Posted on 09/22/2021 at 09:44 AM by Stewardship Advocate
Happy Fall! Harvest time is here. Please be safe!
There is a deadline coming very quickly for federal cost share programs. While the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) accepts applications year-round, October 1 is the next funding cut off for programs such as wetland easements, Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) and Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). Click here for more information.
If you are applying nutrients this fall, be sure to follow the 4Rs of Nutrient Stewardship (right source, right time, right rate and right place). Soil temperatures should be consistently below 50 degrees at a four-inch depth (click here for soil temps) and use an inhibitor. Otherwise, nitrogen could be lost to the environment and not help the next crop. In drought areas, there may be residual nitrogen that could be flushed with spring rains causing major water quality problems. Consider reducing your nitrogen rates if you have unused nitrogen in the soil.
Finally, make sure your pesticide certification is up to date before the end of the year. In-person and online pesticide applicator testing options are available for commercial and private applicators this fall. Click here for more information.
September 23 Prairie STRIPS, Virtual
September 29 Wetland Field Day, Coggon
September 30 Economics of Soil Health, Webinar
October 7 Nitrogen Rates, Webinar
October 13 Water Quality Index, Webinar
October 26 Monarch Conservation, Webinar
November 10 Boone River Study, Webinar
December 8 Microbiomes, Webinar
Anna and Randy Golightly, who farm in Madison County, explain why they plant cover crops and the benefits they realized by grazing cover crops. Plant cover crops now for spring forage!