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... 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

The Mosaic Company

... by farmers and ranchers to implement Best Management Practices in their farming operations. Mosaic also has supported conservation agriculture in its work with CTIC. The company has been the lead sponsor of the Conservation in Action Tour for the past four years and a top-tier sponsor of the Indian Creek Watershed Project. In addition, Mosaic is a founding partner of the Watershed Implementation and Innovation Network (WIIN), an online network that provides a forum for information sharing among watershed projects as well as easy access to experts and resources for learning and inspiration. Mosaic also was a platinum sponsor for the 6th World Congress on Conservation Agriculture, which took place in June in Winnipeg, Manitoba. For more information on The Mosaic Company, visitwww.mosai ... more.

SAVE THE DATE

... testing stations. More than 40 percent of the farm acreage in the 80-square-mile watershed is enrolled in conservation programs, and many of the watershed’s 160 farmers are on the CTIC-facilitated Indian Creek Watershed Project advisory board. That dramatic level of involvement was the subject of the webinar that launched the Great Rivers/Upstream Heroes Watershed Implementation and Innovation Network (WIIN). Tune in early in 2013 for the official launch of the WIIN website, an online learning and brainstorming resource for watershed project managers throughout the Mississippi River Basin.

Trading Up for Water Quality

... runoff from farm operations, forestry, urban environments, mining, construction and others. Water quality trading continues to gain interest among industry and agricultural producers as a viable market-based alternative to achieving water quality improvements. New projects in the Midwest explore how to structure a large-scale trading program, the feasibility of trading in the Wabash River watershed and the support role that agricultural industry can play. Water quality trading assigns economic value to the benefits generated by conservation practice implementation, according to the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) publication, “Getting Paid for Stewardship: An Agricultural Community Water Quality Trading Guide.” Nutrient or sediment reductions resultin ... more.

Trading Up for Water Quality

... farm operations, forestry, urban environments, mining, construction and others. Water quality trading continues to gain interest among industry and agricultural producers as a viable market-based alternative to achieving water quality improvements. New projects in the Midwest explore how to structure a large-scale trading program, the feasibility of trading in the Wabash River watershed and the support role that agricultural industry can play. Water quality trading assigns economic value to the benefits generated by conservation practice implementation, according to the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) publication, “Getting Paid for Stewardship: An Agricultural Community Water Quality Trading Guide.” Nutrient or sediment reductions resultin ... more.

Webinar: TARGETED BMPS TO MAXIMIZE RUNOFF REDUCTION

FREE WEBINAR, FEBRUARY 28, 2012 A free, one-hour webinar on Thursday, February 28, will share seven years of lessons learned in Wisconsin's Pecatonica River watershed, where conservation practices targeted on key local farms aim for significant, efficient reductions in phosphorus loading. "Testing the Wisconsin Buffer Initiative: A Paired Watershed Study on the Pecatonica River," will be held from 1:00 to 2:00 pm Central Standard Time. Steve Richter, director of conservation, agricultural lands for The Nature Conservancy, and Pat Sutter, county con ... 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% o ... more.

FREE WEBINAR ON FARMER INVOLVEMENT

A free, one-hour webinar on Monday, Dec. 3 will offer tips on increasing farmer involvement in watershed projects. CTIC’s Indian Creek Watershed Project partners will host to share their insight. “Increasing Producer Involvement in Watershed Projects: Lessons from Indian Creek,” will be held from 1:00 to 2:00 pm Central Standard Time. The webinar is the first in a series by the Great Rivers & Upstream Heroes Watershed Implementation & Innovation Network (WIIN ... more.

WIIN WEBINAR - APRIL 25

Introducing an online forum for watershed project managers! A free, one-hour webinar on Thursday, April 25, will walk participants through an innovative website for watershed project managers in the Mississippi River Basin. The Great Rivers & Upstream Heroes Watershed Implementation & Innovation Network (WIIN) is an online resource for sharing detailed information about watershed projects throughout the Basin, ... more.

DRAINAGE WATER MANAGEMENT IN CONSERVATION AGRICULTURE SYSTEMS

... the growing season. Considering that no such guidance currently exists, this innovative multi-state project is developing a set of regional recommendations that are necessary to facilitate and encourage the widespread adoption of DWM. Pilot farms are using the latest technologies, including satellite-controlled water control structures, to manage the water table under their fields. Through implementation of the project, significant data is obtained to document nutrient savings from DWM, a necessary step in nutrient trading. CTIC is working closely with ADMC to provide the outreach component of this project. We will transfer information about the benefits of drainage water management through a variety of mechanisms so that agencies and producers are both more aware of and can make informed d ... 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 nutrient load, from portions ofIndiana, Illinois, and Ohio,to the Ohio River, the Mississippi River, and eventually, the Gulf of Mexico. Recent Total Maximum Daily Loads developed to ... more.

INTRODUCTION TO WIIN

Take a tour of the new WIIN, an innovative website for watershed project managers in the Mississippi River Basin. The Great Rivers & Upstream Heroes Watershed Implementation & Innovation Network (WIIN) is an online resource for sharing detailed information about watershed projects throughout the Basin, including data and lessons learned.

A Look Back and a Glimpse into 2009

A Look Back and a Glimpse into 2009 By Karen A. Scanlon Although it doesn't seem possible, we are nearing the end of another year. Soon we are giving thanks for the good things in our lives and making plans for new accomplishments and adventures for the year ahead. CTIC is thankful ... more.

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Facilitated by CTIC, local farmers and interested others lead this project to demonstrate and test best conservation practices on Indian Creek Watershed farms. The project, sponsored by the Illinois 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 a ... 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 ... 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 to fully understand the benefits of cover crops and conservation tillage, to correctly incorporate the practices into their operation, to evaluate the changes and adapt management to optimize yield and resource protection. By providin ... more.

Conservation Technology Information Center Strategic Plan

Organization The Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3), membership organization that provides technical, educational and practical 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 conservat ... more.

CTIC project updates

... Chain Sustainability in Iowa CTIC recently applied to extend our supply chain sustainability project in Iowa for another three years. Because we are optimistic about that application’s success, we are simultaneously pursuing NRCS funding to enhance that project with farmer-led field demonstrations similar to those that were critical to the success of our Indian Creek Watershed project in Illinois. If your organization would like to be part of the planning or implementation of these demos, contact Chad Watts at watts@ctic.org as soon as possible for more information. Bee Integrated CTIC manages the Bee Integrated project on behalf of the Honey Bee Health Coalition to demonstrate how farmers and beekeepers can collaborate on a practical system of be ... more.

Feature Story June 2010

... to marry economy and environment, planning and implementation, and research and technology transfer will define our success. The United States Department of Agriculture recently accepted proposals for the Mississippi River Basin Initiative grants program, an effort to focus $320 million, over the next four years, for nutrient best management practices in priority watersheds of the Mississippi River Basin. The International Fertilizer Industry Association, the International Plant Nutrition Institute and The Fertilizer Institute promote the 4 R stewardship concept: efficient nutrient management depends on applying nutrients from the Right source, at the Right time, in the Right place, and at the Right rate. The concept emphasizes managing all aspects of n ... more.

Dow AgroSciences

... AgroSciences also provides educational tools on environmental stewardship. Along with technical explanations of the science behind nitrogen stabilizers on its website, the company provides information on how the nitrogen stabilizers are part of environmental stewardship. In the company's work with CTIC, Dow AgroSciences supports the Indian Creek Watershed Project and served as a Platinum Sponsor for the 6th World Congress on Conservation Agriculture.

WATERSHED NETWORKING SESSIONS AND WORKSHOPS

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) and Conservation Information Technology Center (CTIC) partnered to provide information to watershed professionals throughout the state of Indiana. Below you can find agendas and presentations from those events. Managing Runoff Networking Session December 2009 Presentations Riparian Forest Buffers Wetland and Stream Restoration 2 Stage Ditch Water Quality Monitoring Workshop October 2009 Agenda Presentations ... more.

Watershed Management Starter Kit

Watershed Management Starter Kit This complete kit includes seven guides (Getting to Know Your Watershed, Building Local Partnerships, Putting Together a Watershed Management Plan, Managing Conflict, Leading and Communicating, and two others), a 13-minute dvd video (Partnerships for Watersheds), companion brochure and an application to the National Watershed Network. In other words, it includes eve ... more.

Promoting Conservation

CTIC promotes conservation practices by raising awareness of the benefits of conservation, providing detailed information on successful implementation of practices, and sharing perspective on the needs and real-world challenges facing farmers trying to protect soil, water and air quality as well as their economic sustainability. Watershed Success Forums Working with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) through the National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI), CTIC is identifying successful watershed management activities that engage landowners, farmers, and the broader public to protect water quality. Five forums in five states are yielding a guide for NRCS, partners and stakeholders on organizing local watershed ... more.

Connecting People

... 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 Watershed Project The Indian Creek Watershed Project brought together farmers and other stakeholders in a central Illinois watershed in a remarkable collaboration that resulted in conservation practices being adopted on at least 57% of the agricultural acreage in the watershed and measurable reductions in nutrients in the creek. The project yielded perspective on conservation practices from demonstratio ... more.

Increasing Farmer Involvement in Watershed Projects: Indian Creek Watershed

WIIN Webinar on how to increase interaction with and involvement of producers in watershed project design and implementation. Click to get file.

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

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

CUSTOMIZED TRAINING ON WATER QUALITY TRADING FOR AGRICULTURE AND WASTEWATER FACILITIES

Water quality credit trading may be, in many areas,a successful market-based approach to improve water quality. It is an innovative, voluntary tool that connects industrial and municipal facilities, subject to wastewater permit requirements, with agricultural producers to economically achieve water quality improvements. It has the potential to bea flexible and cost-effective approach for maintaining, restoring or enhancing water quality. Funded By USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Conservation Innovation Grant Project Partners Environmen ... more.

National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI)

CTIC is currently working with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) on a project in support of NWQI. This project is identifying successful watershed management activities that engage landowners, farmers, and the broader public to protect water quality. Insights developed through this project will inform future NRCS efforts to support local watershed initiatives with technical and financial resources. As a first step, CTIC is convening watershed leaders from across the country at five forums to learn from their experience—successful o ... more.

CASA Conference Call February 2010

... Evans Brian Lindley Bill Kuenstler Tim Healey Karen Scanlon Peter Gamache Agenda: Message Committee report - Finalize message Operations Committee report - Pledge - Mission/vision - Proposals - Purdue Community of Practice in support of Conservation Agriculture Member updates Message Committee Go with Blair’s wording on message and declare it final. FAO message hits all the right points. Operations Committee Karen will finalize and distribute to full group with brochure. Mission/vision will be pulled from message and brochure. Think about how to tie into FAO message. Purdue University approached CTIC and CASA to be a partner on a new proposal to CSREES for a 2-year, $200,000 planning grant. Brian will ... more.

CONSERVATION AGRICULTURE SYSTEMS ALLIANCE (CASA)

CASA is a North American alliance of producer organizations united with a common goal to advance conservation agriculture systems. CASA strengthens the individual efforts of each member organization and also helps the collective group move toward the shared purpose of increasing conservation in agriculture in North America. CTIC hosts monthly conference calls, a web site and a discussion forum for CASA. CASA primary purposes are to: Facilitate communication among CASA members and partners Promote consistent messages about conservation agriculture Share infor ... more.

Water Quality Credit Trading Workshop

Water Quality Credit Trading Workshop August 19 - 20, 2008 Troy-Hayner Cultural Center Troy, Ohio Water Quality Credit Trading programs bring together agriculture and the wastewater community to solve difficult water quality issues.The Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC), in conjunction with the Environmental Trading Network (ETN), the Water Environment Federation (WEF) and Certified Crop Advisers, is hosting a two-day water quality credit trading workshop. This will be a detailed, intensive training program on water quality trading for agricultu ... more.

Decentralized Wastewater Treatment Webinars

... view the agenda and topics to be discussed, click here. Sponsored by Conservation Technology Information Center, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Tetra Tech November 9th: Overview of Centralized and Decentralized Treatment Issues Summary of Centralized/Decentralized Treatment Approaches Water and Wastewater Resource Management ConsiderationsTMDLs, Watershed Planning, Antidegradation, and Wastewater Wastewater Capacity Development and Cost Issues View the November 9th presentation, Barry Tonning. Questions & Answers Links Mentioned in the Presentation: Rocky Mountain Institute Cost Benefit Analysis of Wastewater Options Guidance for Federal Land Management in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed U ... more.

Watershed Networking Sessions (May 2009)

Integrating Watershed Planning and Implementation at the Local Level Click on the links below to see the presentations from the May Networking Sessions: Presentation Part 1 ... more.

Build Coalitions

CTIClinks private businesses, non-profit organizations, associations, and local, state, regional, and federal government 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, e ... more.

Ecocommerce: The Next Generation Ecoservice Market

... indices have been developed independently of each other, and the language describing them today is more like the “Tower of Babel,” rather than a common language. In the future, ecocommerce indices could be created using similar indices, but with a coordinated effort and standardized units. This language can then develop landscape intelligence as it pertains to management of watersheds and biofuel sheds, and it could provide the foundation for a sustainability index, such as what is now proposed by Walmart. According to Walmart’s Web site, the company developed a sustainability index initiative in order to meet customers’ requests for more efficient, longer-lasting, higher-performance products. The company’s goal is to create a more transparent suppl ... more.

Tour Agenda

... am Purdue Dairy –West Lafayette, 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 ... more.

WABASH RIVER BASIN WATER QUALITY TRADING FEASIBILITY STUDY

... Often, these facilities find that it is less expensive to pay producers to implement conservation practices than it is to expand the facility or install new treatment technologies. Through water quality trading, producers, regulated facilities and local water quality all benefit. CTIC’s market feasibility analysis will determine if the necessary conditions exist in the Wabash River watershed to support the development and implementation of a viable, sustainable water quality trading program. Partners U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Agri Drain, Duke Energy, Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Indiana Farm Bureau, Indiana Soybean Alliance, and Purdue University Extension Read the Final Report For Mor ... more.

CTIC project updates

... farmers plant nearly 40,000 acres of cover crops. For our next step, CTIC is joining partners including The Nature Conservancy, Practical Farmers of Iowa, and Unilever to encourage greater adoption of conservation systems among farmers already enrolled in supply chain sustainability initiatives. This project will focus outreach and education on farmers in on Iowa’s Skunk watersheds, as well as utilizing the recently developed4R Plusframework to engage ag retailers, CCAs, and other advisors at the local level in a common conversation about the potential economic and environmental benefits of conservation. Bee Integrated CTIC manages the Bee Integrated project on behalf of the Honey Bee Health Coalition to demonstrate how farmers and beekeepers ca ... more.

CTIC project updates

... farmers plant nearly 40,000 acres of cover crops. For our next step, CTIC is joining partners including The Nature Conservancy, Practical Farmers of Iowa, and Unilever to encourage greater adoption of conservation systems among farmers already enrolled in supply chain sustainability initiatives. This project will focus outreach and education on farmers in on Iowa’s Skunk watersheds, as well as utilizing the recently developed4R Plusframework to engage ag retailers, CCAs, and other advisors at the local level in a common conversation about the potential economic and environmental benefits of conservation. Bee Integrated CTIC manages the Bee Integrated project on behalf of the Honey Bee Health Coalition to demonstrate how farmers and beekeepers ca ... more.

INDIAN CREEK FIELD TOUR JULY 7, 2011

... Technologies, Agrotain, The Fertilizer Institute, Monsanto, Mosaic, Illinois Corn Marketing Board, Agri Drain Corporation, Case IH, John Deere, ADM and the International Plant Nutrition Institute. Register by calling Terry Bachtold at 815.844.6127, extension 3, or email Amber Gritter at gritter@ctic.org. Please specify morning or afternoon tour. The Indian Creek Watershed Project is an effort to increase the adoption of conservation agricultural systems and measure the effectiveness of different nutrient management practices on local farms. For more information about the watershed project, contact Terry Bachtold, Livingston County SWCD, at 815.844.6127, extension 3 or visit CTIC's Indian Creek project web site. The Livingston County Soil an ... more.

CTIC project updates

... be delivered later this spring and are expected to provide the greatest indicator of our success providing cost-effective on-farm pollinator habitat. National Water Quality Initiative: CTIC is currently working with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) on a project in support of the National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI). This project is identifying successful watershed management activities that engage landowners, farmers, and the broader public to protect water quality. Insights developed through this project will inform future NRCS efforts to support local watershed initiatives with technical and financial resources. As a first step, CTIC is convening watershed leaders from across the country at five forums to learn from their experience—succes ... 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, Lake Erie Watershed and Lake Huron Watershed) promoting C ... more.

National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI)

CTIC is working with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to improve the effective engagement by NRCS in delivering watershed projects and to enhance the agency's ability to communicate the issues and success of watershed projects. This project is identifying successful watershed management activities that engage landowners, farmers, and the broader public to protect water quality. Insights developed through this project will inform future NRCS efforts to support local watershed initiatives with technical and financ ... more.

Watershed Academy

The EPA's Watershed Academy provides training opportunities and other resources regarding watershed utilization. Users can participate in training tools, webcasts and others informational sessions. To view publications produced by the Watershed Academy, a list of seminars and other training courses or other information, click here.

Water Quality Trading Workshop Presentations (August 26-27, 2009)

Speaker Presentations Benefits and Obstacles in Water Quality Trading - George Kelly, Environmental Banc & Exchange Ohio's Great Miami River Watershed - Dusty Hall, The Miami Conservancy District Water Quality Credit Training Workshop - Jim Klang, Kieser & Associates Aggregators: Examples and Opportunities - Jamie McCarthy, Kieser & Associates Sauk River Watershed Ecosystem Services Project - Jim Klang, Kieser & Associates Great Miami River Watershed Water Quality Credit Trading Program - Sarah Hippensteel, The M ... more.

Past Tours

... organization representatives, federal and state agency representatives, students and researchers. Read more and view tour videos, photos and more on our tour wrap-up page. Conservation In Action Tour 2013 The 2013 tour had record attendance! On July 10, more than 270 producers, agribusiness partners, government officials and media professionals from 20 states visited the Indian Creek Watershed in Livingston County, Ill. CTIC partnered with the Livingston County Soil and Water Conservation District to showcase a "Community 4 Conservation." Highlights of the tour included: An Aerial Seeding Demonstration A Soil Pit Demonstration Slake test Equipment on display The Tiling Demonstration Click here to read more about CTIC's 2013 Tour. Conservation In ... more.

Southern Plains Agricultural Resources Coalition (SPARC)

Southern Plains Agricultural Resources Coalition (SPARC) Established 2006 The Southern Plains Agricultural Resources Coalition will spark rural sustainability and profitability through greater use of no-till practices and conservation systems for producers, consumers, and communities by promotion of market based incentives, education, demonstration, participation, and research. Mission, Goals and Contact Information Mission Statement The Southern Plains Agricultural Resources Coalition will spark rural sustainability and profitability throu ... more.

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

The Agricultural Drainage Management Coalition conducted demonstration field days in five states last year to give farmers, advisors and regulators an up-close look at field-scale drainage management plots side-by-side with free-flowing tile drainage. Agricultural Drainage Management: Benefits Could Range from the Bin to the Gulf By Steve Werblow Managing agricultural drainage water in the Midwest could represent the next great step forward in agriculture, with benefits that reach from conserving subso ... more.

Putting Producers in the Driver's Seat

... conservation game." Installation costs of drainage management systems range from $20 to $200 per acre more than conventional drainage systems. To offset these costs, government cost-share programs are an important part of the picture. Programs including Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) and Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative can provide assistance for installation. And, in some states, Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) funds may apply to drainage management structures in riparian buffers. Schafer says that "Ideally, farmers could be compensated to forfeit a year’s crop in order to facilitate construction of water management sys ... more.

Research and Technology Briefs Dec 2008 II

Research & Technology Briefs By Rachel Doctor Midwest Cover Crops Council Web Site Introduced Midwestern farmers wanting to learn more about cover crops now have a central information source where they can easily find practical ways to use them. The Midwest Cover Crops Council (MCCC) recently introduced a Web site as an educational tool to help expand the knowledge compiled since the group's formation two years ago to farmers and others in agricultural-related fields. The MCCC is comprised of a diverse group of academia, production agriculture, non-governmental organizations, commodity interests, private sector and representatives from federal and state agencies collaborating to address soil, water, air and agricultural quality con ... more.

Training

... 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.

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 be ... more.

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

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

Cover Crops - An Essential Tool for Sustainable Cropping Sys

... create more organic matter 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 due to run off. With all this activity, soil structure and tilth are improved, increasing infiltration rates and reducing compaction. Implementation of cover crops can have the following beneficial effects: Increase soil organic matter Increase infiltration of water into the soil Decrease runoff to nearby waterways Decrease soil erosion and transport to nearby waterways Conserve soil moisture Reduce soil compaction Increase nutrient availability to the crop Reduce nitrate leaching to groundwater Supply nitrogen to follow ... more.

Cover Crops - An Essential Tool for Sustainable Cropping Sys

... create more organic matter 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 due to run off. With all this activity, soil structure and tilth are improved, increasing infiltration rates and reducing compaction. Implementation of cover crops can have the following beneficial effects: Increase soil organic matter Increase infiltration of water into the soil Decrease runoff to nearby waterways Decrease soil erosion and transport to nearby waterways Conserve soil moisture Reduce soil compaction Increase nutrient availability to the crop Reduce nitrate leaching to groundwater Supply nitrogen to following cro ... more.

What’s happening at CTIC?

2018 Conservation in Action Tour dates and location Mark your calendars! We are thrilled to announce that our 11thannual Conservation in Action Tour will take place on July 11 and 12 near the beautiful Chesapeake Bay in the Maryland and Washington D.C. area. More information will be announced as it is finalized in the coming months. We’re excited to continue bringing together people from across the country with differen ... more.

Cover Crops - An Essential Tool for Sustainable Cropping Systems

... create more organic matter 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 due to run off. With all this activity, soil structure and tilth are improved, increasing infiltration rates and reducing compaction. Implementation of cover crops can have the following beneficial effects: Increase soil organic matter Increase infiltration of water into the soil Decrease runoff to nearby waterways Decrease soil erosion and transport to nearby waterways Conserve soil moisture Reduce soil compaction Increase nutrient availability to the crop Reduce nitrate leaching to groundwater Supply nitrogen to follow ... 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 leading agricultural extension organization in Alberta focused on increasing the adoption of sustainable production systems by Alberta farmers and ranchers. LINKAGES = L ... more.

Tetra Tech, Inc.

CTIC Bronze Corporate Member, Tetra Tech, is a leading provider of consulting, engineering, and technical services worldwide. They are a diverse company, including individuals with expertise in science, research, engineering, construction, and information technology. Their strength is in collectively providing integrated services - delivering the best solutions to meet clients' needs. In a complex world with competing demands for limited resources, Tetra Tech ... more.

Implementation of cover crops can have the following beneficial effects:

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

Monsanto

CTIC Corporate Member, Monsanto, is an agricultural company. Monsanto applies innovation and technology to help farmers around the world be successful, produce healthier foods, better animal feeds and more fiber, while also reducing agriculture's impact on our environment. To learn more about Monsanto, visit www.monsanto.com

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

... on: developing consistent messages about nutrient management needs and practices in southeastern Minnesota, identifying and bringing the tools/ practices necessary for improving nutrient management, and obtaining funding to support direct technical assistance to help farmer understand, adopt and maintain nutrient management practices. Working in 14 counties within the Wabash Watershed (two in western Ohio and 12 in eastern Indiana), CTIC has facilitated the formation of a watershed stakeholder group to identify needs for nutrient management within the watershed, identify existing programs and assistance for meeting nutrient management needs, determine what additional tools are needed for success, and search for ptential funding sources. The project's web site, http:www.cti ... more.

CTIC Project Updates

... later this spring and are expexted to provide the greatest indicator of our success providing cost-effective on-farm pollinator habitat. National Water Quality Initiative: CTIC is currently working with USDA's Natural Recources Conservation Service (NRCS) on a project in support of the National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI). This project is identifying successful watershed management activities that engage landowners, farmers, and the broader public to protect water quality. Insights developed through this project will inform future NRCS efforts to support local watershed initiatives with technical and financial resources. As a first step, CTIC is convening wareshed leaders from across the country at five forums to learn from their experience-suc ... 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 Coordina ... more.

KNOW YOUR WATERSHED

Know Your Watershed is a coordinated national effort to encourage the formation of local, voluntary watershed partnerships and help assure that these partnerships successfully attain their goals. The initiative is sponsored by more than 70 diverse National Partners representing private and public corporations, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. Each National Partner agrees to provide financial and/or ... 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, 1 ... more.

Swine Manure Testing Project

The Upper Wabash Nutrient Management Coalition is working with the Grand Lake/Wabash Watershed Alliance (GLWWA) to collect data on swine manure nutrient content. The GLWWA’s watershed action plan, endorsed by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, includes objectives related to agriculture. Many focus on reducing nutrient loading to streams. Nutrient loads can be reduced by addressing erosion problems and using best management prac ... more.

Watershed Impovement Committee

The Watershed Improvement Committee operates the Middle Kaskaskia Watershed project. They are a world-leading group known for their research in NPS (Non-point Source Pollution).

John Deere Advances Stewardship in Agriculture

A proven leader in the agricultural industry, John Deere is also taking the lead in agricultural sustainability by providing customers with technology and products that improve efficiency and productivity. Photo courtesy of John Deere. Solid. Stable. Focused on Sustainability. John Deere advances stewardship in agriculture By Christy Couch Lee Over 170 years ago, John Deere began his one-man blacksmith shop in Grand DeTour, Ill. Today, Deere & Company empl ... more.

Upstream Heroes: Nutrient Management Succss Stories from American's Farms

The efficient use of nutrients within farming operations is receiving a great deal of attention for several reasons. Today, producers look more carefully at what, when and how they apply fertilizer, primarily because of the increased cost of fertilizer and other inputs as well as the general economic downturn. Additionally, agriculture is the focus of much attention-nationally as well as locally-because farming activities have been linked to the Gulf of Mexico Hypoxic Zone. Not many people understand the complex problem of the hypoxic zone, and individual farmers, ... more.

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

When: July 8 - 9, 2009 Where: Atwood Lake Resort and Conference Center 2650 Lodge Road Sherrodsville, OH 44675 888-819-8042 **To make reservations - call and reference the Water Quality Workshop to receive the group rate of $89 per night. To view the Agenda, click here. Together with its partners, Environmental Trading Network, the International Certified Crop Advisers, and the Water Environment Federation, the Conservation Techn ... more.

Top Ten IPM Tips

Top 10 Management Tips 10. Soil Management: Providing sufficient amounts of crop residue on the soil surface improves organic matter of the soil. Soil testing and applying proper amounts of fertilizer and micronutrients provides for optimum growing environment. 9. Cultural Practices: The pest’s environment is disrupted by rotating crops, and timely harvesting of crops. Planting cover crops can suppress weed pressure and provide nitrogen and better soil tilth. 8. Planting: Plant crops that have good vigor and that can tolerate or ... more.

AQUATIC RESOURCES WORKSHOPS

In 2010, CTIC received a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to fund the "Aquatic Resource Monitoring Technical Training Workshops for States, Tribes and Other Stakeholders" project. Over the next three years, CTIC will provide the leadership and technical support to conduct seven aquatic resource-specific workshops and two national conferences covering all aquatics resource types. These workshops and conferences will enhance the collaboration, communication, coordination and technology transfer among over 800 professional attendees. Using a ... more.

2010 Tour Wrap-Up

Participants found out how agriculture protects water quality and improves soil health during the Conservation In Action Tour 2010. WHEN: August 2-3, 2010 WHERE: Williamsburg, Virginia WHAT: Visited farms and farmers in east central Virginia who run profitable operations and provide communities with valuable ecosystem services. Fill out an Evaluation Form from the Conservation In Action Tour 201 ... more.

Conservation In Action Tour 2010 "Best Tour Yet"

Participants found out how agriculture protects water quality and improves soil health during the Conservation In Action Tour 2010. WHEN: August 2-3, 2010 WHERE: Williamsburg, Virginia WHAT: Visited farms and farmers in east central Virginia who run profitable operations and provide communities with valuable ecosystem services. Fill out an Evaluation Form from the Conservation In Action Tour 201 ... more.

Member Benefits

Join us at the basic membership 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 ... more.

Don't forget to renew your membership

Have you checked your mailbox for CTIC’s annual membership renewal notice? Renewing your membership helps us continue to make a difference in conservation agriculture and helps us continue to grow our organization. CTIC members play a critical role in spreading the message about how conservation practices can help improve soil and water quality, boost profitability and more. We couldn’t do it without you! As a CTIC member, you: Network with leaders in conservation and agriculture Collaborate on projects that encourage and steer ... more.

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

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

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 dedicated membership, we've demonstrated the value of public/privat ... more.

Membership Information

Making things happen CTIC is THE credible, 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' ... 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 p ... more.

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.

Koch Agronomic Services, L.L.C.

CTIC Bronze Corporate Member, Koch Agronomic Services, L.L.C. and its subsidiaries, are collective one of the world's largest producers and marketers of fertilizers. The company owns or has interests in fertilizer plants in the United States, Canada, and Trinidad and Tobago. Its distribution network covers global demand through state-of-the-art terminals in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Australia, France and the United Kingdom. To lear ... more.

Koch Agronomic Services

Koch is one of the largest producers and marketers of fertilizer in the world. Our Agrotain nitrogen stabilizer controls nitrogen loss for higher yields and better environmental performance. Our network of national experts and local representatives connects Koch Agronomic Services with the fertilizer dealers and farmers who can harness the benefits of Agrotain.

Soil Conservation Council of Canada Conseil de Conservation des sols Canada

Soil Conservation Council of Canada Conseil de Conservation des sols Canada The Soil Conservation Council of Canada (SCCC) is a non-government, producer directed organization that is the face and voice for soil conservation in Canada. Our national network is a collaboration that involves; provincial soil conservation associations, non-government organizations, industry and government. Mission, Goals and Contact Information www.soilcc.ca

Michigan Manure Resources Network - Michigan State University Extension

This site is intended to bring together those having manure with those needing manure and includes a manure management planner. There are many other links to resources as well, including a listing of many Midwest testing labs, manure spreader calibration information, compost tipsheets and much more.

News Source: Focus on Nutrient Management (PDF, 764 KB)

News Source: Focus on Nutrient Management (PDF, 764 KB) 38 Nutrient Management Initiative Sites Established in 2009 Soil Fertility Research Program Approved by Legislature Mining Soil Fertility Can Be Costly! How do I Determine My Nitrogen Rate? Nutrient Management and USDA-NRCS Conservation Programs Fall Nitrogen Best Management Practices and Soil Temperature Network Pilot Proj

Case IH

CTIC Corporate Member, Case IH, is an American mechanical company, one of the world's largest brands of agricultural equipment. With headquarters in Racine, Wisconsin, it has a network of more than 4,000 dealers and distributors that operates in more than 160 countries. Case IH is owned by CNH Global. To learn more about Case IH, visit www.caseih.com/northamerica.

CIA Tour Promo 2010

... of natural resources go hand in hand; •A visit to the Archer Ruffin farm, to learn about carbon markets and profitable conservation, and to engage in a farmer panel focused on conservation; •Lunch at the Shirley Plantation, the oldest family-owned business in North America, featuring presentations about the Chesapeake Bay watershed; •A stop at Carter farm to learn about successful no-till cotton production in cool soil temperatures; The Shirley Plantation, Charles City, Virginia. Photo Courtesy of Charles Carter. •A visit to the Paul Davis farm to take part in a series of presentations on how agriculture will play a significant role in re ... more.

NOW HIRING - COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR

CTIC is seeking a Communications Director to help develop, deliver and monitor programs, messages and materials to promote conservation agriculture. The position involves regular communications with but not limited to federal, state and local government agencies; agriculture industry, media and associations; conservation groups and watershed partnerships. This position may also be responsible for grant-funded projects that involve technology transfer, publications, information dissemination, media relations or other communication-related outcomes. Major Responsibilities edit and write quarterly online magazine and e-newsletter solicit advertisers for online magazine write and distribute news relea ... more.

CTIC Launches New Conservation Information Website

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

Water Quality Monitoring Program

... or tile outlets through outreach and feedback event Determine 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 ado ... more.

CTIC Conservation in Action Tour Draws 130+ to Chesapeake Bay

... 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 producers, Conservation in Action Tour participants heard from Hoopers Island Oyster Compa ... more.

THREE POSITIONS OPEN AT CTIC

... position of Project Director please click here. COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR The CTIC Communications Director will develop, deliver and monitor programs, messages and materials to promote conservation agriculture. He/she will communicate regularly with, among others, federal, state and local government agencies; agriculture industry, media and associations; conservation groups and watershed partnerships. This position will also be responsible for grant-funded projects that involve technology transfer, publications, information dissemination, media relations or other communication-related outcomes. For more information about the position of Project Director please click here. COMMUNICATIONS INTERN The CTIC Communications Intern will assist CTIC staff in creating comm ... more.

Sustainable Supply Chains

... 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 CTIC recently began a ne ... more.

Bioenergy Productions

Argonne National Laboratory found a home for its biomass test site on the Ray Popejoy farm in the Indian Creek watershed. Argonne is exploring the potential for farmers to employ underused or marginal land to produce crops for biomass energy. Factors studied include economic potential and water quality benefits. As this project moves forward, funding from the Department of Energy is expected to support the scientific investigation and field study. Agribusiness will assist with identifying potential supply ... more.

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

Water Quality Credit Trading Workshop July 8-9, 2009 Sherrodsville, Ohio Speaker Presentations: Ohio's Water Quality Trading Rules - Gary Stuhlfauth, Ohio EPA Ohio's Great Miami River Watershed - Dusty Hall, The Miami Conservancy District Great Miami River Watershed Water Quality Credit Trading Program - Sarah Hippensteel Community-Based Water Quality Trading: The Alpine Water Quality Trading Plan - Dr. Richard Moore, The Ohio State University Water Quality Credit Trading Workshop - Jim Klang, Kieser & Associates WQT Workshop Role-playing Exercise - Jim Klang, Ki ... more.

Cover crop impacts on watershed hydrology.

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

GREAT LAKES COVER CROP INITIATIVE 2012 WORKSHOPS

Date Location Contact February 21 Ogemaw County Ogemaw Co MSU Extension Office Rifle River Watershed West Branch, MI Paul Gross 989-772-0911x302 grossp@msu.edu March 15 Allegan County Trestle Stop Restaurant Macatawa watershed Hamilton, MI Christina Currell 231-745-2732 curellc@msu.edu ... more.

Click for the Grand Lake St. Mary’s/Wabash Watershed Action Plan.

Click for the Grand Lake St. Mary’s/Wabash Watershed Action Plan.

What is a Watershed

What is a watershed video

Everyone Impacts a Watershed

Everyone Impacts a Watershed

Conservation In Action Tour 2011 Post-Tour News Release

... Deere, The Mosaic Company, The Andersons and Specialty Fertilizer Products participated in the tour’s Conservation Technology Expo and talked one-on-one with tour attendees about their products that support conservation agriculture. The day ended with comments by U.S. Representative Marcy Kaptur, who shared her love of the area and her commitment to conservation of the Maumee River watershed and Lake Erie. View her talk . CTIC and AGROTAIN International sponsored media coverage by AgWired (for in-depth stories, interviews and photos visit Agwired). Find additional coverage at Farm Futures' tour article "Tour Proves Why Conservation is Still Cool" and No-Till Farmer's tweets the day of the event. CTIC thanks all members of the media who attended. ... more.

Anaerobic Digesters: A Community Approach

... 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, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and particulate matter are reduced by 99 percent and more than five tons of salts and nitrates are kept out of the Santa Ana River watershed. Meanwhile, solids separated from the processed manure—135 tons per day—are sold as organic fertilizer. It’s a shining example of the capabilities of a community system, but it’s hardly a get-rich-quick scheme. “As a public utility, we’re just trying to cover our costs,” says Rich Atwater, IEUA’s CEO and general manager. “The renewable e ... more.

4R Nutrient Stewardship: Why Now?

... level of precision allows farmers to become more cost-efficient and supports overall soil health, which, in turn, contributes to the social and environmental objectives of 4R nutrient stewardship. Environmental health and safety is a priority In the Chesapeake Bay region, researchers are measuring the amount of nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment pollution at sites in the Bay watershed. Following determination of a total maximum daily load (TMDL) for the Bay, project will be implemented to demonstrate best methods to reduce nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment on agricultural and forest lands. In Florida, stringent nutrient reduction criteria are being contemplated. In the Gulf of Mexico, fertilizers continue to be scrutinized as a primary contributor to hypoxic reg ... more.

Upstream Heroes: CTIC Spreads Nutrient Management Success Stories from along the Mississippi River

... practices themselves is wise. Watering cups cut water waste by 50 percent, reducing the volume of manure and increasing its nutrient concentration. Photo courtesy of Steve Werblow "We have been hard at work to reach farmers in Missouri's Bootheel, in south-central and southeastern Minnesota, and in the upper Wabash River watershed, which flows from Ohio through 12 counties in Indiana," Jones says. "At a meeting in early March, I met with representatives of Bootheel Resource Conservation and Development, Inc. and experts from the University of Missouri, the Missouri Corn Growers Association, and others, to look at the latest tools and techniques in farm nutrient management. There is a lot to talk about that makes ... more.

CTIC News

... and profitable conservation; lunch at the Shirley Plantation, the oldest family-owned business in North America; the Carter farm where no-till cotton grows successfully in cool soil temperatures; and a series of presentations at the Paul Davis farm. These will include how agriculture will play a significant role in removing water quality impairments in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, and what Clean Water Act and Total Maximum Daily Load regulations could mean to agriculture and the region. The day will end with a steak dinner on the banks of the Pamunkey River, a major tributary to the Chesapeake Bay. Plan to join us on Aug. 2 for a social event the evening before the one-day tour. Lodging and travel details will be available soon on the CTIC Web site, www.ctic. ... more.

Planning Now Can Avoid Permit Later

... an NPDES permit. Clearly, the bottom line is that anyone helping livestock producers navigate the regulatory straits will need to keep a close eye on the words used in the regulation, as well as EPA guidance on manmade devices “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 m ... more.

Notes from the Chair of the CTIC Board of Directors

... 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 date, sign up for the tour and visit these successful farms with us. In addition to joining us on the tour, I hope you will accept my invitation to attend our next board meeting, which will be the day after the tour, July 30, 2009, in Moline, Ill. On behalf of the entire CTIC Boa ... more.

Don't miss the CTIC Conservation In Action Tour 2008

... practices in their profitable operations. Starkey Farms Partnership , Brownsburg, Indiana • 8 years of continuous no-till • Gradually incorporated 200 acres of annual ryegrass as cover crop • Gypsum added as a soil amendment to improve soil structure and infiltration • Tile Nitrogen outflow monitored by a local university because the farm is within a watershed that supplies drinking water to nearby Indianapolis Lamb Farms , Lebanon, Indiana • 84% of corn and soybeans are no-till or strip-till • RTK systems used to apply and manage nutrients • 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, ... more.

CROP RESIDUE MANAGEMENT SURVEY

... are used include: assess successes of Farm Bill programs, state and local-level initiatives document what farmers save in fuel usage at the county, state and national levels track the progress of, and measure trends in, conservation tillage adoption prioritize areas for program focus, such as Conservation Stewardship Program provide assessment data as a core component of local watershed management plans. Activities CTIC is working to develop new software that will simplify the collection process, allow data to upload to CTIC's web site with a click of a button and tie collection points to GPS coordinates. With Purdue University, CTIC is exploring the use of remote sensing technology to estimate residue cover and, ideally, increase efficiency and accuracy of ... more.

Operational Tillage Information System (OpTIS)

... of remote sensing (satellite-based) data to monitor conservation practices in agricultural systems, including various forms of reduced tillage and the planting of winter cover crops. While the OpTIS calculations are performed and validated at the farm-field scale, the privacy of individual producers is fully protected by distributing only spatially-aggregated results – at the county and watershed (8-digit HUC) scale. CTIC has been the primary source of this type of conservation practice monitoring data for nearly 30 years. In partnership with USDA and many others, the CTIC curates and distributes the National Crop Residue Management (CRM) Survey, collected using validated transect methods – annually in most states from 1989 through 2004, and again in 2006 and 2008. When fully imp ... 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 pro ... more.

Small Community Wastewater Tracking Solutions Workshop

... 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. STEPL provides a user 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. ... more.

Stream Protection

... 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 should be between 15 and 25 feet wide. * Remove fallen trees, stumps and debris that might cause turbulence in the stream. Remove t ... more.

2012 Tour Wrap-Up

... Agriculture BMPs. BMP Effectiveness--Harris Bayou Conservation In Action Tour 2013 Stay tuned for more information on next year's Conservation in Action Tour slated to take place at the Indian Creek watershed in Illinois. Thank you to all sponsors of the Conservation in Action Tour. We appreciate your support and value your contributions to make this event a valuable and enjoyable experience. Tour Leader: Evening Social Sponsor: Dinner Sponsor: ... more.

…and looking forward to 2018!

... new look and retrieving information about conservation agriculture will be easier than ever. Our 2018 Conservation in Action Tour will be held in the Maryland/Washington D.C. area this summer. Plans are already underway, and we’re thrilled to share more information with you in the coming months. Working with USDA on a project to highlight successful strategies for organizing local watershed protection efforts that engage local stakeholders and effectively communicate how agriculture is actively addressing water quality concerns. Helping farmers and members of the supply chain document how they are sustainably providing commodities to downstream partners and how farming more sustainably can have a positive impact on the farmer’s bottom line. Working with partners to impleme ... more.

...and looking forward to 2018!

... new look and retrieving information about conservation agriculture will be easier than ever. Our 2018 Conservation in Action Tour will be held in the Maryland/Washington D.C. area this summer. Plans are already underway, and we’re thrilled to share more information with you in the coming months. Working with USDA on a project to highlight successful strategies for organizing local watershed protection efforts that engage local stakeholders and effectively communicate how agriculture is actively addressing water quality concerns. Helping farmers and members of the supply chain document how they are sustainably providing commodities to downstream partners and how farming more sustainably can have a positive impact on the farmer’s bottom line. Working with partners to impleme ... more.

30th Anniversary Member Spotlight

... member The Mosiac Company, institutional member The Fertilizer Insititute and individual member Joe Glassmeyer. Thanks for your membership! CORPORATE CTIC recognizes Gold Corporate Member, The Mosaic Company, in our member spotlight. The Mosaic Company sponsors our 30th Anniversary, the Indian Creek Watershed Project and serving as Tour Leader sponsor for the Conservation In Action Tour for the second year in a row. The Mosaic Company is the world's leading producer and marketer of concentrated phosphate and potash, two of the primary nutrients required to grow the food the world needs. INSTITUTIONAL ... more.

Strip Tillage Fall Nitrogen Application

... application afforded the highest yields Spring application revealed most efficient nitrogen use Fall application displayed lower economic return on nitrogen, due to nitrogen losses Fall timing had lowest yield Split timing was better than fall but not as good as spring application We encourage other farmers in the watershed to adopt this approach to collecting information critical to making fully informed nitrogen management decisions. *International Plant Nutrition Institute designed the Crop Nutrient Response Tool to assist interpretation and record-keeping for on-farm field crop trials involving multiple rates of any added nutrient. It provides the an estimate of optimum rate for a sing ... more.

COMMUNICATIONS INTERN WANTED

... 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 government agencies; agriculture industry, media and associations; conservation groups and watershed partnerships. This paid position is available June 1, 2011, for full-time (40-hour week) work through the summer. Qualified interns may extend the work period, at part-time status, through December 2011. See the job description (here) to learn more. Contact Amber Gritter (gritter@ctic.org) to apply.

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 P ... more.

Strip Tillage Fall Nitrogen Application

... fertilizer in the fall, in a strip-tilled area. He harvested the plots with his yield-monitor-equipped combine. We analyzed his yield data along with fertilizer rate and other data including field observations and soil and plant analysis and we used the Crop Nutrient Response Tool* to determine the maximum economic rate of nitrogen: 212 pounds per acre. We encourage other farmers in the watershed to adopt this approach to collecting information critical to making fully informed nitrogen management decisions. *International Plant Nutrition Institute designed the Crop Nutrient Response Tool to assist interpretation and record-keeping for on-farm field crop trials involving multiple rates of any added nutrient. It provides the an estimate of optimum rate for a single-year response - t ... more.

2014 Achievements

... The first-ever CTIC Dialogues briefed Washington, DC, staffers on how good policy yields good conservation. • The 6th World Congress on Conservation Agriculture brought people from 51 countries to Winnipeg to share their insight and BMPs. • We hosted a hypoxia panel for leading farm journalists at the Agricultural Media Summit. • Our Indian Creek Watershed Project yielded a highly successful tour and three great presentations at the 2014 International Soil and Water Conservation Society Annual Conference. • We kicked off our 2.5-year Economic, Agronomic and Environmental Benefits of Cover Crops CIG project. • Our 7th annual Conservation in Action Tour brought more than 150 conservation-minded participants to Florida for a look at cutt ... more.

Great Lakes Cover Crop Initiative

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

CTIC in the News

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

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 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 Activities This project employs information technology transfer through published articles in CTIC's Partners online magazine, a manure management web site with links toinnovative techn ... more.

Urban Stream Restoration Field Manual

Urban Stream Restoration Field Manual This manual contains urban stream rehabilitation techniques, measured in-stream enhancements of fisheries, habitat, and bethnos, fluvial geomorphic analysis of streams and resulting effects of watershed and stream alterations, and rural applications of the selected stream rehabilitation techniques. These are all described using a straight-forward approach. The manual is full color and 143-pages.

National Soil Tilth Laboratory

National 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

2018 Membership Drive

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

Operational Tillage Information System (OpTIS)

... of remote sensing (satellite-based) data to monitor conservation practices in agricultural systems, including various forms of reduced tillage and the planting of winter cover crops. While the OpTIS calculations are performed and validated at the farm-field scale, the privacy of individual producers is fully protected by distributing only spatially-aggregated results – at the county and watershed (8-digit HUC) scale.

REGISTRATION OPEN FOR 2013 TOUR

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

INDIAN CREEK FIELD TOUR

CTIC and farmer leaders will host an informative field tour on July 10, 2012 for participants interested in learning more about products, practices, equipment and technology that are both profitable and responsible. The tour, a funtion of the Indian Creek Watershed Project, will showcase Livingston County farms and field trials in Fairbury, Illinois.

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency

Illinois EPA and other partners will conduct water quality monitoring in the watershed to document and determine if conservation practices are making a difference. This project funded in part by IL EPA through Section 319 of the Clean Water Act.

Economic Benefits with Environmental Protection

Economic Benefits with Environmental Protection Explores many of the challenges, opportunities management tactics and successful marketing efforts that helped shape promotion of conservation in the Great Lakes watershed and North Central region.

Study Links Best Management Practices To Cleaner Watershed

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Hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico

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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.

INDIAN CREEK WATERSHED PROJECT

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CONSERVATION IN ACTION TOUR 2013

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Livestock Waste Management June 2010

To better manage nutrients, Lancaster County, Penn. dairy producers install manure storage tanks as part of their conservation plans. Photo courtesy of USDA-NRCS Manure Du Jour Serving Pennsylvania's Best Practices on Animal Ag. Air, and Water Quality By Kristen Saacke-Blunk Pennsylvania dairy cow. Photo courtesy of USDA-NRCS. In January 2009, Penn State Cooperative Extension and its Agriculture and Environment Center debuted the Manure du jour webcast series in response to findings of the 2008 Agriculture in Balance conference. At the conference, Pennsylvania’s agriculture ... more.

Manure: What’s It Worth?

Calculating the value—either in terms of nutrients or dollars—of manure isn’t easy. But understanding the variables and tuning into innovative tools can help. Photo courtesy of Steve Werblow Manure: What’s It Worth? by Steve Werblow Most farmers and agronomists agree that manure has enjoyed a change in status in recent years, from a waste material to a valuable resource. But the challenge remains in figuring ou ... more.

Leading the way

The Mosaic 2009 Sustainability Report focuses on six core principles, one of which is ensuring environmental stewardship for responsible land and natural resource use. Photo courtesy of CTIC Leading the way Mosaic Company is a pioneer of progression in agricultural sustainability By Christy Couch Lee Just five years ago, the Mosaic Company launched as the second-largest crop nutrition firm, when Cargill Crop Nutrition and IMC Global Inc, joi ... more.

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

EPA's New CAFO Rule Changes "Duty to Apply" for NPEDS Permit Nutrient management plans and voluntary NPDES permits may be helpful to confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs) – even if they do not discharge or don’t propose to discharge 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 o ... more.

Fast vs. Fuel - The New No-Till Debate

Tilling this quarter section of cornstalks in a three-pass program could consume 404 gallons of diesel and take 37 hours. Spraying with a burndown herbicide for a no-till program cuts it back to 20 gallons of fuel and two hours of time. Photo courtesy of Steve Werblow Fast vs. Fuel - The New No-Till Debate By Steve Werblow Skyrocketing fuel and fertilizer bills have tempered some of the enthusiasm over unprecedented commodity prices. It s ... more.

Soil Quality: More than a Soil Test

Productive soil builds the foundation for any successful cropland. The higher soil quality, the better it performs. Whether producing organic matter, cycling nutrients, filtering water or other critical functions, soil quality is a key ingredient in the Core 4 Conservation recipe for enhancing soil and water resources, improving farm profitability and working toward a brighter future. “Soil quality is the capacity of a specific soil to function,&rdq ... more.

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

Conservation Agriculture Carbon Offset Consultation participants gather outside the Purdue University Beck Agricultural Center. International Meeting Spotlights Conservation Agriculture's Role in Mitigating Climate Change Supported by science and spurred by emerging markets, more than 80 participants in an international workshop on carbon sequestration called on world policymakers to focus research and create fair-priced carbon offset markets that would pay farmers to adopt conservation agriculture practices that will capture carbon in the soil. Carbon offset markets would allow farmers to sell the service of capturing and storing & ... more.

Integrated Manure Management: Good Neighbors, Good Business

Mike Beard and his family have built a national reputation as top managers of feed, water and manure on their 15,000-head hog operation in Indiana. Photo courtesy of Steve Werblow Integrated Manure Management: Good Neighbors, Good Business by Steve Werblow There aren’t many 15,000-head hog ope ... more.

Wastewater Treatment Plants Dewater Dairy Manure

... 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 Nearly half the weight of dairy manure is water. It's bulky, it's heavy and it's inconvenient to handle. Rising fuel costs make hauling that water component prohibitively expensive, and environmental protection measures push the cost of lagoons toward the half-million-dollar mark or higher. And for dairy producers like John Vrieze of Baldwin, Wis., the problem grows with every rain. “Colleagues of mine in drier areas of the country can use the ... more.

California Conservation Tillage Workgroup

Established 1998 The purpose of the Conservation Tillage Workgroup is to 1) develop knowledge and exchange information on conservation tillage 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 produce UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (DANR) publications and internet ... more.

Success Story June 2010

Rye cover crop seeded into corn residue. Photo courtesy of USDA Cover Crops Work with Various Crop Production Systems By Jason Johnson According to a panel of Iowa farmers, agronomists and soil conservationists, cover crops such as rye, wheat and clover are environmentally beneficial and with proper management won’t inhibit yields on various crop production systems, including no-till and organic farming. At a recent Cover Crops Workshop in Jefferson, Iowa, dozens gathered to discuss and learn more about the many benefits and varieties of cover crops, and ways to success ... more.

Turning Manure into Energy

Turning Manure Into Energy Turkey litter is relatively dry and blended with bedding fiber, making it especially well suited for combustion. Photo courtesy of Steve Werblow Turning Manure into Energy Steve Werblow Barriers to the land application of manure – phosphorus-loaded soils, limited land base, high fuel and hauling costs – have raised burning questions ... more.

What are Conservation Buffers?

Conservation Buffers Conservation buffers are small areas or strips of land in permanent vegetation, designed to slow water runoff, provide shelter and stabilize riparian areas. Strategically placed buffer strips in the agricultural landscape can effectively mitigate the movement of sediment, nutrients, and pesticides within farm fields and from farm fields. Buffers include: contour buffer strips, field borders, filter strips, grassed waterways, living snow fences, ... more.

Lessening the Pain

The residue left on the field and the soil structure improved with a no-till cropping system may also give producers an advantage in this cold, wet harvest season. Photo courtesy of CTIC Lessening the Pain For farmers choosing no-till, this fall’s wet harvest has been a bit less painful By Christy Couch Lee What a year it’s be ... more.

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Information Collection and Use The Conservation Technology Information Center (herein referred to as “CTIC”) is the sole owner of the information collected on this site. We will not sell, share, or rent this information to others in ways different from what is disclosed in this statement. CTIC collects information from our visitors at several different points on our web site. Trademarks CTIC and the CT ... more.

Smarter Fertilizer Use Yields Environmental Benefits

Moved by environmental stewardship and new government requirements, producers seek to limit nutrients in the environment through improved fertilizer efficiency. Photo courtesy of Agrium Smarter Fertilizer Use Yields Environmental Benefits By Matthew W. Clover All plants need nitrogen, an essential nutrient for growth. Through the years, growers have found ways ... more.

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Privacy Policy & Terms of Use Information Collection and Use The Conservation Technology Information Center (herein referred to as “CTIC”) is the sole owner of the information collected on this site. We will not sell, share, or rent this information to others in ways different from what is disclosed in this statement. CTIC collects information from our visitors at several different points on our web site. Trademarks CTIC and ... more.

Partners Contribution June 2010

Steve Robinson, President, National Association of Conservation Districts Photo courtesy of NACD. National Association of Conservation Districts By Steve Robinson, President Dear fellow conservationists, Greetings on behalf of the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) and our member conservation districts! NACD is the nonprofit organization that represents America’s 3,000 conservation districts and the 17,000 men and women who serve on their governing boards. Conservation districts are local units of government established under state law to carry out natural resource management programs at the local level. Districts work with millions of landowners and oper ... more.

Field Days Featured Tools for Farm Profitability

... Scott Crumpecker spoke to field day participants, including area high school students. He highlighted nitrogen management, issues related to the Gulf of Mexico hypoxic zone, and how agricultural producers can fine tune their nitrogen application practices to save money and benefit water quality. Mike Milam, University of Missouri Extension Service, spoke with high school students about how watersheds work and how we all have an impact on water quality downstream. For more information on efficient use of nitrogen, or future educational opportunities, contact David Dunn, University of Missouri Delta Center, at 573-379-5431 or dunnd@missouri.edu. Profitability Through Nitrogen Efficiency was provided through efforts of the Bootheel Nutrient Management Committee funded in part by Ass ... more.

2015 Tour Wrap-Up

From the cover crops of the Hmong American Farmers Association farm near Hastings to Northfield farmer Dave Legvold’s saturated buffers and the impeccable dairy and manure handling system at Burfeind Dairy Farm near Goodhue, participants in the Conservation Technology Information Center’s (CTIC) eighth annual Conservation in Action Tour got a first-hand look at systems that protect water quality, build soil health and improve farm profitability. What people enjoyed most about the tour: The opportunity to see conser ... more.

CTIC Welcomes New Members

CTIC Welcomes New Members By Rachel Doctor CORPORATE Terra Industries Inc. CTIC is excited to introduce Terra Industries Inc., as a new Premier Corporate Member. Headquartered in Sioux City, Iowa, Terra serves agriculture by providing farmers with nitrogen products that replenish the soil and are essential to plant growth. In fact, the company is the leading international producer of nitrogen products for agricultural, industrial and environmental markets. Terra owns and operates nitrogen manufacturing facilities in six North American locations and own 50 percent interest in joint ventures in the United Kingdom and The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Terra takes pride i ... more.

What is a Crop Nutrient Management Plan?

What's a Crop Nutrient Management plan? A Crop Nutrient Management plan is a tool to increase the efficiency of all the nutrient sources your crop uses while reducing production and environmental risk, ultimately, increasing profit. 10 KEY COMPONENTS Ag experts agree that there are ten fundamental components of a Crop Nutrient Management Plan. Each component is critical to helping you analyze each field and improve nutrient efficiency for the crops you grow. 1. Field map. The map, including general reference points (such as streams, residen ... more.

More Acres Can Also Mean More Conservation

Schroeder planted corn into soybean residue without disturbing the soil. No-till helps reduce erosion, saves time and money, and improves water and soil quality. Photo courtesy of Jason Johnson More Acres Can Also Mean More Conservation By Jason Johnson As the number of Iowa farmers decreases and the average farm size increases, that can mean more conservation on the ground – especially when it’s farmed by environme ... more.

Research and Tech Briefs June 2010

Research & Technology Briefs Unprecedented Cropland Study Confirms Conservation Practices Work On Farms in Upper Mississippi River Basin Conservation practices installed and applied by agricultural producers on cropland are reducing sediment, nutrient and pesticide losses from farm fields, according to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. More... Cool Farm Tool A public release version of the Cool Farm Tool Greenhouse Gas Cal ... 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 ... more.

Wetland

Marsh-type area with saturated soils and water-loving plants. Wetlands provide wildlife habitat and serve as natural filters for agricultural runoff. How it works ... more.

Questions and Answers

Questions and Answers What is Core 4 Conservation? It's a common-sense approach to improving farm profitability while addressing environmental concerns. It’s adaptable to virtually any farming situation and can be tailored to meet a farmer’s specific needs. Better soil Sustainable soils that increase long-term productivity result from increased organic matter, improved soil mois ... more.

Ag Consulting Trainings

WHO SHOULD ATTEND? “Professional ag consultants will learn what they need to provide one more service to the farmers they advise. Recognizing where a conservation practice would be a good fit, and charting a course for putting it into use, is a real value to their clients. Not every CCA or retail agronomist is interested in writing elaborate conservation plans, but these are the people farmers turn to first for advice. They’re the right group to show farmers how they can benefit from conservation,” Mike Smith, CTIC project director. P ... more.

Workshops

Practical Conservation Planning in the Field August 22-23, 2017 Stuttgart Public Library Stuttgard, Arkansas Ph: 870-673-1966 WHO SHOULD ATTEND? Professional ag consultants will learn what they need to provide one more service to the farmers they advise. Recognizing where a conservation practice would be a good fit, and charting a course for putting it into use, is a real value to their clients. Not every CCA or retail agronomist is interested in writing elaborate conservation plans, but these are the people farmers turn to first for advice. They’re the right group to show farmers how they can benefit from conservation. Mike Smith, CTIC project director. Workshop Agenda Tuesday August ... 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 ... more.

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

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

Experts Dispute Study That Relates No-Till to Algae Problem

... shoreline of Lake Erie accumulating algae. Photo courtesy of EPA Experts Dispute Study That Relates No-Till to Algae Problem Rachel Doctor Last spring, a study conducted by Hiedelberg College's water lab in Tiffin, Ohio, reported that no-till farming was contributing to the dissolved phosphorus that enters the water supply and causes an accumulation of algae in Lake Erie. According to Norm Widman, national agronomist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), no-till systems are not the reason for this dissolved phosphorus, but several things have caused a “perfect storm” for this phosphorus runoff. ”Most phosphorus runoff is caused by the timing and methods of application of ... more.

Whatcom County Dairy Farmers Tackle Water Quality Challenges

Whatcom County Dairy Farmers Tackle Water Quality Challenges Using an innovative online tool to schedule late winter and early spring manure applications, Terry and Troy Lenssen of Lenssen Dairy in Lynden, Washington, can give soil microbes a chance to convert slurry nutrients into plant-available forms before spring growth starts in earnest, while also protecting local waterways from runoff of nutrients and bacteria. The Application Risk Management (ARM) tool developed by the Whatcom Conservation District uses a c ... more.

Tillage Type Definitions

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

NEW FACEBOOK PAGE

CTIC has relocated to a new home on Facebook. The new address is sleeker and more manageable in order to give us the ability to better utilize Facebook and Twitter for conservation news, tour schedules, and special announcements. With the reach and scope of social networking sites, CTIC has the opportunity to reach more people and provide additional information, support, and help for our current members and friends. In the past few years, social networking ... more.

Research and Technology Briefs

Research & Technology Briefs U.S. Commerce Department establishes NOAA Climate Service The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has launched the NOAA Climate Service at www.climate.gov. Individuals and decision-makers across widely diverse sectors – from agriculture to energy to transportation – increasingly rely on NOAA for information about climate change. To meet these requests, the NOAA Climate Service office has been established to bring together the agency’s ... more.

Conservation Agriculture Carbon Offset Consultation - The Results

Conservation Agriculture Carbon Offset Consultation, Oct. 28-30, 2008, West Lafayette, IN. The Conservation Agriculture Carbon Offset Consultation, sponsored by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and CTIC, was a rousing success. Three days of science, economics, brainstorming and collaboration among representatives from around the world yielded some very significant conclusions: There is good science to describe and quantify the role that farmers around the world can play using conservation agriculture to sequester carbon in the soil. ... more.

Weed and Pest Management

Weed & Pest Management (IPM) Facts What is it? It's a comprehensive approach to fine tuning on-farm management of harmful weeds and pests. Today we have improved methods for control of weeds, insects and diseases. Management strategies 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. ... more.

Field Border

A strip of grass or legumes at the edge of a field used in place of end rows. How it works Strips 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 ... 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 app ... more.

2016 Tour Wrap-Up

2016 Conservation 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 Ma ... more.

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 environme ... 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 use efficiency (NUE) rate com ... more.

Conservation Tillage Photos and Graphics

Instructions Click on image to view full size version. To download image when viewing full-size, click your right mouse button on the graphic and choose the "save image" option. All images are 300 dpi resolution minimum. Please feel free to use these photos and graphics for publication. Mention of source is appreciated. Close look at old corn stalks left standing from past harvest. The standing stalks helped catch additional snow over the winter to provide more moisture for the newly emerging (green) soybean plants. The sta ... more.

Research & Technology Briefs

... focuses on four main cellulosic feedstocks, including: corn stover, miscanthus, switchgrass and wood. The full report is available at http://www.mnproject.org/pdf/TMP_Transportation-Biofuels-Update_Aug09.pdf USDA Announces $320 Million to Improve Mississippi River Basin Water Quality and Wildlife Habitat In September, USDA announced the Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative (MRBI), which will provide $80 million in each of the next four fiscal years (for a total of $320 million) for voluntary projects in priority watersheds located in 12 key states. Managed by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, the MRBI will help producers adopt conservation systems that have environmental benefits and maintain agricultural productivity. The states involved in t ... more.

National Aquatic Resource Surveys (NARS)

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

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 ... more.

Web Site is a Treasure Trove of Livestock Waste Management Information

A new Web site provides producers with tools, resources, contacts and success stories to learn more about livestock waste management technologies. Photo courtesy of CTIC Web Site is a Treasure Trove of Livestock Waste Management Information By Steve Werblow Over the past two years, Partners has featured a series of articles on the latest tactics and technologies in livestock waste ... more.

Woodland Management

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

Windbreak

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

Wetland Enhancement

Installing practices such as dikes in existing wetlands to manage water levels and improve habitat. How it works Most wetland enhancement work includes small structures built to add water or regulate water levels in an existing wetland. Subsurface and surface drains and tiles are plugged. Concrete and earthen structure ... more.

Pest Management

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

Farm Pond

A pool of water formed by a dam or pit, to supply water for livestock, recreation and wildlife, and to control gully erosion. How it works A typical farm pond is formed by building a dam across an existing gully or low lying area. Earth for the dam is dug out above the dam with heavy machinery to form a bowl. Generally the ponded area fills with water within a year. An overflow pipe is installed through the dam to control the water level and allow water to spill through th ... 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 comparison, done with field-scale equi ... 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 increase? Conservation tillage soybean acres are expected to increase rapidly. Wheat and cotton acres will also increase significantly the next five years. Corn acres are expected to remain steady ... more.

Conservation Tillage

Conservation Tillage Facts What is it? It is a system of crop production with little, if any, tillage. It increases the residue from the crop that remains in the field after harvest through planting. This results in increased natural recycling of crop residues. Used on 38% (109 million acres) of all U.S. cropland (293 million planted acres). Goal is 50% (146 million acres) of the planted cropland in the U.S. by 2004. Where is the use of conservation tillage expected to increase? Conservation tillage soybean acres are expected to increase rapidly. Wheat and cotton acres will also increase significantly the next five years. Corn acres are expected to remain steady ... more.

Wildlife Upland Habitat

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

Demonstrations

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. Agrium's ESN v. Urea Agrium designed ESN®, a polymer coated urea, to slow the release of nitrogen into the environment. This is allows the plant to access nitrogen when it needs it the most... Read more. Application Timing We designed this study to demonstrate the differences in nitrogen rates and yields with different ure ... more.

Nutrient Management

Applying the correct amount, form, and timing of plant nutrients for optimum yield and minimum impact on water quality. How it works After taking a soil test, setting realistic yield goals, and taking credit for contributions from previous years' crops and manure applications, crop nutrient needs are determined. Nutrients are then applied at the proper time by the proper application method. Nutrient sources include animal ... more.

2009 Tour Wrap-Up

The Conservation In Action Tour 2009 was a success! More than 80 people from 15 states joined CTIC in Western Illinois for a one-day tour visiting three farms and three agricultural facilities. We visited with successful farmers who have mastered innovative conservation practices in their profitable operations and we learned about new tools and technologies that make conservation agriculture not only good for the environment but good for the farm’s bottom line. Watch this short video for hig ... more.

Understanding Conservation Tillage Systems Resources

Find 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 nutr ... 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’s almost four 60-hour weeks. 2. Saves fuel Save an average 3.5 gallons an acre or 1,750 gallons on a 500-acre farm. 3. Reduces machinery wear Fewer trips save an estimated $5 per acre on machinery wear and main ... more.

Conservation In Action Tour 2009

Conservation In Action Tour 2009 The Conservation In Action Tour 2009 was a success! More than 80 people from 15 states joined CTIC on July 29 in Western Illinois for a one-day tour visiting three farms and three agricultural facilities. We visited with successful farmers who have mastered innovative conservation practices in their profitable operations and we learned about new tools and technologies that make conservation agriculture not only good for the environment but good for the farm’s bottom line. Watch this short video for highlights fr ... more.

Conservation in Action Tour 2009

The Conservation In Action Tour 2009 was a success! More than 80 people from 15 states joined CTIC in Western Illinois for a one-day tour visiting three farms and three agricultural facilities. We visited with successful farmers who have mastered innovative conservation practices in their profitable operations and we learned about new tools and technologies that make conservation agriculture not only good for the environment but good for the farm’s bottom line. Watch this short video for hig ... more.

Well Protection

... it works The way you handle materials that could contaminate a water supply, and the distance of possible contaminants from a well or other water source, can have a dramatic effect on the quality of drinking water on the farm. For instance, if you typically mix pesticides near the well, your chances of drinking water contamination from pesticides escalates. To protect your well, take an inventory of farming practices like ... more.

Terrace

An earthen embankment around a hillside that stops water flow and stores it or guides it safely off a field. How it works Terraces break long slopes into shorter ones. They usually follow the contour. As water makes its way down a hill, terraces serve as small dams to intercept water and guide it to an outlet. There are two basic types of terraces—storage terraces and gradient terraces. Storage terraces collect water and store it until it can ... more.

Harold Reetz, Foundation for Agronomic Research and International Plant Nutrition Institute

CTIC Member since 1983 We have always looked at CTIC as an important link to agribusinesses outside the fertilizer industry, and to the government agencies and NGOs who participate in CTIC. I believe one of the greatest benefits of our CTIC membership is that the Board meetings and other activities provide a neutral, non-threatening forum for diverse interests to meet and share ideas and concerns. It has provided me and the Foundation for Agronomic Research and the International Plant Nutrition Institute a link to som ... more.

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.  ... 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 s ... more.

Reflecting on 2017

What a year! Reflecting back on 2017 makes us grateful for members like you because you helped make it possible. Here are some of the highlights: Our 2017 Conservation Action Tour drew nearly 200 people from across the country. The tour took place right here in West Lafayette, Indiana and we visited four different farms who are championing conservation agriculture. Thank you to everyone who attended from near and far and who helped support the tour. We continued to provide technical and educational support across the country through workshops and meetings that brought together farmers, researchers, regulators and policymakers. We continued to curate information and track trend ... more.

Ag Consulting Trainings

About the Project Through a collaborative agreement with the US EPA, CTIC will provide leadership and technical support to successfully plan, organize, coordinate, evaluate and share information from five workshops held between 2015 and 2020. These workshops will provide attendees the foundation to target, design, and implement conservation practices for their clients. Practices covered will include in-field nutrient management, drainage water management systems, bioreactors, saturated buffers ... more.

Reflecting on 2017...

What a year! Reflecting back on 2017 makes us grateful for members like you because you helped make it possible. Here are some of the highlights: Our 2017 Conservation Action Tour drew nearly 200 people from across the country. The tour took place right here in West Lafayette, Indiana and we visited four different farms who are championing conservation agriculture. Thank you to everyone who attended from near and far and who helped support the tour. We continued to provide technical and educational support across the country through workshops and meetings that brought together farmers, researchers, regulators and policymakers. We continued to curate information and track trend ... more.

Workshop

Practical Conservation Planning in the Field August 22-23, 2017 Stuttgart Public Library Stuttgard, Arkansas Ph: 870-673-1966 This workshop will provide CCAs and other ag consultants with the foundation to recognize opportunities for reducing their clients’ impact on water quality. The majority of the day will be spent with three speakers—representing industry, agency, and academia—who will lend their expertise to give a complete perspective on a set of edge of field practices. Attendees will also learn about in-field nutrient management ... 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 ... more.

CTIC Exhibits at Ag Media Summit

The annual Ag Media Summit attracts more than 600 ag journalists, and this year CTIC joined the fun. CTIC's 30th Anniversary exhibit at the AMS Info Expo drew many visitors - long-time friends, members also exhibiting and new faces interested to learn what we do and how to get a fun gift bag from our booth. David Crow, founder of DC Legislative and Regulatory Services, Inc. and CTIC member, joined CTIC Executive Director Karen Scanlon at the ... more.

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 f ... more.

Contour Buffer Strip

Strips of grass or legumes in a contoured field, which help trap sediment and nutrients. Similar to stripcropping, but with narrower grass or legume strips. How it works A series of grass strips are placed across the slope on a contour. The alternating strips of grass or other permanent vegetation slow runoff flow, trap sediment from the crop strips above, and increase water infiltration. Because the buffer strip is established on the contour, runoff flows even ... more.

Cover Crop Workshop (August 25, 2009)

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

Grassed Waterway

Shaping and establishing grass in a natural drainage way to prevent gullies from forming. How it works A natural drainage way is graded and shaped to form a smooth, bowl-shaped channel. This area is seeded to sod-forming grasses. Runoff water that flows down the drainage way flows across the grass rather than tearing away soil and forming a larger gully. An outlet is often installed at the base of th ... 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 farm ... more.

What’s happening at CTIC?

2018 Conservation In Action Tour – July 10-11, Eastern Shore of Maryland For 11 years, we've been bringing together people from across the country with different perspectives on conservation agriculture for a front row view of the latest and best management practices. Registration is OPEN!Click hereto register. The designated tour hotel is the Westin of Annapolis. Book your room by June 8 to secure the block rate. The Westin is honoring the bloc ... more.

Soil and Water Conservation Society

CTIC Institutional Gold Member, Soil and Water Conservation Society, has a mission to foster the science and art of natural resource conservation. Their work targets conservation of soil, water, and related natural resources on working land - the land used to produce food, fiber, and other services that improve the quailty of life people experience in rural and urban communities. They work to discover, develop, implement, an ... more.

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

February 18, 2010 8:30 am – 4:00 pm (Central time) Verizon Wireless Center 1 Civic Center Plaza Mankato, Minnesota Commercial fertilizer and livestock manure are recognized assets to agricultural operations. They both contain essential plant nutrients which enhance crop yields when properly applied to soils. Nutrients can be managed efficiently with the latest techniques and technologies, to avoid the potential financial and environmental risks of nitrogen and phosphorus reaching surface and ground water. Learn about research developm ... more.

Contour Farming

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

Research and Technology Briefs Dec 2008

Research & Technology Briefs By Rachel Doctor Midwest Cover Crops Council Web Site Introduced Midwestern farmers wanting to learn more about cover crops now have a central information source where they can easily find practical ways to use them. The Midwest Cover Crops Council (MCCC) recently introduced a Web site as an educational tool to help expand the knowledge compiled since the group's formation two years ago to farmers and others in agricultural-related fields. To read the full article, click here. Visit the MCC Web site, www.mccc.msu.edu/ Ecological Society of America Encourages Ethanol Incentives The United States lacks the standards to ensure producing biofuels from cellulose won't cause damage to the envi ... 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 bodies t ... more.

Filter Strip

A strip of grass, trees or shrubs that filters runoff and removes sediment, fertilizer, and pesticides before they reach water bodies or water sources including wells. How it works Strips of grass, trees and/or shrubs slow water flow and cause contaminants like sediment, pesticides, and fertilizers to collect in vegetation. Collected nutrients are used by the vegetation, rather than entering water supplies. Filtered water then enters water bodie ... more.

Crop Residue Management

Leaving last year's crop residue on the soil surface by limiting tillage. Includes no-till, mulch-till and ridge till. How it works Leaving last year's crop residue on the surface before and during planting operations provides cover for the soil at a critical time of the year. The residue is left on the surface by reducing tillage operations and turning the soil less. Pieces of crop residue shield soil particles from rain and wind until plants can produce a protective canopy. ... more.

Managing Manure and Litter on Animal Feeding Operations with Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plans

CNMPs are very important resources. They provide valuable natural resource management information and help farmers and ranchers comply with water quality regulations. The final EPA regulation for CAFOs and recent public pressure elevate the importance of this NRCS planning assistance. You are encouraged to emphasize this importance and continue to communicate and collaborate with livestock and poultry industry producers and representatives. Contact. Additional copies may be ordered for NRCS off ... more.

Economic and Environmental Benefits of Nutrient Management

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

Timothy J. Healey, Agrotain International, LLC

CTIC Member since 2003 Initially, Agrotain International joined CTIC to be affiliated with an organization that promoted no-till agriculture directly to farmers, to increase name recognition of our products with producers, and to provide product for demonstration purposes in areas where CTIC was promoting no-till agriculture. We win farmers as customers one at a time, and we were hoping that the affiliation with CTIC would give us more opportunity for direct contact with more producers. Heretofore we saw the benefits of our CTIC membership in direct contact with producers, dealers and researchers during the summer ... more.

Renew Your CTIC Membership ...Or Join!

CTIC brings people together to share insight and data on agricultural conservation. Renew Your CTIC Membership ...Or Join! With the conservation title of the next farm bill in the works, farmers finding ways to use conservation practices to cut costs, and consumer pressure on for growers to farm sustainable, CTIC is at the leading edge of a wide rangeof hot topics. This is a perfect time for you and your comp ... more.

2011 Tour Wrap-Up

CTIC welcomed participants from Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Ontario, South Dakota, Washington D.C., and Wisconsin. And more than 15 agribusinesses shared their knowledge, expertise and product information. Rex Martin, CTIC board chair and Syngenta Crop Protection head of industry affairs, shares his thoughts. “This tour really shows the value of CTIC – bringing together a diverse group of people to learn about, talk about and explore new opportunities for conserva ... more.

What’s happening at CTIC?

Don't forget to register AND book your hotel room for the 2018 Conservation In Action Tour! Join us on the Eastern Shore of Maryland on July 10 and 11 for our 11thannual Conservation in Action Tour. For more than a decade, we’ve been bringing together people from across the country with different perspectives on conservation agriculture for a front row view of the latest and best management practices. This year& ... more.

What’s happening at CTIC?

Don't forget to register for the 2018 Conservation In Action Tour! We’d love for you to join us on the Eastern Shore of Maryland on July 10 and 11 for our 11thannual Conservation in Action Tour. For more than a decade, we’ve been bringing together people from across the country with different perspectives on conservation agriculture for a front row view of the latest and best management practices. This year’s theme, “Bringing Back the Bay: Partnerships, Profitable Farms, Clean Water, & Innovativ ... more.

2012 Workshop

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

AG CONSULTANT TRAINING

Target Audience In addition to the memberships of project partners, CTIC will design the workshops with the following groups in mind: - Agricultural retailers - Certified Crop Advisors (CCAs) - Land Improvement Contractors of America (LICA) - Members of Agricultural Drainage Management Coalition (ADMC) - National Alliance of Independent Crop Consultants (NAICC) - NRCS Technical Service Providers (TSPs) - Soil and Water Conservation District staff and engineers Through a collaborative agreement with the US EPA, CTIC will provide leadership and techni ... more.

CTIC at COMMODITY CLASSIC

CTIC celebrates International Year of Soils at 2015 Commodity Classic. Visit CTIC at Commodity Classic booth 918, where Karen Scanlon, CTIC executive director, and Chad Watts, CTIC project director, will discuss: Our multi-state project to document the agronomic and economic benefits of cover crops. The 2015 Conservation in Action Tour in Minnesota, which will feature innovative partnership efforts for conservation farming success. CTIC’s work to track cover crop use and document the benefits of keepi ... more.

WinMax

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

Agrium Advanced Technologies

Agrium is a major retail supplier of agricultural products and services in North and South America and a leading global marketer of agricultural nutrients and industrial products. We produce and market three primary groups of nutrients: nitrogen, phosphate and potash as well as controlled-release fertilizers and micronutrients. Working with growers, industry associations, government and researchers, we strive to ensure nutrients are applied in amounts that ... more.

Wisconsin, Not Just a Dairy Tour! (Aug. 30 - Sept. 1, 2010)

Join us for a bus trip to explore innovative nutrient management practices in Wisconsin. Farmers and their advisors of the Upper Wabash River Basin can register today for Wisconsin, Not Just a Dairy Tour, Aug. 30 – Sept. 1, 2010. Take a dinner cruise on Lake Monona during the "Not Just a Dairy Tour." Photo courtesy of Betty Lou Cruises. Dates August 30, 2010 - September 1, 2010 Open To Agricultural producers and their consultants of the Upper ... more.

Conservation Buffers Fact Sheet

Conservation Buffer Facts Conservation Buffers are small areas or strips of land in vegetation, designed to slow water runoff, provide shelter and stabilize riparian areas. Strategically placed in the agricultural landscape, buffers can effectively mitigate the movement of sediment, nutrients, and pesticides within farm fields. Buffers include: contour buffer strips, field orders, filter strips, windbreaks, and wetlands. A small amount of land in buffers can assi ... more.

Virginia Tech-Geography Dept.

CTIC Institutional Member, the Virginia Tech Geography Department, works to foster an appreciation and understanding of the diversity of Earth's physical and cultural environments, the importance and value of a spacial perspective, and an understanding of the complex interrelationships between peoples and their environments at a variety of scales. Their goal is to provide students with the intellectual and technical skills to synthesize information, become critical thinkers, develop into ... more.

Conservation In Action Tour 2011 A Success

CTIC welcomed participants from Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Ontario, South Dakota, Washington D.C., and Wisconsin. And more than 15 agribusinesses shared their knowledge, expertise and product information. Rex Martin, CTIC board chair and Syngenta Crop Protection head of industry affairs, shares his thoughts. “This tour really shows the value of CTIC – bringing together a diverse group of people to learn about, talk about and explore new opportunities for conserva ... more.

Member Recognition June 2010

CTIC 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 b ... 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 educat ... more.

Water and Sediment Control Basin

... a terrace is impractical; usually part of a terrace system. How it works An embankment is built across a depressional area of concentrated water runoff to act similar to a terrace. It traps sediment and water running off farmland above the structure, preventing it from reaching farmland below. How it helps Basins improve water quality by trapping sediment on uplands and preventing it from reaching water bodies. Structures reduce gully erosion by controlling water flow within a drainage area. Grass cover may provide habitat for wildlife. Planning ahead Will basins be part of an ... more.

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

By Nigel Key, William D. McBride, and Marc Ribaudo Economic Information Bulletin No. (EIB-50) 29 pp, March 2009 In recent years, structural changes in the hog sector, including increased farm size and regional shifts in production, have altered manure management practices. Also, changes to the Clean Water Act, State regulations, and increasing local conflicts over air quality issues, including odor, have influenced manure ... more.

Critical Area Planting

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

Sidedress Phosphorus + MicroEssentials

... nutrients in the Right Place, where crops can use them. A soil test showed a relatively low phosphorus level, so we selected a demonstration of Mosaic’s Micro-Essentials (MESZ) applied as a side-dress (plant nutrients placed on or in the soil near the roots of a growing crop) treatment to provide an additional boost in available phosphorus. MESZ allows uniform nutrient distribution and provides essential nutrients crops need in one granule. It has two forms of sulfur for season-long nutrition. MESZ allows 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 ... more.

2016-2017 Cover Crop Survey

Click here to view the full report of the fifth annual cover crop survey. A big thank you to the USDA's Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program (SARE) and the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA), with help from Penton Media through their Corn and Soybean Digest publication. For results from previous years, please see below. The fifth annual cover crop survey by the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program and the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) draws on the insight of 2,102 f ... more.

2016-2017 Cover Crop Survey

A big thank you to the USDA's Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program (SARE) and the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA), with help from Penton Media through their Corn and Soybean Digest publication. For results from previous years, please see below. The fifth annual cover crop survey by the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program and the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) draws on the insight of 2,102 f ... 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 ... more.

NATIONAL AQUATIC RESOURCES WORKSHOPS

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

NATIONAL AQUATIC RESOURCES WORKSHOPS

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

30th ANNIVERSARY SUMMARY AND PHOTOS

CTIC celebrated its 30th anniversary on October 25, 2012, at Monsanto's facility in Creve Coeur, Mo., with a pair of panel discussions exploring the past, present and future of agricultural conservation. That evening, the organization also held a dinner banquet honoring the visionaries who created, led and supported the organization over the past three decades. “Celebrating CTIC’s 30th anniversary is a perfect opportunity to take stock of the conservation achievements of American agriculture over the last 30 years, trace the path ... more.

CTIC Commemorates 30 Years at SWCS Annual Meeting

CTIC took a party theme to the 67th International Annual Conference of the Soil and Water Conservation Society, titled "Choosing Conservation: Considering Ecology, Economics and Ethics," held July 22-25 in Fort Worth, Texas. Our exhibit stood out with balloons and festive gift bags to celebrate our 30 years of service to agriculture. Karen Scanlon, CTIC executive director, and Chad Watts, CTIC project director, talked w ... more.

Conservation In Action Tour 2010

What is agriculture doing to protect water quality and improve soil health? Find out on CTIC's Conservation in Action Tour 2010. Participants will visit farms and farmers in east central Virginia who have built successful, profitable farming operations through conservation and are providing their community with valuable ecosystem services. Recognizing, supporting and paying for agriculture’s ecosystem services – through government pro ... more.

National Association of Conservation Districts

CTIC Institutional Member, the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD), is the nonprofit organization that represents America’s 3,000 conservation districts and the 17,000 men and women who serve on their governing boards. Conservation districts are local units of government established under state law to carry out natural resource management programs at the local level. Districts work with millions of cooperating landowners and operators to help them manage and protect land and water resources on all private lands and many public lands in the United Sta ... more.

Michigan State University

CTIC Institutional Member, Michigan State University, is one of the top research universities in the world - on one of the biggest, greenest campuses in the nation. Home to nationally ranked and recognized academic, residential college, and service-learning programs, a diverse community of dedicated students and scholars, athletes and artist, scientists and leaders. In ways both practical and profound, they work to create a stronger, more sustainable, and more hopeful future for all. To learn more about Michigan State University, visit www.msu.edu/

Truax Company

CTIC Corporate Member, Truax Company, has been in business in Minneapolis, Minnesota building grass-seeding equipment since 1974. Truax equipment is designed from the top down to effectively meter and plant grass seeds at the required shallow depth. Truax Company utilizes a direct market approach between the manufacturer and the customer for both initial sales and service. This approach has been successful in helping keep customer costs down as well as keeping open a direct line of communication between the manufacturer and the end user. Customers are located in 49 of the 50 US States as well ... more.

Jenner Sales

CTIC Corporate Member, Jenner Sales, has always had a single driving force and that has been to service the application equipment business. Forty-nince years ago, when Jenner Sales began, who would have ever believed application equipment and technology would advance so dramatically, as well as change so rapidly. Technology and equipment has changed a lot over this time, but forty-nine years of servicing customers and making the right technology recomme ... more.

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

As the Conservation Technology Information Center celebrates its 30th anniversary throughout 2012, we will recognize corporate, institutional and individual members for their loyalty and offer our thanks for their years of support. “CTIC 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 Con ... more.

UNDERSTANDING CONSERVATION TILLAGE SYSTEMS

CTIC and Purdue University aim to understand why farmers adopt practices eligible for carbon offset credits.The core research question is: To what degree do non-financial factors, such as how information is presented, shape farmers’ willingness to adopt offset-eligible agricultural practices? Based on recent work in economic, political and agricultural decision-making,the primary hypothe ... more.

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 ... 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 recogn ... 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 ... more.

Countour Strip Cropping

Contour Strip- cropping Crop rotation and contouring combined in equal-width strips of corn or soybeans planted on the contour and alternated with strips of oats, grass or legumes. How it works Crops are arranged so that a strip of meadow or small grain is alternated with a strip of row crop. Not more than half a field can be planted to row crops. Meadow slows runoff, increases infiltration, traps sediment and provides surface cover. ... more.

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

CTIC Member since 2001 Initially, the Delta Conservation Demonstration Center joined CTIC for the exchange of information from different organizations and groups. We are seeing that benefit today. CTIC keeps us informed of opportunities to participate in grants and meetings. This organization is a conduit to share information, and through CTIC, we have the opportunity to share what we are doing with other producers and organizations. The greatest benefits of our CTIC membership, I believe, are receiving the results of surveys conducted by ... more.

Data on Conservation Practices

Since its inception, CTIC has been the go-to source for data on the adoption of conservation practices across the U.S. Though federal support of the popular crop residue management transect survey ended in 2004, scientists, policy makers and marketers have continued to tap CTIC's databases. Now, we're at the forefront of using remote sensing to bring back state, regional and national data on crop residue and cover crop management. Operational Tillage Information System (OpTIS) The Operational Tillage Information System (OpTIS) has been developed by Applied GeoSolutions and CTIC as a method for the automated use of remot ... 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.

2013-2014 Cover Crop Survey

Sustainable Agriculture Resaerch and Education (SARE) program and CTIC conducted a national survey of farmers to learn more about their use of cover crops. More than 1,900 farmers completed the survey, which was a follow-up to a smaller survey in 2012-2013 (see below). Results show a yield boost from the use of cover crops in corn and soybeans, data on the costs of seed and establishment, the challenges and benefits farmers expect f ... more.

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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.

What's Happening at CTIC?

2018 Conservation in Action Tour dates and location Mark your calendars! We are thrilled to announce that our 11th annual Conservation in Action Tour will take place on July 11 and 12 near the beautiful Chesapeake Bay in the Maryland and Washington D.C. area. More information will be announced as it is finalized in the coming months. We're excited to continue bringing together people from across the country with different perspecti ... 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 of CTIC. Read more information about how to become a member. Our last full set of ... more.

2013-2014 Cover Crop Survey

Sustainable Agriculture Resaerch and Education (SARE) program and CTIC conducted a national survey of farmers to learn more about their use of cover crops. More than 1,900 farmers completed the survey, which was a follow-up to a smaller survey in 2012-2013 (see below). Results show a yield boost from the use of cover crops in corn and soybeans, data on the costs of seed and establishment, the challenges and benefits farmers expect f ... more.

Thank you sponsors

... Social John Deere Diamond Bayer CropScience Monsanto Platinum Dow AgroSciences Syngenta The Fertilizer Institute Click hereto see a complete list of 2017 Tour sponsors. Why attend the Tour? This is one of the most well-organized multi-stop tours I've ever been on - I'm hoping to take some of your great ideas and implement them. ~Anonymous, 2016 Tour Participant I loved every second of the tour. Networking and meeting new people, experiencing the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA), learning new facts and being inspired by the passion of the EAA researchers and growers all contributed to making the tour an incredible experience. I am so glad I was able to attend. I am already planning for next year! ... more.

Thank you sponsors

... Social John Deere Diamond Bayer CropScience Monsanto Platinum Dow AgroSciences Syngenta The Fertilizer Institute Click hereto see a complete list of 2017 Tour sponsors. Why attend the Tour? This is one of the most well-organized multi-stop tours I've ever been on - I'm hoping to take some of your great ideas and implement them. ~Anonymous, 2016 Tour Participant I loved every second of the tour. Networking and meeting new people, experiencing the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA), learning new facts and being inspired by the passion of the EAA researchers and growers all contributed to making the tour an incredible experience. I am so glad I was able to attend. I am already planning for next year! ... 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.

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

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

Spring Yield and Silage Characteristics of Kura Clover, Winter Wheat, and in Mixtures

<span style="font-size:11.0pt;line-height:115%;Calibri" ,"sans-serif";times="" new="" roman";times="" roman";"="">Silage has the advantage of reducing weather risks and its adverse effects on the nutritional value of forage (Albrecht and Beauchemin, 2003). Spring Yield and Silage Characteristics of Kura Clover, Winter Wheat, and in Mixtures

The Great Crop Rotation Cover-Up

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

Sidedress Phosphorus + MicroEssentials

... soil test showed a relatively low phosphorus level, so we selected a demonstration of Mosaic’s Micro-Essentials (MESZ) applied as a side-dress (plant nutrients placed on or in the soil near the roots of a growing crop) treatment to provide an additional boost in available phosphorus. MESZ allows uniform nutrient distribution and provides essential nutrients crops need in one granule. It has two forms of sulfur for season-long 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 devo ... 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.

Tree Planting

Establishing trees in areas adapted to woodlands. How it works A variety of desired tree species, either seedlings or seeds, are planted mechanically or by hand in understocked woodlands or open fields. Tree species are matched with soil types and selected to preve ... 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 hel ... more.

Grade Control Structure

Earthen, wooden, metal, concrete or other structure built across a drainageway to prevent gully erosion. How it works A dam, embankment or other structure built across a grassed waterway or existing gully controls and reduces water flow. The structure drops water from one stabilized grade to another and prevents overfall gullies from advancing up a slope. How it helps Grade control structures are often used at the outlet of a grassed waterway to stabilize the waterway outlet, preventing gully erosion. Grassed, non-eroding waterways made possible with a grade control structure give better water qualit ... 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.

What's New at CTIC

What's Newat CTIC 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. Create custom summaries and view statitics using the CRM Survey Summary. Read more » CTIC's Current Projects CTIC and its partners lead projects at the local, regional, and national level to address agriculture’s pressing conservation needs. Each project includes public and private sector partners, shares information about new technology and ... more.

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

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

CTIC News

CTIC News CTIC Board of Directors Winter 2010 Meeting Feb. 3, 2010 Hilton on the Disney Resort in Orlando, Florida This meeting is held during the NACD Annual meeting (same location). For more information about the NACD meeting, click here. Visit the CTIC web site soon for more details about the Board meeting. Same Web Site – Two Ways to Get There CTIC recently had the opportunity to purchase CTIC.org as a domain name. The CTIC web site can be reached at www.ctic.org and www.conser ... more.

Demonstration: Nitrogen Application Timing

... the Right Rate of fertilizer to meet crop needs. Costs of inputs make it important to provide enough N so the crop is never deficient. For greatest efficiency, N should be applied close to the time it will be used by the crop. This demonstration compares 3 different application times: Fall Application Spring Application Split Application---½ applied in Fall and ½ applied in Spring A second demonstration compares the full recommended N rate with a reduced rate (85% of recommended rate) using a controlled-release source, ESN®. ESN® controlled-release technology delivers N to the crop all season long, not just when it's applied, allowing the crop to reach full genetic potential. The unique polymer coating helps prevent against al ... more.

Ecological Challenges

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

Sponsorship Details

Join Us in Celebrating Our 10th Conservation in Action Tour! Now is the time to sign on as a sponsor of CTIC's 2017 Conservation in Action Tour and position your company as a leader in conservation farming. Contact Chad Watts atwatts@ctic.orgor call 765-494-9555 for sponsorship details.(Click on the chart below to download a sponsorship flyer.) Tour sponsors receive: National recognition and exposure; Interaction with 200 tour participants, including policy makers, government agency representati ... more.

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

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

The Mosaic Company

The Mosaic Company's mission is to help the world grow the food it needs. As the world's largest supplier of phosphate and potash, we consider this mission to be a compelling one that carries vast responsibilities. From water conservation and energy efficiency to stringent safety programs and community investment, sustainability is embedded in virtually everything we do. We believe that lasting success comes from making smart choices about our stewardship of the environment, how we engage our people, and how we man ... more.

Nitrogen Application Timing

... needs. Costs of inputs make it important to provide enough N so the crop is never deficient. For greatest efficiency, N should be applied close to the time it will be used by the crop. This demonstration compares 3 different application times: Fall Application Spring Application Split Application---½ applied in Fall and ½ applied in Spring A second demonstration compares the full recommended N rate with a reduced rate (85% of recommended rate) using a controlled-release source, ESN®. ESN® controlled-release technology delivers N to the crop all season long, not just when it's applied, allowing the crop to reach full genetic potential. The unique polymer co ... more.

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 ... more.

CTIC

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

The Proceedings of the Conservation Agriculture Carbon Offset Consultation

Conservation Agriculture Carbon Offset Consultation This CD contains materials prepared for the Conservation Agriculture Carbon Offset Consultation, presented by CTIC and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations on Oct. 28-30, 2008. Included are: agenda, welcome letter from U.S. Senator Richard Lugar, presentations and full papers by invited experts, speaker biographies and additional materials. The issue statement and action framework developed by Consultation delegates are also included.

Splash

Splash! An interactive computer game that delivers information on non-point source pollution in a fast-paced and entertaining format. Appealing for audiences of all ages, it teaches fundamental concepts about non-point source pollution prevention measures in a farm, city, and neighborhood setting. Point and click screens that move and have sound help players learn how day-to-day decisions can affect the water quality of lakes and streams.

American Society of Agronomy

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

The Flatwater Group

CTIC Corporate Member, The Flatwater Group (TFG), specializes in restoration design, water resources, planning, and environmental engineering. TFG was founded and organized on the principles of flexible client services coupled with creative solutions, and we strive to produce a successful product not just for their clients, but with their clients. The quality of TFG's professional services is excellent and their status under management ownership has brought an unequalled level of effort and com ... more.

Cotton Incorporated

CTIC Corporate Member, Cotton Incorporated, funded by U.S. growers of upland cotton and importers of cotton and cotton textile products, is the research and marketing company representing upland cotton. The Program is designed and operated to improve the demand for and profitability of cotton. To learn more about Cotton Incorporated, visit www.cottoninc.com

Crop Rotation - Core 4

Crop Rotation Crop Rotation is changing the crops grown in a field, from year to year. How it works Crops are changed year by year in a planned sequence. Crop rotation is a common practice on sloping soils because of its potential for soil saving. Rotation also reduces fertilizer needs, because alfalfa and other legumes replace some of the nitrogen corn and other grain crops remove. How it helps Pesticide costs may be reduced by naturally breaking the cycles of weeds, insects and diseases. Grass and legumes in a rotation protect water quality by preventing excess nutrients or chemicals from entering water supplies. Meadow or small grains cut soil erosion dramatically. Crop rota ... more.

Diversion

Earthen embankment similar to a terrace that directs runoff water from a specific area. How it works A diversion is much like a terrace, but its purpose is to direct or divert runoff water from an area. A diversion is often built at the base of a slope to divert runoff away from bottom lands. A diversion may also be used to divert runoff flows away from a feedlot, or to collect and direct water to a pond. How it helps Reduces soil erosion on lowlands by catching runoff water and preventing it from reaching farmland below. Vegetation in the diversion channel filters runoff water, improving water quality. Vegetation provides cover for small birds and animals. Allows bett ... 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.

Animal Waste Management Software Training Video

Design of manure storage and treatment facilities requires an understanding of the operation involved in food animal production and engineering design principles. It also requires access to manure production data, as well as reporting and presentation software to put it all together. The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service created the Animal Waste Management computer program to bring all of these features together. ... more.

Cover Crop

A close-growing crop that temporarily protects the soil when crop residues are not adequate. How it works Crops including cereal rye, oats, clover, hairy vetch, and winter wheat are planted to temporarily protect the ground from wind and water erosion during times when cropland isn't adequately protected against soil erosion. How it helps Cover crops keep ground covered, add organic matter to the soil, trap nutrients, improve soil tilth and reduce weed competition. Planning ahead Do you have a seeding method that won't harm standing c ... 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 ... more.

Dave Gustafson Steps In As Interim Executive Director

With the departure of chad Watts, former CTIC board member Dave Gustafson has spent the past few months supporting the organization as interim executive director. Helping guide the day-to-day operations of the office as well as the strategic direction of the organization, Dave and the board have provided steady leadership as CTIC positions itself for even greater impact. With a PhD in chemical engineering and three decades of experience as an environmental scientist in the crop protection industry - including tenure at Monsanto, which he represented on CTIC's board - Dave has also served on variousgovernmental and civil society efforts fo ... more.

Application Timing

We designed this study to demonstrate the differences in nitrogen rates and yields with different urea application times. Spring timing gave the best return to nitrogen dollars spent. Fall had the worst return and lowest yield. 2011 weather patterns favored spring application. Conditions resulted in especially high potential nitrogen losses during the winter and early spring. Take Home Lessons: Spring nitrogen application resulted in the highest yields. Spr ... more.

Helping People, Land and Water: The Cover Crop Story

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

2012-2013 Cover Crop Survey

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

Current Members

Our members renew again and again; they realize the many important benefits, directly and indirectly, of CTIC's work. They earn national recognition, and show the public their commitment to agricultural conservation. Many members partner on our projects, supporting CTIC with technical information and assistance. View our current CTIC members by selecting from the tabs below. Corporate Members Instit ... more.

2012-2013 Cover Crop Survey

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

2010 NLA Workshop

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

May 1 and May 2, 2014

Cincinnati, Ohio This training was co-located with the National Water 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.

John Deere

Safeguarding the environment is nothing new to John Deere - being green is in our blood. We know that responsible resource management is vital to our company, our employees, our customers, our neighbors and our world. John Deere works tirelessly to develop and offer products that are sound and sensible, efficient and effective.

Syngenta

Syngenta's ambition is to bring greater food security in an environmentally sustainable way to an increasingly populous world by creating a worldwide step-change in farm productivity. Through deploying world-class science, we aim to transform the way crops are grown and look beyond yield. Conservation is a key part of that step-change. Syngenta is a long-time supporter of CTIC and the Center's efforts to study and advocate conservation farming in the Mississippi River Basin, across the U.S. and worldwide.

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.

SWCS ANNUAL CONFERENCE

The Soil and Water Conservation Society will hold their 67th annual conference in Fort Worth, Texas from July 22-25, 2012. This year's conference theme is "Choosing Conservation: Considering Ecology, Economics and Ethics" and will feature presentations, workshops, symposia, and technical tours to facilitate the sharing of resource conservation knowledge. In honor of our 30th anniversary ce ... more.

CTIC BOARD MEETING JAN. 30

The CTIC Board of Directors will meet Jan. 30, 2013, in San Antonio, Texas, for its Winter 2013 meeting. In addition to discussing the 2013 Conservation In Action Tour, the Board will evaluate current projects, track progress on the strategic plan and review the FY2012 audit. CTIC Members will elect new officers and directors as well. WHEN: Jan. 30, 2013, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. WHERE: Marriott Rivercenter Hotel in San Antonio, Texas Meeting Room CR 17/18 7 ... more.

CONSERVATION TILLAGE SYSTEMS

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

CTIC FEATURED ON AG DAY

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

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 changes as we overcome obstacles in soil opening, seed place ... more.

The Living Landscape

The Living Landscape An interactive computer game that takes learners of all ages through various best management and conservation practices to turn a rundown farm and landscape into an environmental showplace! Point and click on various areas of the farm to answer related multiple choice questions. With each correct answer the farm scape changes to show the improvement made (complete with sound effects!). ... more.

America's Wetlands - Our Vital Link Between Land and Water

This full-color publication defines a wetland, describes the role of wetlands, wetlands protection, and status and trends associated with wetlands. Developed and published by the US Environmental Protection Agency.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

www.nrel.gov The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is the nation's primary laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development (R&D). NREL's mission and strategy are focused on advancing the U.S. Department of Energy's and our nation's energy goals.

Delta Institute

www.delta-institute.org For over a decade, Delta has helped individuals, organizations and communities demonstrate that building better economies and reforming our relationship with the environment go hand in hand. Delta creates, funds and implements programs that promote a healthy environment, a strong economy and thriving, vibrant communities.

National Pork Board

CTIC Institutional Member, the National Pork Board, has a mission to provide the scientific support for identifying and addressing issues affecting the health, safety and quality of the pork industry’s animals, products or people. Broad areas of responsibility include pork quality, environment, food safety, swine health, animal welfare and producer health and safety. To learn more about the National Pork Board, visit www.pork.org

Iowa Farm Bureau Federation

CTIC Institutional Member, the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, is a membership base of Iowans who take pride in their accomplishments. From the farm fields to cities, there is a consistent work ethic that improves Iowa each and every day. The Iowa Farm Bureau is proud to support Iowa's progress and their members. And it's this mixture of people, progress and pride that drives the Iowa Farm Bureau in its goal to make their state the best that it can be for everyone. To learn more about the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, visit www.iowafarmbureau.com.

International Plant Nutrition Institute

CTIC Institutional Member, the International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI), is a new not-for-profit organization dedicated to responsible management of plant nutrients - N, P, K, secondary nutrients, and micronutrients - for the benefit of the human family. As world population and demand for food, fuel, feed, and fiber continue to increase, there is also a growing need for knowledge and information based on sound science. That's where IPNI comes in. To learn more about the International Plant Nutrition Institute, visit www.ipni.net

National Farmers Union

CTIC Institutional Bronze Member, the National Farmers Union, was founded in 1902 in Point, Texas, to help the family farmer address profitability issues and monopolistic practices. NFU has been working since 1902 to protect and enhance the economic well-being and quality of life for family farmers, ranchers and rural communities through advocating grassroots-driven policy positions adopted by its membership. To learn more about the National Farmers Union, visit www.nfu.org.

The Fertilizer Institute

CTIC Institutional Gold Member, The Fertilizer Institute (TFI), is the leading voice in the fertilizer industry, representing the public policy, communication and statistical needs of producers, manufacturers, retailers and transporters of fertilizer. Issues of interest to TFI members include security, international trade, energy, transportation, the environment, worker health and safety, farm bill and conservation programs to promote the use of enhanced efficiency fertilizer. To learn more about The Fertilizer Institute, visit www.tfi.org

Environmental Resources Coalition

CTIC Institutional Gold Member, Environmental Resources Coalition (ERC), believes that it's possible for government, private industry, and citizen stakeholder groups to work together. They understand that when it comes to water protection efforts, one size does not fit all. Successful groups will use sound science, common sense and have an appreciation for the cause and effect relationships between economics, the environment and politics. To learn more about Environmental Resources Coalition, visit www.erc-env.org/ ... more.

Agrium

CTIC Corporate Member, Agrium Inc., is a major retail supplier of agricultural products and services in North and South America, a leading global wholesale producer and marketer of all three major agricultural nutrients and the premier supplier of specialty fertilizers in North America through their Advanced Technologies business unit. To learn more about Agrium, visit www.agrium.com.

DC Legislative & Regulatory Services

CTIC Corporate Member, DC Legislative & Regulatory Services, Inc. (DCLRS), is a Washington, D.C.-based government relations firm specializing in energy, environment, appropriations, small business and corporate issues. Established in 1991, the firm's staff members bring several decades of combined legislative and regulatory experience to address clients' needs. DCLRS is unique among consulting firms because they advocate before both the executive and legislative branches. Hence, they have broad-based, bi-partisan relationships with members of Congress and their staff members as well as ... more.

The Mosaic Company

CTIC Gold Corporate Member, Mosaic, is the world's leading producer and marketer of comcentrated phosphate and potash, two of the primary nutrients required to grow the food the world needs. Their business engages in every phase of crop nutrition development, from the mining of resources to the production of crop nutrients, feed and industrial products for customers around the globe. Their customer base includes wholesalers, retail dealers, and individual ... more.

2011 TOUR DISCOUNT DEADLINE EXTENDED

The early discount deadline has been extended to July 14! Join CTIC for its annual Conservation In Action Tour 2011. This year’s Tour will focus on agriculture’s influence on the environmental and economic health of Maumee River and Bay, as well as Lake Erie. WHEN: August 9, 2011 WHERE: Northwest Ohio WHAT: The Tour will highlight producers implementing innovative conservation practices and solutions to water quality issues. "Early Bird" registration for the Conservation In Action Tour 2011 is now open! Clic ... more.

UPSTREAM HEROES

CTIC's Upstream Heroes campaignfeatures success stories about farmers who have developed and adopted sound nutrient efficiency strategies - protecting their bottom lines as well as local and downstream water quality. Positive stories can highlight agriculture's role in contributing to water quality solutions, such as thoseassociated with high nutrient loads in the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico hypoxic zone. National agriculture and general media sources ... more.

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 Management Corn and ... more.

Cover Crop Workshops

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

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

Conference Presentations from Feb. 18, 2010 Phosphorus Management - Dr. Albert Sims, University of Minnesota Agriculture and the Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia Issue - Dr. C.S. Snyder, International Plant Nutrition Institute On-Farm Evaluation 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 ... 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. ... more.

Small Community Wastewater Education Workshop (October 22, 2009)

Providing community leaders with the tools to research and adopt a viable solution for the treatment of wastewater within their community. October 22 - Mankato, Minnesota CTIC hosted a one day workshop on October 22, 2009 to help small communities learn how to solve their wastewater problems that they are facing. The workshop which was co sponsored by the University of Minnesota Extension, and the Environment ... more.

Date and Location Set for 2009 Conservation in Action Tour

The Conservation In Action Tour 2008, July 17, 2008, was held in central Indiana, making five stops at locations leading agriculture in their conservaiton efforts. Date and Location Set for 2009 Conservation in Action Tour By Rachel Doctor The 2008 Conservation in Action Tour was a great success. Nearly 100 members and partners attended to see the latest conservation practices of five farms in central Indiana. The photos below show highlights of the tour. We hope you will join us again in 2009. Mark ... 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.

Indiana Best Management Practices Survey

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

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

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 Biotechnology, a thorough exploration of the environmental benefits of biot ... more.

Brian Lindley, No-Till on the Plains, Inc.

CTIC Member Since 2001 Initially, No-Till on the Plains, Inc., joined CTIC for the information exchange, networking and notification of pertinent meetings. I believe these have been great benefits of our membership. In addition, I enjoy and utilize the articles and research and technology information found in CTIC’s online magazine, Partners. The benefits far exceed the cost of membership in CTIC. What a beneficial organization to those of us who really need you!

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.

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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 bec ... more.

Membership Levels and Pricing

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OpTIS: Where Technology Drives Conservation Results

The global population is estimated to exceed 9 billion people by 2050, placing unprecedented pressure on American farmers to grow even more of the crops that clothe, fuel and feed the world. One way to help alleviate this pressure is to significantly improvesoil healthon cropland. By adopting practices like planting winter cover crops and reducing—or better yet eliminating—tillage practices, farmers can significantly improve productivity of their fields, reduce soil erosion, improve water quality and increase carbon storage. In f ... more.

SUPERU®

SUPERU®, a urea based product, contains urease and denitrification inhibitors within the fertilizer granule. Koch Agronomic Services created SUPERU® to increase crops’ nitrogen uptake and efficiency. We designed this trial to determine the Most Economical Rate of Nitrogen (MERN) and to compare spring, surface applied urea verses spring applied SUPERU®. SUPERU® showed the highest agronomic efficiency of all the products ... more.

SUPERU®

SUPERU®, a urea based product, contains urease and denitrification inhibitors within the fertilizer granule. Koch Agronomic Services created SUPERU® to increase crops’ nitrogen uptake and efficiency. We designed this trial to determine the Most Economical Rate of Nitrogen (MERN) and to compare spring, surface applied urea verses spring applied SUPERU®. SUPERU® showed the highest agronomic efficiency of all the products ... more.

National Aquatic Resources Workshops

In 2010, EPA granted funds to CTIC for five years to plan and facilitate aquatic resource monitoring training workshops for states, tribes and other stakeholders. Since then, CTIC has been awarded a grant to conduct these workshops until 2020. CTIC will continue to enhance collaboration, communication, coordination and technology transfer among the more than 800 professionals attending the workshops.

SARE/CTIC Cover Crop Surveys

Cover crops offer a wide range of benefits to farmers, from erosion control to soil building to capturing nutrients and holding them in the root zone over the winter. As interest in cover crops continues to grow, it’s important to understand the trends, opportunities and challenges surrounding these important tools. Insight from farmers who use cover crops—or from those who haven’t yet made the move—is vital for fellow farmers, as well as for crop advisors, conservation specialists and poli ... more.

TAKE CTIC'S NEW SURVEYS ON CROPPING DECISIONS

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

CTIC SEEKS NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Are you an experienced leader and manager who can step into a vibrant organization with a dedicated staff and diverse lineup of projects and programs? Applications due by March 9. More...

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

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

Mixtures and cocktails: Soil is meant to be covered

Penn State University, University of Maryland, and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service have all been testing various soil parameters on the Cedar Meadow Farm. Groff, Steve. 2008. Mixtures and cocktails: Soil is meant to be covered. J. Soil Water Conserv. 63(4):110A-111A.

The gap between cover crop knowledge and practice

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

A decade of advances in cover crops

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

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

Cover cropping impacts soil properties in many positive ways. These include higher total carbon, which usually contributes to increased cation exchange capacity and water-holding capacity. <span style="font-size:11.0pt;line-height:115%;Calibri" ,"sans-serif";times="" new="" roman";times="" roman";"="">Biological and biochemical soil properties in no-till corn with different cover crops.

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.

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.

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

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

Glyphosate, Weeds and Crops: Understanding Glyphosate to Increase Performance

This publication examines the factors that affect glyphosate performance and offers management strategies to minimize fluctuations in its effectiveness. The Glyphosate, Weeds, and Crops Series: Understanding Glyphosate To Increase Performance

New Leader

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

Livingston County Soil and Water Conservation District

Provides local technical assistance, contact with area producers and guidance for project outreach and growth.

SAVE THE DATE!

CTIC is having a party and you're invited! Join us on October 25, 2012 in St. Louis, MO, to help celebrate 30 years of conservation success and look at opportunities for continued growth. The October 25 celebration will be held at the Monsanto facilities in St. Louis will feature tours, panel discussions, an evening banquet and plenty of birthday cake.

Application Timing

We designed this study to demonstrate the differences in nitrogen rates and yields with different urea application times. Spring timing gave the best return to nitrogen dollars spent. Fall had the worst return and lowest yield. 2011 weather patterns favored spring application. Conditions resulted in especially high potential nitrogen losses during the winter and early spring.

SUPERU

SUPERU®, a urea based product, contains urease and denitrification inhibitors within the fertilizer granule. Koch Agronomic Services created SUPERU® to increase crops’ nitrogen uptake and efficiency. We designed this trial to determine the Most Economical Rate of Nitrogen (MERN) and to compare spring, surface applied urea verses spring applied SUPERU®. SUPERU® showed the highest agronomi ... more.

USDA Natural Resources Credit Trading Reference

USDA Natural Resources Credit Trading Reference Credit trading guide for conservation specialists. Learn the basics of credit trading; the features of an efficient environmental market; how to form efficent and effective markets; how credit trading integrates with federal, state and privately supported conservation programs; and how to make environmental credit markets work effectively in agriculture.

Iowa Manure Management Action Group (IMMAG)

The goal of IMMAG is to identify and share manure management information and educational programs, which can be used by producers, technical agencies, educational institutions, researchers, and the general public.

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.

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.

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 ... more.

South Carolina's Confined Animal Manure Manager website

The Confined Animal Manure Manager (CAMM) program team consists of agents and specialists with Clemson University, the Clemson Extension Service, the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control, and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. The team was assembled in 1998 to comply with State Regulation R.61-43, which states: 100.190.A An operator of a new or existing swine facility, lagoon, manure storage pond, or manure utilization area shall complete a ... more.

Manure Management Planner - Purdue University Department of Agronomy

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

4R NUTRIENT STEWARDSHIP

The Conservation Technology Information Center, through its partnership with The Fertilizer Institute (TFI), the national trade association representing the U.S. fertilizer industry, has joined a national effort to promote 4R nutrient stewardship. In March, TFI launched a new website, www.nutrientstewardship.com, to showcase supportive resources and educational tools for the 4R nut rient stewardship concept which promotes the use of the right fertilizer source, at the right rate, right time and in the right place. CTIC has joined the Institute’s effort by becoming what is known as a 4R supporter.Learn more about the 4Rs and CTIC’s involvement with the initiative by visiting www.nutrientstewardship.com.

Oregon Ryegrass Growers Seed Commission

CTIC Institutional Member, the Oregon Ryegrass Growers Seed Commision, was formed by growers in 1965 for the purpose of promoting Oregon-grown Ryegrass seed use and developing new domestic and international markets. It also contributes funds for continuing production and market research of Ryegrass. The Commission is a non-profit organization which neither sells seed nor quotes prices. To learn more about the Oregon Ryegrass Growers Seed Commision, visit www.ryegrass.com

Illinois Soybean Association

CTIC Institutional Member, the Illinois Soybean Association, is the statewide organization for Illinois soybean farmers. The farmers on its board administer soybean checkoff funds to support research, promotion, and educational programs designed to increase demand for Illinois soybeans and administer legislative and membership programs. To learn more about the Illinois Soybean Association, visit www.ilsoy.org/

Association of Equipment Manufacturers

CTIC Institutional Member, the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), is a trade association that provides services on a global basis for companies that manufacture equipment, products and services used worldwide in the following industries: Agriculture, Construction, Forestry, Mining, and Utility. AEM's membership is made up of more than 750 companies and represents 200+ product lines. To learn more about the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, visit www.aem.org.

Calmer Corn Heads

CTIC Corporate Member, Calmer Corn Heads, is one of the world's largest manufacturers of 15 and 20-inch row corn heads. In 1994, Calmer's Ag Research Center determined that there was a significant yield advantage to growing corn in 15-inch rows instead of 30-inch rows. They have done extensive testing with Case IH and Deere & Company on these new concepts. Today, Calmer Corn Heads are noted for low trash intake, lighter in weight, lower horsepower requirements, and ... more.

Agrotain International

www.agrotain.com AGROTAIN International is a subsidiary of Lange-Stegmann, a leading supplier of agricultural and turf care products. Formed in July 2000, they manufacture, market and distribute proprietary nitrogen sources utilizing AGROTAIN technology and a nitrification inhibitor to stabilize urea nitrogen, the most widely used nitrogen fertilizer products in the world.

South Carolina's Confined Animal Manure Manager website

The Confined Animal Manure Manager (CAMM) program team consists of agents and specialists with Clemson University, the Clemson Extension Service, the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control, and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. The team was assembled in 1998 to comply with State Regulation R.61-43, which states: 100.190.A An operator of a new or existing swine facility, lagoon, manure storage pond, or manure utilization area shall complete a ... more.

Wildlife Food Plot

Establishing a variety of plants that furnish food for wildlife. How it works Food plots may be established either within an existing crop field or in a separate location. You may simply leave four rows of corn or other crops standing after harvest to provide food for wildlife over the winter. Or you may plant a small plot elsewhere. These plots help wildlife through the winter when food supplies are in short supply. How it helps Standing crops with unharvested grain give food to wildlife that may otherwise not be accessible after heavy snows or ice. A food plot helps maintain wildlife on your farm by providing ... more.

Components of a IPM Plan

Components of a Plan Know your pests Today, we are armed with improved controls of weeds, insects and diseases. The arsenal of management strategies available allows for better control with less environmental risk. Know your action thresholds Just the presence of weeds or pests doesn’t justify the application of a control measure. The weed and pest pressure must be a threat to reduce yields or quality enough to make sense. This level of pressure to justify a control measure is calle ... more.

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

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

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 assistance. Mission, Goals and Contact Information http://colonialswcd.vaswcd.org

Nitrogen Cycling and Cover Crops

Corn and Soybean Digest, June 2018

OpTIS: Plot Study and Next Step

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

2013 Tour Wrap-Up

The 2013 tour had record attendance! On July 10, over 270 people from 20 states visited the Indian Creek Watershed in Livingston County, Ill. to learn about soil health, nutrient management and drainage water management. Celebrating the theme of Community 4 Conservation, tour participants heard from speakers with experience in several aspects of conservation, such as building soil health, efficiently managing nutrients and controlling the water that drains from fields. Tour high points: ... more.

Let's Do the Math onCover Crops

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

2015-2016 Cover Crop Survey

Insight from 2,020 farmers from across the country found that the planted acreage of cover crops continued its steady rise - reaching an average of 298 acres per farm in 2015 and projected to grow to a mean of 339 acres in 2016. Those figures are more than double the acreage survey participants said they planted in 2011. After cover crops, corn yields rose an average 3.4 bushels per acre, or 1.9 percent, after cover crops, and soybean yields increased 1.5 bushels per acre, or 2.8 percent. Analysis of the survey data revealed that yield increases rose to 8.3 bushels per ... more.

What are CTIC members up to?

... Across Latitudes SSSA International Soils Meeting January 6-9, 2019 | San Diego, CA |www.sacmeetings.org ·SWCS Meeting International Annual Meeting July 29 – August 1, 2018 – Albuquerque, NM ·NACD Meeting NACD Annual Meeting, January 27-31, 2018 – Nashville, TN If you have an event coming up, please contact Abbey Nickel and we’ll get it on the CTIC Calendar and in future Member Mails.

What are CTIC members up to?

... Annual Meeting November 4-7 | Baltimore, MD |https://acsmeetings.org/ Soils Across Latitudes SSSA International Soils Meeting January 6-9, 2019 | San Diego, CA |https://sacmeetings.org/ ·SWCS Meeting International Annual Meeting July 29 – August 1, 2018 – Albuquerque, NM If you have an event coming up, please contact Abbey Nickel and we’ll get it on the CTIC Calendar and in future Member Mails.

Join the conservation community!

CTIC members play a critical role when it comes to spreading and championing the message of conservation agriculture. Keep growing and learning with us by renewing your CTIC membership!To renew, please email Crystal Hatfield at hatfield@ctic.org or call 765-494-9555.

What are CTIC members up to?

... Annual Meeting November 4-7 | Baltimore, MD |https://acsmeetings.org/ Soils Across Latitudes SSSA International Soils Meeting January 6-9, 2019 | San Diego, CA |https://sacmeetings.org/ ·SWCS Meeting International Annual Meeting July 29 – August 1, 2018 – Albuquerque, NM If you have an event coming up, please contact Abbey Nickel and we’ll get it on the CTIC Calendar and in future Member Mails.

What are CTIC Members up to?

... Across Latitudes SSSA International Soils Meeting January 6-9, 2019 | San Diego, CA |www.sacmeetings.org SWCS Meeting International Annual Meeting July 29 - August 1, 2018 - Albuquerque, NM NACD Meeting NACD Annual Meeting, January 27-31, 2018 - Nashville, TN If you have an event coming up, please contact Abbey Nickel and we'll get it on the CTIC Calendar and in future Member Mails.

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

2015-2016 Cover Crop Survey

Insight from 2,020 farmers from across the country found that the planted acreage of cover crops continued its steady rise - reaching an average of 298 acres per farm in 2015 and projected to grow to a mean of 339 acres in 2016. Those figures are more than double the acreage survey participants said they planted in 2011. After cover crops, corn yields rose an average 3.4 bushels per acre, or 1.9 percent, after cover crops, and soybean yields increased 1.5 bushels per acre, or 2.8 percent. Analysis of the survey data revealed that yield increases rose to 8.3 bushels per ... more.

Key Practices

Terry and Troy Lenssen of Lenssen Dairy in Lynden, Washington, safeguard water quality in a variety of ways, including: The Application Risk Management tool from Whatcom Conservation District, which puts their information through an algorithm to determine the risk of a manure application during the wet winter or early spring. Risk analysis, conducted with their local conservation district. “ ... more.

Registration

Registration Registration is officially closed. However, there are few seats still available. Contact Crystal Hatfield, 765-494-9555. Join us on September 5-6, 2017, in Indiana. Registration includes: September 5 Evening Social appetizers and drinks September 6 snacks, bus transportation, breakfast, lunch and supper

FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Keep up-to-date on all the latest CTIC news and information by liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter.

Take our SARE/CTIC Cover Crop Survey

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

NEW COVER CROP SURVEY SHOWS YIELD BOOST

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

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)

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.

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

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

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

In different studies conducted during the last 10 years, underground well water NO3−-N concentrations have been found to exceed drinking water standards of 10 mg NO3−-N L−1 (10 ppm) for some areas of the San Luis Valley of south central Colorado. <span style="font-size:11.0pt;line-height:115%;Calibri" ,"sans-serif";times="" new="" roman";times="" roman";"="">Sequential NLEAP simulations to examine effect of early and late planted winter cover crops ... more.

Illinois Soybean Association Sustainability Email List

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

Manure Spill Response Video

Click here to see a 20-minute video produced by Illinois, Wisconsin, and Michigan State Extension highlighting legal, environmental, planning, and prevention issues of manure spills. Also available in Spanish.

Manure Spill Response Video

Click here to see a 20-minute video produced by Illinois, Wisconsin, and Michigan State Extension highlighting legal, environmental, planning, and prevention issues of manure spills. Also available in Spanish.

Manure Spill Response Video

Click here to see a 20-minute video produced by Illinois, Wisconsin, and Michigan State Extension highlighting legal, environmental, planning, and prevention issues of manure spills. Also available in Spanish.

MIDWEST SOIL IMPROVEMENT SYMPOSIUM

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

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.

Illinois Corn Marketing Board

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

Wetlands: A More Profitable Alternative?

Wetlands: A More Profitable Alternative? CTIC tells the story of 10 operations around the country that have restored wetlands on their agricultural property... and have reaped environmental and economic benefits.

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.

Livestock Manure Management Guide - The Ohio State University Extension

The purpose of this Ohio Livestock Manure Management Guide is to help farmers utilize manure as a resource while at the same time protecting our shared environment. A guiding principal for the writers of this edition of Bulletin 604 was to address the needs of both large and small livestock producers. This updated edition contains new and expanded sections.

The Nature Conservancy

CTIC Institutional Member, The Nature Conservancy, is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. To learn more about The Nature Conservancy, visit www.nature.org

National Corn Growers Association

CTIC Institutional Member, the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), is the largest trade organization in the United States representing corn growers. Since its inception the NCGA has successfully represented corn growers, throughout the entire corn industry, the U.S. government, and consumers and throughout the world. To learn more about the National Corn Growers Association, visit www.ncga.com.

Indiana Corn Marketing Council

CTIC Institutional Member, Indiana Corn, creates value for Indiana farmers through research, promotion, market development, and education. First established in 2001, the Indiana Corn Marketing Council (ICMC) is made up of 17 farmer-directors and is charged with overseeing the investment of state corn checkoff funds. To learn more about the Indiana Corn Marketing Council, visit www.incorn.org

Environmental Defense Fund

CTIC Institutional Member, the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), is a leading national nonprofit organization representing more than 700,000 members. Since 1967, EDF has linked science, economics and law to creat innovative, equitable and cost-effective solutions to society's most urgent environmental problems. EDF is dedicated to protecting the environmental rights of all people, including future generations. To learn more about the Environmental Defense Fund, visit www.edf.org/home.cfm

Agricultural Retailers Association

CTIC Institutional Bronze Member, Agricultural Retailers Association, serves as the ag retail and distribution industry's voice. The Agricultural Retailers Association advocates before Congress and the Executive Branch to ensure a profitable business environment for members. To learn more about the Agricultural Retailers Association, visit www.aradc.org

CropLife America

CTIC Institutional Gold Member, CropLife America, is the national trade organization representing the nation's developers, manufacturers, formulators and distributors of plant science solutions for agriculture and pest management in the U.S. To find out more about CropLife America, visit www.croplifeamerica.org

Bayer CropScience

CTIC Bronze Corporate Member, Bayer CropScience, has a vision to be a leading partner in providing innovative products and combined solutions for the production of quality food, feed and fiber to meet the global challenges of tomorrow. To learn more about Bayer CropScience, visit www.bayercropscience.com.

Syngenta

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

Winter 2011 CTIC Board of Directors

The Winter 2011 CTIC Board of Directors meeting will take place Feb. 2, 2011, at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn. During this meeting, CTIC will elect Directors and Officers to the CTIC Board of Directors. All paid CTIC members are encouraged to vote, however, you must be present at the meeting to cast your ballot. CTIC’s Winter meeting is held in conjunction with the NACD Annual Meeting, which will be held Jan. 30 – Feb. 2 at Opryland. F ... more.

Cover Crops and Conservation Tillage

Cover Crops and Conservation Tillage Reduce NPS Pollution Project Description

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.

Manure Management Publications - MidWest Plan Service (Available for fee)

Many low-cost manure management publications are available from the MidWest Plan Service, a university-based publishing cooperative dedicated to publishing and disseminating research-based, peer-reviewed, practical, and affordable publications that support the outreach missions of the 12 North Central Region land grant universities plus the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Manure Spill Response Video

A 20-minute video produced by Illinois, Wisconsin, and Michigan State Extension highlighting legal, environmental, planning, and prevention issues of manure spills. Also available in Spanish.

SNAP-plus - University of Wisconsin Extension

The Wisconsin Soil Nutrient Application Program (SNAP-Plus) is a Windows-based software package for developing N and P based nutrient management plans that meet the Wisconsin 590 Nutrient Management Standard. In addition to creating a nutrient management plan, SNAP-Plus integrates the Wisconsin P Index and uses RUSLE2 to access soil loss based on the rotation entered.

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.

Publications

One of our goals at CTIC is to serve as an information clearinghouse -- reviewing and communicating new research, technologies and innovative approaches.

Provide Information

Provide Information Find conservation resources including websites, documents, research results, and our current projects. CTIC members can access our list of experts. Join Today (link to Become a Member) * Topics A-Z * CTIC Initiatives (link to Lead Initiatives) * Guides and Research Documents (link to Online Store/Free Publications) * Experts (Members Only)

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.

Toddd Jenson and Jim McCaulley, Green and Iowa Counties

Board of Directors

... America, Inc. Laura McConnell Bayer CropScience Hunter Carpenter Agricultural Retailers Association Larry Clemens The Nature Conservancy Nathan Fields National Corn Growers Association Peyton Harper The Fertilizer Institute Adam Herges The Mosaic Company Andy Knepp Bayer CropScience William Kuckuck CropLife Foundation Darian Landolt Case IH Tim Palmer National Association of Conservation Districts Heidi Peterson International Plant Nutrition Institute Paul Poister Nutrien Luther Smith IInternational Certified Crop Advisers Program ... more.

All In On Cover Crop

Corn and Soybean Digest, April 2018

Time Is Money

Corn and Soybean Digest, July 2018

Landowners Support Cover Crops

Corn and Soybean Digest, August 2018

Supply Chain Sustainability Project Trains Crop Advisors and Ag Retailers

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

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Agrium

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

Webinar: Engaging Non-operator Landowners in Conservation

PowerPoint slides from Jamie Ridgely, chief operating officer of Agren, Inc. and presenter of Aug. 29 WIIN webinar on "Engaging Non-operator Landowners in Conservation." Resource: Engaging Absentee Landowners in Conservation

2014-2015 Cover Crop Survey

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

Make it your New Year's resolution to get involved at CTIC

Whether it's collaborating on a project, joining a committee or just starting a conversation about your own conservation goals, we want to hear from you. Contact our Executive Director Chad Watts at watts@ctic.org or by calling 765-494-9555. Make sure you check us out onFacebookandTwitter!We look forward to working with you this year.

Happy New Year from your friends at CTIC!

Here are some updates and reminders as the new year gets underway.

Winter Board of Directors meeting and ballot

The 2018 Winter Board of Directors meeting will be held on February 20 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Fertilizer Institute in Washington, D.C.Ballotsare now available to vote for board directors, who will serve a 3-year term beginning on March 1. CTIC members must be present at the board meeting to vote. Meetings are open to all members. If you plan on attending, please contact the CTIC office at 765-494-9555 by February 9.

Winter Board of Directors Meeting and Ballot

The 2018 Winter Board of Directors meeting will be held on February 20 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Fertilizer Institute in Washington, D. C. Ballots are now available to vote for board directors, who will serve a 3-year term beginning on March 1. CTIC members must be present at the board meeting to vote. Meetings are open to all members. If you plan on attending, please contact the CTIC office at 765-494-9555 by February 9.

Bee Integrated Demonstration Project: Pragmatic Beekeeping, Forage, & Farming Practices - BEE Integrated

CTIC has partnered with the Honey Bee Health Coalition on its Bee Integrated Demonstration Project. This project brings together beekeepers and producers to show how a suite of best practices can be implemented together in agricultural landscapes to support honey bee health. This innovative strategy provides a blueprint for supporting pollinator health across North America.

Make it your New Year's resolution to get involved at CTIC

Whether it's collaborating on a project, joining a committee or just starting a conversation about your own conservation goals, we want to hear from you. Contact our Executive Director Chad Watts at watts@ctic.org or by calling 765-494-9555. Make sure you check us out on Facebook and Twitter! We look forward to working with you this year.

Happy New Year from your friends at CTIC!

Here are some updates and reminders as the new year gets underway.

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CHAMPION We demonstrate and advocate for conservation agriculture from the field to the halls of government.

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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.

2014-2015 Cover Crop Survey

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

NARS Workshop Webinar

(NOTE: There is audio feedback at the beginning of the webinar. We are working on correcting and will post the new version as soon as it is completed.)

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.

Wetlands Workshops

Below is information, materials, presentations, agendas, etc. from 2014, 2013 and 2010 workshops.

2016 Workshop

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

Coastal Workshop

Below is information, materials, agendas, etc. from 2016, 2015 and 2011 workshops.

Workshops planned for 2017 and 2018

Workshops planned for 2017 and 2018 National Aquatic Resources Workshop December 5-7, 2017 Silver Springs, MD Click here for more information. National Aquatic Resources Workshop will be held in conjunction with NWQMC Spring, 2018.

Past Workshops

Click on the links below for more information from past workshops, including materials, presentations and webinars. National Coastal Lakes Wetlands R Training

Introducing the Benthic Workgroup Objectives Webinar

July 26, 2016 EPA Region 5 Chicago, Illinois Click on the title links below for the slide presentations. Welcome – Hugh Sullivan, EPA AMBI / mAmbi – Peg Pelletier, EPA ORD National Health and Environmental Effects Research Lab Weighted Tolerance Value – Ted Angradi, EPA ORD, Duluth Modified OTI – Lyuba Burlakova, Great Lakes Center, Buffalo State College Recorded Webinar - July 26, 2016

CIA Travel

... Lafayette) Chicago O'Hare(2.5 hrs to West Lafayette) Transportation Options (Includes shuttle options that operate to/from airports.) Hotel: Union Club Hotel 101 North Grant Street West Lafayette,IN47906 Rate: $101/night (North Wing) or $125 Deluxe Double (South Wing). Reservations: Call 765-494-8900 and reference CTIC for the room block rate. Cut-off date -August 22, 2017. Hotel Amenities: Click herefor more information about the hotel.

REGISTER TODAY FOR 2016 TOUR

Join us for an up-close look at innovative conservation practices on a wide range of crops and farms in Idaho's Treasure Valley, August 23-24. Seats go fast for these great programs - register now!

TAKE THE 2016 COVER CROP SURVEY

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

2015 SUCCESS BY THE NUMBERS

2015 was a year of great accomplishment for CTIC and our members. See how the numbers stack up in CTIC's Success by the Numbers.

CTIC: A TRUSTED SOURCE

Since 1982, CTIC has been providing technical, educational and practical support to advance conservation farming success. Learn more by downloading our new informational brochure.

WHAT AN OWL-STANDING TOUR!

See videos, photos and more in our tour wrap-up.

Agriculture and Water in Florida

Richard Budell

Water Quality Trends in Rice

Ron Rice and Luigi Trotta

Rice Variety Portfolios

Ron Rice and Luigi Trotta

Rice as a Bird Habitat

Ron Rice and Luigi Trotta

Rice Acreage Trends in the Everglades Agricultural Area

Ron Rice and Luigi Trotta

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 effects on soil water relationships.

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

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

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

Purdue Pest & Crop

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

2011 Weed Control Guide for Ohio and Indiana

Download the entire document or print sections as needed. A print version of the publication is available for sale ($15) as Bulletin 789 from the Ohio State University Extension Media Distribution Center.

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

Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service Agronomy Guide

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

Webinar: Engaging Non-operator Landowners in Conservation

PowerPoint slides from Jamie Ridgely, chief operating officer of Agren, Inc. and presenter of Aug. 29 WIIN webinar on “Engaging Non-operator Landowners in Conservation.” Click to get file.

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.

The Fertilizer Institute

The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) is a strong advocate of 4R nutrient stewardship - right source, right rate, right time, right place - and a leading proponent of ensuring that sound science is a solid component of public policy decisions.

Growmark

Growmark is a cooperative organization based in Bloomington, Ill., one of the top ten co-ops in the nation. Among our core values is to "promote the welfare of the community and environmental stewardship," a commitment that we carry out daily throughout our organization.

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

The Livingston County field office provides technical assistance as well as financial assistance through EQIP and CSP programs.

SuperU

We designed this trial to determine the Most Economical Rate of Nitrogen (MERN) and to compare spring, surface applied urea verses spring applied SUPERU?.

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE 2012 TOUR

CTIC'S 2012 Conservation in Action Tour in the Mississippi Delta was a huge success. Make sure to check out pictures, videos and interviews from the event which hosted nearly 250 participants from across the nation.

Agrium's ESN v. Urea

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

AgDay Interviews CTIC Executive Director

Ag Day reporter Tyne Morgan visited the CTIC office in early March to conduct an interview with Karen Scanlon, CTIC executive director. Scanlon discussed conservation trends CTIC has seen in the last three decades and challenges facing agriculture over the next several years. The interview aired as part of AgDay's "Future of Farming" series on Wednesday, March 21. Visit AgDay's website to see the story.

Phosphorus Sidedress with MicroEssentials®

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

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.

Livestock Manure Sampling - CNMP Watch

This guide was developed to answer frequently asked questions related to proper sampling methods, analysis, and interpretation of results

Pork Manure Specifics - National Pork Board

Information concerning odor mitigation, storage, nutrient management, and much more are listed here as well as a searchable Environmental Research Database.

Wetlands: A Component of an Integrated Farming Operation

Wetlands: A Component of an Integrated Farming Operation This document explores some of the basics of wetland protection and restoration.

CTIC BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

The winter CTIC board meeting will be held January 31 - February 1, 2012. This meeting is in conjunction with the National Association of Conservation Districts annual meeting. For more information, please click here. All members are invited to attend. Please see the draft agenda for more details, and RSVP CTIC if you would like to join us. Jan. 31 - Feb. 1, 2012 Las Vegas, NV Tuesday (Jan. 31) -- 12:00 - 5:00 pm Room: Brera 4, Third Level (Mezzanine) Wednesday (Feb. 1) -- 8:00 am - 12:00 pm Room: Brera 2, Third Level Hotel Information: The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. South Las Vegas, NV 89109 702-698-7000 Deadl ... more.

Agri Drain Corp

CTIC Silver Corporate Member, Agri Drain Corp, America's most complete supplier of water management products for wetlands, ponds, lakes, controlled drainage, and subsurface irrigation with the best guarantee. To learn more about Agri Drain Corp, visit www.agridrain.com

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.

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/

LandPro LLC

CTIC Institutional Member, LandPro LLC, specializes in consulting, property management, referrals, sales and acquisitions of agricultural land. To learn more about LandPro LLC, visit www.landprollc.com.

Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians

CTIC Institutional Member, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, which is the only tribe in North Carolina that is recognized by the federal government, is located in western North Carolina in their traditional homelands. Their Tribe consists of approximately 14,000 enrolled members and holds 56,000 acres for the Qualla Boundary. To learn more about the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, visit http://nc-cherokee.com/

National Council of Farmer Cooperatives

CTIC Institutional Bronze Member, the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives (NCFC), has been the voice of America's farmer cooperatives since 1929. The members are regional and national farmer cooperatives, which are in turn comprised of nearly 3,000 local farmer cooperatives across the country. To learn more about the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, visit www.ncfc.org

Indiana Soybean Alliance

CTIC Institutional Bronze Member, the Indiana Soybean Alliance, works to improve the viability of Indiana Soybean farmers and industry partners. To learn more about the Indiana Soybean Alliance, visit www.indianasoybean.com

Yetter Manufacturing

CTIC Corporate Member, Yetter Manufacturing, is committed toward providing you with products built for years of use. From design to final assembly, Yetter products are constructed to withstand the rigors of even the toughest field conditions. They have a relentless pursuit of quality and are always looking for ways to improve equipment while controlling the cost of the final product. To learn more about Yetter Manufacturing, visit www.yetterco.com.

Advanced Microbial Solutions, LLC

CTIC Bronze Corporate Member, Advanced Microbial Solutions, Inc. (AMS), is an agricultural technology company leading the development of applied, biochemistry-based solutions for plant nutrition. AMS solutions help growers adapt to the rapidly changing demands of agriculture by providing the most effective tools to improve sustainability and increase yields. To learn more about Advanced Microbial Solutions (AMS), visit www.superbio.com

John Deere

CTIC Silver Corporate Member, John Deere, is one of the oldest industrial companies in the United States. In 1837, John Deere founded the company that would come to bear his name. Incorporated as Deere & Company in 1868, it has grown from a one-man blacksmith shop into a corporation that today does business around the world and employs approximately 47,000 people. To learn more about John Deere, visit www.deere.com

GLCCI Consultant Resource Page

GLCCI Consultant Resource page: This will be seen only by the GLCCI group. I think the easiest way to go from this page to the data base is a link. I will include other links on this page for the consultants also. Example links Farm Plan Project Brochure Project Logo Scheduled meetings Notes and Agendas

Better Soil, Better Yields

Better Soil, Better Yields This publication serves as a guidebook to improving soil organic matter and infiltration using continuous no-till.

A Race Against Time

To meet the projected soybean demand of 2030, growers would have to add 168 million acres of soybeans to existing production if global yields remained the same as today, or double those yields to 59.5 bushels per acre to harvest enough soybeans on today’s acreage. Biotech crops show promise to double or triple the current rate of yield increase in corn, and match or exceed the average 0.5-bushel-per-acre annual increa ... more.

New Opportunities

Markets for water quality and carbon trading credits could allow growers to earn money for the environmental services they provide.

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.

A Dozen Do's for Successful No Till Corn Following Soybeans

Equip Your Combine to Chop and Evenly Spread Residue..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.

Environmental Management Study: National Pork Board

Information concerning odor mitigation, storage, nutrient management, and much more are listed here as well as a searchable Environmental Research Database.

Manure Management Planner - University of Illinois Extension

In Illinois, there are three different manure management plans that a livestock facility might need to have. University of Illinois Extension has worked with Illinois Department of Agriculture, Illinois Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency to develop one website of step-by-step instructions that, if completed, will comply with the needs of all three agencies.

Animal Waste Management Site - Great Lakes Regional Water Program

Initiatives, publications, and opportunities for multi-state collaboration in animal waste management.

Nutrients in Our Environment - Past, Present, and Beyond

Topics A-Z

For over 28 years, CTIC has been collecting and disseminating information on agricultural conservation. From air quality to yield, we have information to share. Click on the first letter of your topic to see the resources we have available. Don't see what you're looking for? E-mail us at ctic@ctic.org.

Gold Corporate Benefits

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

The northeast Louisiana modeling and simulation project

Working with Farmers for Cleaner Water

5-minute video about how The Nature Conservancy and partners work with farmers to improve water quality in the Pecatonica River.

Becky Carvin and Faith Fitzpatrick, USGS

Adam Dowling and Jason Thomas from NRCS

Greg Searle and Jim Amrhein, WDNR

TNC web site

web site with link in rt hand column for partner page and resources used to develop the project

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

University of Arkansas' Center of Aquaculture and Fisheries

Southeast Arkansas Resource Conservation and Development