This 5-year project is sponsored by the NE Arkansas Association of Conservation Districts with assistance from Arkansas State University and USDA Agricultural Research Agency (ARS).
The project area includes 6 adjacent sub-watersheds in the Little River Ditches watershed located in Craighead, Mississippi, and Poinsett Counties. The goal of the conservation partners involved is to reduce the nutrient loss from agricultural land (primarily cropped to cotton) through improved nutrient use efficiency and reduced runoff from agricultural fields.
The focus of the conservation efforts will be utilization of variable rate fertilizer application rate technology and improved irrigation water management. The partners will directly contact the 900 area farmers and hope to achieve a 75 percent participation rate for conservation practices installed with funding from Environmental Quality Incentives Program.
Approved Conservation Practices*
329 Residue Management, No-Till
340 Cover Crop
345 Residue Management, Mulch Till
346 Residue Management, Ridge Till
393 Filter Strip
410 Grade Stabilization Structure
412 Grassed Waterway
430 Irrigation Pipeline
441 Irrigation System, Micro Irrigation
442 Irrigation System, Sprinkler
443 Irrigation System, Surface and Subsurface
449 Irrigation Water Management
464 Irrigation Land Leveling
533 Pumping Plant
554 Drainage Water Management
587 Structure for Water Control
590 Nutrient Management
608 Surface Drain, Main or Lateral
634 Waste Transfer
638 Water and Sediment Control Basin
646 Shallow Water Development & Management
*Some restrictions may apply to some practices.
201 – Edge of Field Water Quality Monitoring and Evaluation
202 – Edge of Field Water Quality Monitoring, Equipment Installation