Skip

Conservation Management Systems

aerial view of conservation farm

What is a Conservation Management System (CMS)?

A CMS is a group of conservation practices that support one another. When implemented, the CMS has a synergistic effect - the positive impact is greater than if the practices were implemented alone.  Many individual conservation practices need the support of other practices to be successful.  For example, a filter strip will soon be rendered ineffective if sheet and rill erosion is not controlled up stream of the filter area.  The filter strip will fill with sediment and lose its ability to absorb nutrients.

Goal of CMS in EQIP

  1. To reduce soluble reactive phosphorus (SRP) into Lake Erie,  Grand Lake St. Mary's, and the Mississippi River from agricultural lands.
  2. To move toward Whole farm planning vs single practices.

Types of CMS in EQIP

These documents require Adobe Acrobat

A CMS built around Nutrient Management - Practices Include: Conservation Cropping System, Residue and Tillage Mgt, Cover Crops, Buffer Strips, and Nutrient Management (PDF, 432 Kb)
A CMS built around Manure Utilization - Practices Include: Conservation Cropping System, Residue and Tillage Mgt, Cover Crops, Buffer Strips, Structure for Water Control, Drainage Water Management, Nutrient Management, Waste Utilization, Waste Transfer (PDF, 412 Kb)

Both Systems have options for Controlled Traffic Farming  
Both systems are capped around 750 acres

For More Information Contact

Mark Scarpitti, State Agronomist
(740) 653-1500 ext 103