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Plan Questionnaire 'Field & Forage Crops, No Livestock'

'Field & Forage Crop Plan Questionnaire'

For an NRCS customer who produces field and forage crops but does not raise livestock.

Customer Name:                                                Customer Telephone:

Property or Farm Name:                                    Mail Address:

Land Location -    County:                                   Town:

Customer email:


General Farm Information Questions:

Please provide a short description of the farm enterprise.


If possible, please provide some history regarding past ownership of this farm or of any of the tracts you manage.


What other enterprises are within this farm operation (maple sugar production, timber production, etc)?


What are the objectives or goals for the farm enterprise?


If applicable, list other decision makers for the land and their involvement. (Include contact information.)


Are you currently enrolled in any conservation programs, including easement programs? If yes, what programs?

Are there any conservation practices which have been installed on your farm recently? If yes, which?


Are there USDA Programs or conservation practices that you have heard about and/or are interested in? If yes, please elaborate.


Are there existing resource concerns on your farm that you are aware of? (Examples: soil erosion, streambank erosion, water quality, invasive plants, poor habitat, etc. If yes, what are they and which of these concerns do you plan to address?



Is your operation certified organic, or are you considering transition to organic production?


Are wells or springs, either active or abandoned, located on or near the farm? If yes, please elaborate.


Do any wells or springs on or near the farm have documented water quality problems? If yes, please elaborate.



Are you aware of any archeological or historic sites on or near your property? If yes, what sites and where are they located?


Do you know of any threatened, endangered or rare plant or animal species on or near your farm? If yes, what species and where are they located?


Have your fields been subsurface drained? If yes, where has the drainage occurred and to what extent?


Does your property have utilities passing through it? If yes, what utilities and where are they located? 





Cropland (Annual Crops and Hayland) Questions:

How many acres are typically planted to (or needed) in the following crops and what are the average typical yields for these crops?:

Corn (Silage)      Corn (Grain)      Hay/Legume (In crop rotations)      Hay/Legume (Permanent)      Other


Describe the typical cropping system you use including continuous annual crops, crop rotations and permanent hay/legume fields.  Indicate the average acres typically in each.


How many hay cuttings are typical?

What tillage operations / implements are used on cropland?


Do any of your fields typically receive manure?  If yes, which types of fields and how many acres are typically in this category? What is the source of the manure?


Do the average crop yields meet your goals? If no, please explain.


Do you suspect any fields may have a compaction problem (if yes, explain why, and which fields)?



Are you aware of any erosion problems on any fields, including fields with gullies or small channels that form annually? If yes, how widespread is the problem?


Do you irrigate? If yes, what types of fields receive irrigation, how many acres are included and what are the water source(s)?


Are you following an approved nutrient management plan (meeting the NRCS standard)?

Do you use soil testing to determine nutrient application rates? If yes, how often do you typically take soil samples? What laboratory do you use?


If manure is used, do you have manure samples taken to determine nutrient content? If yes, how often?

If manure is used, is manure applied in split applications on cropland? If yes, when?

If manure is used, what is the manure application rate on cropland (per acre/year)? 

If manure is used, how soon is manure incorporated on cropland after spreading?

If manure is used, what is the manure application rate on hayland (per acre/year)? 

If manure is used, is manure applied in split applications on hayland? If yes, when?

Do you use other off-farm soil amendments (Sludge, Septage, Other)?  If yes, are you applying according to an approved current permit / plan from DEC?

What commercial fertilizer(s) do you typically use:

    Formulation:                    Pounds purchased annually:





Where do you store commercial fertilizers? 


Do you apply pesticides?  If yes, list the typical pesticides used:




If pesticides are custom applied, who is the custom applicator?


Have you ever had complaints from neighbors or other problems associated with chemical drift?  If yes, please explain:



Do you maintain grassed buffers between cropland and streams/ditches? If yes, how wide?



Do you maintain forested buffers between cropland and streams/ditches? If yes, how wide?



What management is currently used on existing buffers?



Do you have any fields which typically flood or pond water?  If yes where are the fields and how widespread is the problem?




Wildlife Questions:

Do you have an existing wildlife management plan?

Do you have any goals or objectives for managing fish, wildlife or natural areas on your land? If yes, what are your objectives, and where would you propose to do management?


Are your wildlife management objectives, currently being met?

Do you have any unused or idle fields, old orchards, low productivity forest stands, etc. on your land? If yes, what management takes place on these areas (time and schedule of cuttings, release or pruning, etc.)?


Do you know or any rare natural communities or unique or important habitats on or near your land? (Examples: clayplain forest, vernal pools or seeps, mast stands, cliffs or ledges, large cavity trees, softwood stands, thickets.)



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Last Modified: June 22, 2010