PMCs develop vegetative solutions for natural resource concerns such as soil stabilization, soil health and productivity, and water quality. They also focus on national priorities such as enhancement of pollinator habitat and directly support the NRCS mission by providing scientifically-sound plant information and tools used by NRCS conservation planners and partners.
PMCs are working to select plants and provide recommendations on plants which will enhance pollinator populations throughout the growing season. These wildflowers, trees, shrubs, and grasses are an integral part of the conservation practices that landowners, farmers, and ranchers install as part of their conservation plan. This plant science technology is made available through a variety of technical resources.
Pollinator Plants for the Desert Southwest, Native Milkweeds
The Desert Southwest harbors at least 41 of the 76 milkweed (Asclepias spp.) species known to exist in the lower 48 states. The nectar of milkweed flowers is attractive to dozens of insects including bees, wasps, butterflies, moths, and hummingbirds. The bees that milkweed flowers attract to agricultural landscapes are important for pollinating a wide variety of vegetable forage and fruit crops.
The purpose of this technical note is to assist conservation planners and land managers by providing basic tree establishment information and a list of beneficial wildlife trees when they are planning wildlife and pollinator habitat in east Texas, western Louisiana, southwestern Arkansas, and southeastern Oklahoma. A list of beneficial trees (by species) for wildlife and pollinators is included in this technical note. The purpose of the list is to provide tree species information for conservation planners and land managers when they develop a wildlife habitat plan.
In 1948, center pivot irrigation was invented as a means to improve water distribution in crop fields. This was a great improvement in water distribution compared to flood irrigation, however, center pivots have created a new dilemma: the pivot corner. Pivot corners are troublesome. Square parcels with a circular system leave unused corners that can amount to 15 to 20% of the available area in a square parcel. The result is a large portion of unused ground that could be used to help bring in pollinators, insects, wind breaks or other beneficial practices.