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Stewarding Farms and Water in the Upper Salt Fork Watershed

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Stewarding Farms and Water in the Upper Salt Fork Watershed

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

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