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Stewarding Farms and Water in the Upper Salt Fork Watershed Stewarding Farms and Water in the Upper Salt Fork Watershed Presentation Transcript

  • SWCS Annual Conference Washington D.C. July 18, 2011 Brian Brandt Director, Agriculture Conservation Innovations
  • Working with Farmers in East Central Illinois To Adopt Nutrient Management Practices
  • Project Partners Reetz Agronomics
    • USDA CCPI MRBI EQIP
    • USDA CIG
    • Walton Family Foundation
    • McKnight Foundation
    • Ongoing…
    Project Funding
    • Four “R”s
    • EQIP Funded Practices
    • 590 Nutrient Management
    • 329 Residue Mgt.-Strip-till
    • 340 Cover Crops
    • 554 Drainage Water Management
    • 799 Monitoring
    Best Management Practices
    • Targeted Application in East Central Illinois
    BMP Challenge
  • BMP Challenge Eligible Practices
      • Reduced tillage
      • Nutrient Management Basic
      • PSNT
      • CSNT
      • Minimum Disturbance Incorporation/Injection of manure
      • Nitrogen Inhibitor/Enhanced N products
      • Sensor-based variable rate application (Crop Circle, Green Seeker)
      • Others? (need to be U of IL/NRCS approved)
    BMP Challenge
  • Water Quality Monitoring Drainage Tile and Surface Water
    • GIS mapping of HUC 12 Spoon River watershed of cropping history, soils and conservation practices
    • GIS mapping of HUC 12 Spoon River watershed
    • Existing data sets
    • Farm operation and parcel data
    Baseline Measurements
    • Cooperative Conservation Program Initiative (CCPI) benefits:
    • Leveraging resources – partnerships and funding
    • Targeting limited resources for maximum benefit
    • Challenges and benefits of monitoring
    Lessons Learned
    • Anita Zurbrugg
    • Midwest Director [email_address]
    • Brian Brandt
    • Director, Agriculture Conservation Innovations [email_address]
    • www.farmland.org
    • Targeting limited resources for maximum benefit
    • Challenges and benefits of monitoring
    THANK YOU!