State By State Nutrient Use Strategy

Nestled in the headwaters of Lake Erie and the Gulf of Mexico, Ohio farmer John Buck has to monitor nutrients. It’s something he does every day to protect his livelihood and third-generation farm.

“It’s important we do things the right way when people start pointing fingers,” Buck says. “It’s better to start using nutrient-reduction practices now than be forced into costly changes,” he adds. Read more

Indiana NRCS Announces Applications Available for Conservation Stewardship Program

Indianapolis, IN November 29, 2016 – Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist Jane Hardisty announced today that Indiana is now accepting applications for enrollment in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), the nation’s largest conservation program.

NRCS has made several revisions to the program this year to help producers better evaluate their conservation options and the benefits to their operations and natural resources. New methods and software for evaluating applications will help producers see up front why they are or are not meeting stewardship thresholds, and allow them to pick practices and enhancements that work for their conservation objectives. These new tools also allow producers to see potential payment scenarios for conservation early in the process. Read more

Weed Control And Soil Health Go Hand-in-Hand

Although many landowners may not give much thought to weed control as a soil health measure, Gared Shaffer, South Dakota State University Extension Weeds Field Specialist said the two go hand-in-hand, according to the South Dakota State University Extension at iGrow.org. Read more

USDA Releases Precision Ag Use and Profitability Study

In October, USDA Economic Research Service releases its latest study on the adoption, use and portability of precision ag.

USDA’s Agricultural Resource Management Survey shows that precision ag technologies were used on roughly 30 to 50% of U.S. corn and soybean acres in 2010-12. Read more