Our atmosphere’s carbon dioxide (CO2) levels are higher than they’ve been in 100,000 years. While CO2 is a natural part of the air we breathe, too much of it can be a very bad thing. As you may know, CO2 is a greenhouse gas, which means it absorbs heat (unlike oxygen or nitrogen). At proper amounts, CO2 serves a very important function of keeping
Since being introduced to America in 1622, the honeybee has become our most prominent pollinator. In fact, the honeybee is responsible for $15 billion in US crops per year. But times are changing. Honeybees have seen their numbers sharply decline over the past few decades due to Colony Collapse Disorder. With no clear answers on what causes CCD or how it can be
CRP practices often contain a diverse selection of plant species native to the area where you live. But that doesn’t mean you can let just anything grow there. As with traditional farming, weed control is an important part of establishing CRP. Weeds can hinder seed development, not to mention prove harmful for wildlife. If they’re not dealt with immediately and effectively,
The process of converting old CRP to a new CRP practice can vary depending on the type of practice you’re enrolled in, as well as the condition of the land where it’s being established. The preparation of your land is very important for ensuring a successful conversion especially if the land has previously been in CRP. Even if you’re reenrolling in
When it comes to establishing CRP, the first two years are critical. Transitioning from farmland to native plants and natural habitat is a delicate process. First, the land must be cleared and prepared. Once it’s ready for planting, special equipment is utilized to plant the CRP seed mixes. From there, the primary goal is to prevent weeds
Last week, we discussed the differences between general CRP and Continuous CRP (CCRP). CCRP is a specialized program that targets land deemed to be environmentally sensitive. Unlike general CRP, which relies on a bidding and rating process for enrollment, qualifying CCRP applicants are automatically accepted into the program (assuming there are acres available for enrollment in your state).