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Converting Cool Season Pasture Grass to Native Warm Season Grass

Cool season grass has long been popular throughout much of the US where it can be found everywhere from lawns to farm fields. While cool season grass thrives in the spring and fall when temperatures are mild and moisture is prevalent, it struggles in the hot dry summer months. Native warm season grass (or NWSG), on the …

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Our CRP Reporting Services

In our last post, we discussed the thorough paperwork requirements for reporting cost–share with CRP. While CRP offers great cost-share benefits (especially with Practice Incentive Payments), stringent documenting and organization are required to receive the appropriate reimbursement in a timely manner.  Improper reporting serves as a constant setback for both landowners enrolled in CRP and the FSA offices that oversee them, creating frustration for all parties involved.  It’s no …

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Paperwork Requirements of CRP – Properly Documenting Cost-Share Expenses

Nobody enjoys paperwork, but for programs such as the Conservation Reserve Program, it’s a necessary part of the process. After all, CRP doesn’t just pay farmers and landowners a flat rental fee per acre; the program also reimburses them for expenses associated with establishing CRP such as seed, planting and herbicide.  This is where first-time CRP …

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What You Should Do with Underperforming Farmland

Farming naturally takes a toll on your land. Crops leave topsoil exposed to wind and rain, causing erosion and runoff. Tillage further erodes the soil. Growing the same crop year over year depletes the soil’s nutrients, removes vital organic matter and leaves it less fertile and more fragile.  To compensate, additional fertilizer is used, increasing the presence …

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Establishing Native Grasses and Forbs for CRP – Part 2: Seed Placement and Planting

Considering enrolling in CRP for native grasses and forbs? We don’t blame you. CRP not only offers competitive rates, cost-sharing reimbursement, and sign-up incentives, but planting native grass is great for both your farm and the environment as a whole. That said, if you want to successfully establish native grass on your land through CRP, …

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Establishing Native Grasses and Forbs for CRP – Part 1: Seed Quality and Purchasing

Native grasses serve an important role in our environment, providing habitats for local wildlife while protecting soil and water.  That’s why the Conservation Reserve Program offers compensation to landowners willing to establish and maintain fields of native grasses and forbs This is done through a number of conservation practices (CP) including CP2, CP4D, CP21, CP23, …

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Turning Farmland into Pollinator Habitat Through CRP

Pollinators such as bees, butterflies, birds, and even bats serve an important function in our environment. Without the pollen they spread, many plants we use would be unable to seed and reproduce. In fact, over half of the US’s primary crops rely on pollination, which means bee-pollinated commodities bring in $20 billion worth of agricultural production in the …

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