Farmland Conservation Choices
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The drought has left many Wisconsin growers short on forage to feed their animals. As a consequence of this and other factors, many folks are considering re-purposing their cover crops as forage crops. It's important that growers know what herbicides and other pesticides were used in their corn and soybean to ensure when future crops can be planted. It is illegal to plant forage crops prior to the lapse of recrop intervals stated on the previous crops' pesticide labels. If these restrictions are not followed, herbicide residues could appear in the food system. In this podcast discussion, UW-Extension agronomist Vince Davis explains this issue in greater detail.

 

This detailed guide features 26 common conservation practices. It explains how each practice works and how it helps improve a farm, lists things to think about when considering the practice, and points out basic maintenance needs. Some of the most profitable practices, like nutrient or pest management, require little or no financial investment, can reduce expenses and may go the farthest toward protecting water quality. Other practices may not have an immediate pay back in terms of increased farm income, but pay off in other ways through cleaner water, more wildlife, long-term soil conservation, and an improved quality of life. This publication can be a first step in developing a farm conservation plan. Look through the practices and see which ones might fit into your farm operation (32 pages).

Practices include: crop rotation, crop residue management, contour buffer strips, contour farming and stripcropping, cover crops, field borders, managed grazing, pasture planting, grass waterways, grade stabilization structures, water and sediment control basins, critical area planting, diversion, terrace, manure storage and runoff control, nutrient management, pest management, well abandonment, riparian buffers, streambank and shoreline stabilization, wetland restoration, windbreaks, woodlot management, tree planting, wildlife food plots, and upland wildlife habitats.

 

 

 


Free to Wisconsin residents and Wisconsin non-profit organizations. Wisconsin customers will be billed separately for shipping and handling. Contact customer service to obtain the coupon code for your free copy or contact your county UW-Extension office.

Out-of-state customers ordering 100 or more copies need to enter this coupon code in the shopping cart: GWQ080907. This will give you a 10% discount on your bulk order.

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