USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is celebrating National Volunteer Week April 21-27 by thanking and honoring its Earth Team volunteers for their service to conservation. NRCS in Minnesota values the effort these volunteers have made in assisting our NRCS offices in Helping People Help the Land.
USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) is helping to mitigate impacts of drought across the nation. With good drought strategy and conservation systems, farmers are better equipped to manage dry and other extreme weather.
No, it’s not a new USDA “Going Green” initiative for using corn residue. WASCOB stands for Water And Sediment Control Basin, a structural sediment erosion control practice eligible for incentive payment under the USDA-NRCS Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP). More on WASCOB’s ...
Tile drainage has become popular in areas where soils have poor internal drainage because it helps to convert land that would otherwise be too wet to consistently farm into highly productive cropland. While the benefits of tile drainage are improved trafficability and increased crop yields, the practice also delivers nitrates and phosphorus to stream systems which has a detrimental impact on water quality.
Instead of leaving fields bare, producers can enroll acres in the Soil Health (Cover Crop) Initiative to plant cover crops to reduce the probability of erosion, increase soil health, and provide cover and food for many wildlife species.