors and more will likely figure into the recommended timing. 9. Recommended methods. Surface or injected? While injection is clearly preferred, there may be situations where injection is not feasible (i.e. pasture, grassland). Slope, rainfall patterns, soil type, crop rotation and many other factors affect which method is best for optimizing nutrient efficiency (availability and loss) in your fields. The combination that’s right for you in one field may differ in another field…even with the same crop. 10. Annual review and update. Did you actually do what you planned to do? Even the best ... more.

Southern Plains Agricultural Resources Coalition (SPARC)

... rights from local rivers or groundwater, leaving limited options for many rural communities. Water Resources Ideal The “ideal” for regional water resource management would be cleaner water bodies, stable stream channels (e.g., fencing and control access to grazing, re-establishment of riparian vegetation, buffers along streams), improved infiltration in fields and pastures, better mechanisms to meet diverse demands (e.g., conservation at all levels, market systems, and improved water law), pro-active planning and response to drought, dependable and equitable water supply for households, and enforcement or new laws to prevent contamination. Water Resources Change Fostering a stewardship ethic through innovation, education and outreach to farmers, con ... more.