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Kansas 2020 Enhancements

Enhancements

The Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) is for producers who want to take their conservation efforts to the next level. Most CSP applicants have already been applying conservation practices to their land. Through CSP, they have the opportunity to give those practices a boost with conservation activities called "enhancements." Enhancements take conservation practices to a higher level of stewardship. CSP applicants work on-one-one with their NRCS conservation planner to select enhancements that best fit their management goals and that will address resource concerns on the enrolled operation.

Through CSP, producers can choose from over 200 enhancements to address resource concerns on their operation. Conservation practice standards and quality criteria for resource concerns can be found in sections II and III of the Field Office Technical Guide.

CSP FY2020 Conservation Enhancement Activity - Crops

Soil

  • E328C Conservation crop rotation on recently converted CRP grass/legume cover
  • E328E, E328E_KS20 Soil health crop rotation
  • E328F Modifications to improve soil health and increase soil organic matter
  • E328G, E328G_KS20 Crop rotation on recently converted CRP grass/legume cover for soil organic matter improvement
  • E328H, E328H_KS20 Conservation crop rotation to reduce the concentration of salts
  • E329A No till to reduce soil erosion
  • E329D No till system to increase soil health and soil organic matter content
  • E334A Controlled traffic farming to reduce compaction
  • E340A, E340A_KS20 Cover crop to reduce soil erosion
  • E340B, E340B_KS20 Intensive cover cropping to increase soil health and soil organic matter content
  • E340C, E340C_KS20 Use of multi-species cover crops to improve soil health and increase soil organic matter
  • E340D, E340D_KS20 Intensive orchard/vineyard floor cover cropping to increase soil health
  • E340E, E340E_KS20 Use of soil health assessment to assist with development of cover crop mix to improve soil health
  • E340F, E340F_KS20 Cover crop to minimize soil compaction
  • E345A Reduced tillage to reduce soil erosion
  • E345D Reduced tillage to increase soil health and soil organic matter content
  • E382B Installing electrical fence offsets and wire for cross-fencing to improve grazing management
  • E386A Enhanced field borders to reduce soil erosion along the edge(s) of a field
  • E386B Enhanced field borders to increase carbon storage along the edge(s) of the field
  • E484A Mulching to improve soil health
  • E512A, E512A_KS20 Cropland conversion to grass-based agriculture to reduce soil erosion
  • E512B, E512B_KS20 Forage plantings that help increase organic matter in depleted soils
  • E512C, E512C_KS20 Cropland conversion to grass for soil organic matter improvement
  • E512D, E512D_KS20 Forage plantings that help increase organic matter in depleted soils
  • E528K, E528K_KS20 Improved grazing management for soil compaction on pasture through monitoring activities
  • E528L, E528L_KS20 Prescribed grazing that improves or maintains riparian and watershed function-erosion
  • E528M, E528M_KS20 Grazing management that protects sensitive areas from gully erosion
  • E550A, E550A_KS20 Range planting for increasing/maintaining organic matter
  • E580A Stream corridor bank stability improvement

Water

  • E328I, E328I_KS20 Forage harvest to reduce water quality impacts by utilization of excess soil nutrients
  • E329C No till to increase plant-available moisture
  • E340G, E340G_KS20 Cover crop to reduce water quality degradation by utilizing excess soil nutrients
  • E345C Reduced tillage to increase plant-available moisture
  • E390A Increase riparian herbaceous cover width for sediment and nutrient reduction
  • E391A, E391A_KS20 Increase riparian forest buffer width for sediment and nutrient reduction
  • E391B Increase stream shading for stream temperature reduction
  • E393A, E393A_KS20 Extend existing filter strip to reduce water quality impacts
  • E449C Advanced Automated IWM - Year 2-5, soil moisture monitoring
  • E449D Advanced Automated IWM - Year 1, Equipment and soil moisture or water level monitoring
  • E472A Manage livestock access to waterbodies to reduce nutrients or pathogens to surface water
  • E528H, E528H_KS20 Prescribed grazing to improve/maintain riparian and watershed function-elevated water temperature
  • E528I, E528I_KS20 Grazing management that protects sensitive areas -surface or ground water from nutrients
  • E528J, E528J_KS20 Prescribed grazing on pastureland that improves riparian and watershed function.
  • E590B Reduce risks of nutrient loss to surface water by utilizing precision agriculture technologies
  • E595A Reduce risk of pesticides in surface water by utilizing precision pesticide application techniques
  • E612A Cropland conversion to trees or shrubs for long term improvement of water quality

Animals

  • E327A, E327A_KS20 Conservation cover for pollinators and beneficial insects
  • E327B, E327B_KS20 Establish Monarch butterfly habitat
  • E328D Leave standing grain crops unharvested to benefit wildlife
  • E328J, E328J_KS20 Improved crop rotation to provide benefits to pollinators
  • E338B, E338B_KS20 Short-interval burns to promote a healthy herbaceous plant community
  • E338C Sequential patch burning
  • E382A, E382A_KS20 Incorporating "wildlife friendly" fencing for connectivity of wildlife food resources
  • E386D, E386D_KS20 Enhanced field borders to increase food for pollinators along the edge(s) of a field
  • E386E, E386E_KS20 Enhanced field borders to increase wildlife food and habitat along the edge(s) of a field
  • E390B, E390B_KS20 Increase riparian herbaceous cover width to enhance wildlife habitat
  • E391C, E391C_KS20 Increase riparian forest buffer width to enhance wildlife habitat
  • E395A Stream habitat improvement through placement of woody biomass
  • E399A Fishpond management for native aquatic and terrestrial species
  • E511A, E511A_KS20 Harvest of crops (hay or small grains) using measures that allow desired species to flush or escape
  • E511B, E511B_KS20 Forest harvest management that helps maintain wildlife habitat cover, shelter or continuity
  • E512G, E512G_KS20 Native grasses or legumes in forage base
  • E512I, E512I_KS20 Establish pollinator and/or beneficial insect and/or monarch habitat
  • E512J, E512J_KS20 Establish wildlife corridors to provide habitat continuity or access to water
  • E528A, E528A_KS20 Maintaining quantity and quality of forage for animal health and productivity
  • E528B, E528B_KS20 Grazing management that improves monarch butterfly habitat
  • E528C, E528C_KS20 Incorporating wildlife refuge areas in contingency plans for wildlife.
  • E528D, E528D_KS20 Grazing management for improving quantity and quality of food or cover and shelter for wildlife
  • E528Q Use of body condition scoring for livestock on a monthly basis to keep track of herd health
  • E550B, E550B_KS20 Range planting for improving forage, browse, or cover for wildlife
  • E578A Stream crossing elimination
  • E580B Stream corridor bank vegetation improvement
  • E595D Increase the size requirement of refuges planted to slow pest resistance to Bt crops
  • E595E Eliminate use of chemical treatments to control pests and to increase the presence of dung beetles
  • E612G, E612G_KS20 Tree/shrub planting for wildlife food
  • E643B Restoration and management of rare or declining habitat
  • E644A Managing Flood-Irrigated Landscapes for Wildlife
  • E645A Reduction of attractants to human-subsidized predators in sensitive wildlife species habitat
  • E646A Close structures to capture and retain rainfall for waterfowl and wading bird winter habitat
  • E646B Extend retention of captured rainfall for migratory waterfowl and wading bird late winter habitat
  • E646C Manipulate vegetation and maintain closed structures for shorebirds mid-summer habitat
  • E646D Manipulate vegetation and maintain closed structures for shorebird late summer habitat
  • E647A Manipulate vegetation on fields with captured rainfall for waterfowl & wading bird winter habitat
  • E647C Maintain most soil vegetation on cropland edges to enhance waterfowl and shorebird habitat
  • E647D, E647D_KS20 Establish and maintain early successional habitat in ditches and bank borders
  • E666O, E666O_KS20 Snags, den trees, and coarse woody debris for wildlife habitat
  • E666P, E666P_KS20 Summer roosting habitat for native forest-dwelling bat species

Plant

  • E315A, E315A_KS20 Herbaceous weed treatment to create desired plant communities consistent with the ecological site
  • E338A, E338A_KS20 Strategically planned, patch burning for grazing distribution and wildlife habitat
  • E528E, E528E_KS20 Improved grazing management for enhanced plant structure and composition for wildlife
  • E528F, E528F_KS20 Stockpiling cool season forage to improve structure and composition or plant productivity and health
  • E528G, E528G_KS20 Improved grazing management on pasture for plant productivity and health with monitoring activities
  • E528R Management Intensive Rotational Grazing
  • E612D, E612D_KS20 Adding food-producing trees and shrubs to existing plantings
  • E612E, E612E_KS20 Cultural plantings
  • E340H, E340H_KS20 Cover crop to suppress excessive weed pressures and break pest cycles
  • E512E, E512E_KS20 Forage and biomass planting that produces feedstock for biofuels or energy production.
  • E666E, E666E_KS20 Reduce height of the forest understory to limit wildfire risk

Air

  • E329B No till to reduce tillage induced particulate matter
  • E345B Reduced tillage to reduce tillage induced particulate matter
  • E376A Modify field operations to reduce particulate matter
  • E386C Enhanced field borders to decrease particulate emissions along the edge(s) of the field
  • E484B Reduce particulate matter emissions by using orchard or vineyard generated woody materials as mulch
  • E612B, E612B_KS20 Planting for high carbon sequestration rate

Air/Water

  • E595B Reduce risk of pesticides in water and air by utilizing IPM PAMS techniques
  • E590A, E590A_KS20 Improving nutrient uptake efficiency and reducing risk of nutrient losses

Energy

  • E329E No till to reduce energy
  • E345E Reduced tillage to reduce energy use
  • E374A Install variable frequency drive(s) on pump(s)
  • E374B Switch fuel source for pump motor(s)
  • E533B Complete pumping plant evaluation for energy savings

Water/Energy

  • E449A Complete pumping plant evaluation for water savings

Plant/Animal

  • E666F, E666F_KS20 Reduce forest stand density to create open stand structure
  • E666G, E666G_KS20 Reduce forest density and manage understory along roads to limit wildfire risk and improve habitat
  • E666I, E666I_KS20 Crop tree management for mast production
  • E666K, E666K_KS20 Creating structural diversity with patch openings
  • E666L, E666L_KS20 Forest Stand Improvement to rehabilitate degraded hardwood stands
  • E512F, E512F_KS20 Establishing native grass or legumes in forage base to improve the plant community
  • E512H, E512H_KS20 Forage plantings that enhance bird habitat cover and shelter or structure and composition
  • E612C, E612C_KS20 Establishing tree/shrub species to restore native plant communities
  • E381A, E381A_KS20 Silvopasture to improve wildlife habitat
  • E314A, E314A_KS20 Brush management to improve wildlife habitat
  • E528O, E528O_KS20 Clipping mature forages to set back vegetative growth for improved forage quality

Plants/Soils

Plant/Animal/Water

Soil/Air

Soil/Water

  • E528P, E528P_KS20 Implementing bale or swath grazing to increase organic matter and reduce nutrients in surface water

Soil/Water/Plants

  • E528N, E528N_KS20 Improved grazing management through monitoring activities

Bundles

CSP applicants that want to take their conservation efforts even further may consider "bundles" of enhancement activities. Some enhancements work together to provide increased conservation benefits when they are implemented as a group. Producers may consider adopting these enhancement groups or "bundles" on their operation.

Each bundle has three or more required enhancements, and for some bundles, the applicant has the option to pick additional enhancements from a select list that addresses specific resource concerns.

Bundles have enhancements grouped according to land use - crop, pasture, range and forest, as well as agency initiatives, Ogallala Aquifer, buffers, Long Leaf pine, Mississippi River Basin and Working lands for Wildlife. Bundles receive a higher level of financial assistance to encourage the holistic approach to generate additional conservation benefits.

Many producers find that the bundles make sense to implement on their operation. Producers interested in implementing bundles on their property can visit with their local NRCS conservation planner to learn more about them.

Click any of the links below to view the bundle(s) associated with each land use:

Buffer Bundles

Crop Bundles

  • B000CPL18 Crop Bundle #18 - Precision Ag
  • B000CPL19 Crop Bundle #19 - Soil Health Precision Ag
  • B000CPL20 Crop Bundle #20 - Soil Health Assessment
  • B000CPL21 Crop Bundle #21 - Crop Bundle (Organic)
  • B000CPL22 Crop Bundle #22 - Erosion Bundle (Organic)

Forestry Bundles

Grazing Bundles

  • B000GRZ1 Grazing Bundle 1 - Range and Pasture
  • B000GRZ2 Grazing Bundle 2 - Range and Pasture
  • B000GRZ3 Grazing Bundle 3 - Range and Pasture
  • B000GRZ4 Grazing Bundle 4 - Range and Pasture
  • B000GRZ5 Grazing Bundle 5 - Range and Pasture

Pasture Bundles

Range Bundles