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Plan Questionnaire 'Fruit&Vegetable Farm Plan'

'Fruit and Vegetable Farm Plan Questionnaire'

For an NRCS customer who produces fruits and vegetables.

Customer Name:                                                Customer Telephone:

Property or Farm Name:                                    Mail Address:

Land Location -    County:                                   Town:

Customer email:

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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 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?

 

Are there any existing plans to expand the land base? If yes, what are the plans?

 

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

 

Are wells/springs, either active or abandoned, located on the farm? If yes, please provide information such as yield gallons per minute and who drilled well(s).

 

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 Questions:

Please Indicate The Types Of Crops Being Grown And The Quantity Of Each:

Crop Type                                     Quantity

 

 

 

What tillage operations / implements are used on your cropland?

 

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

 

Do you use cover crops? If yes, what types of cover crops do you typically establish, on which fields and what is the management for the cover crop (establishment and termination dates, etc.)?

 

 

Do you use mulches? If yes, what types of mulch are used and on which fields or crops are they used?

 

Do you have an existing washwater disposal system in place? If yes, please describe the system.

 

Do you irrigate? If yes, identify fields receiving irrigation, and water source(s).

 

 

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?

 

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?

 

Do you apply compost, manure (or other organic soil additives)? If yes, please provide a synopsis regarding your compost or manure management (what kind, where and for how long do you store it, where do you obtain it, etc):

 

Where do you store commercial or approved organic fertilizers, if applicable? 

Do you practice crop rotation for the purpose of managing pest problems? If yes, please explain.

 

 

Do you apply pesticides (synthetic and approved organic pesticides)?

 

If applicable, list pesticides currently 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?

 

 

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