Little River Ditches Nutrient Loss Reduction MRBI/CCPI Project
This 5-year project is sponsored by the NE Arkansas Association of Conservation Districts with assistance from Arkansas State University and USDA Agricultural Research Agency (ARS).
The project area includes 6 adjacent sub-watersheds in the Little River Ditches watershed located in Craighead, Mississippi, and Poinsett Counties. The goal of the conservation partners involved is to reduce the nutrient loss from agricultural land (primarily cropped to cotton) through improved nutrient use efficiency and reduced runoff from agricultural fields.
The focus of the conservation efforts will be utilization of variable rate fertilizer application rate technology and improved irrigation water management. The partners will directly contact the 900 area farmers and hope to achieve a 75 percent participation rate for conservation practices installed with funding from Environmental Quality Incentives Program.