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Grassland Reserve Program Policy

Policy has been established for Wisconsin as follows:

The conservation plan will address all offered/contract acres. Each paddock/hayland field in the conservation plan will be identified as either predominately warm season or cool season species. The conservation plan will address nesting season restrictions as follows:

Warm season grasses

Haying activities are NOT permitted during the primary nesting season (May 1 thru August 1) .
Grazing by livestock is NOT permitted on 25 percent of the offered warm season acres from May 1 thru July 1.

Cool season grasses

1. Haying activities or seed harvest are NOT permitted on 25 percent of offered cool season acres during the primary nesting season (May 1 thru August 1).

2. Grazing by livestock is not restricted during the primary nesting season.

When grazing or haying/seeding, activities are restricted on 25 percent of offered acres: ungrazed or unharvested areas should be blocked together to the extent possible.

Interseeding will be allowed on a no-till basis.

Animals per acre will comply with 528A Prescribed Grazing.