CROPPING MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS

 

TERRACING

Terraces prevent soil erosion and gully formation, and allow water to soak into the soil. Water quality is improved since not only is there less runoff carrying nitrates, phosphorus, and sediment into our waterways, but water seeps into the soil more readily and is naturally filtered through the ground. Soil structure is maintained, and costly chemicals are helping crops grow instead of going down the drain. BSRP has, and continues to, cost-share the building and repair of terraces in our watershed.

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CONSERVATION TILLAGE &
NO-TILL

Conservation tillage and no-till play important roles in preventing soil erosion. Conventional tilling loosens soil and leaves it susceptible to wind and water erosion. Not only does this take precious soil away from land, it often enters our waterways, bringing along with it pollutants from fertilizers and pesticides. BSRP can help make a plan for your land, and connect you with our partner organizations to see what method of conservation tillage will be best at preventing soil erosion on your land.

GRASSED WATERWAYS

Grassed waterways prevent, you guessed it, soil erosion. Instead of allowing water to flow uncontrolled over your land forming rills and gullies, grassed waterways convey water to an outlet in a slowed and controlled manner. As with other best management practices, grassed waterways are good for water quality. They can even provide habitat for wildlife. Grassed waterways also have some advantages over tile, as we have observed in the past several years of heavy rains and flooding, not to mention the cost savings of grassed waterways. BSRP can help cost-share the seed and engineering of grassed waterways.

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GRASS SEEDING

BSRP can help connect landowners and operators with resources for grass seeding, whether it be for a waterway, buffer strip that needs a little push, or for a wildlife habitat area. BSRP can also cost-shares grass seed and planting when it is a benefit to water quality.

TREE PLANTING

BSRP can help connect landowners and operators with resources for buying and planting trees. On occasion, shelter belts are included in our RAM and SRAM plans. Trees are another great way to support wildlife, water, and soil health. 

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BANK AND SHORELINE STABILIZATION

BSRP has been a part of planning and installing rip-rap and unstable banks. On occasion, we still implement this practice and work with producers and engineers to come up with a plan that works. However, SRAM and RAM are now more favored for shore-stabilization. The roots of prairie grasses are exceptionally good at growing a deep, interconnected, strong net to stabilize shoreline. 

NUTRIENT MANAGEMENT PLANNING

BSRP offers nutrient management planning services to assist producers with the best plan for their land. Barry Berg is a certified nutrient management specialist, and the BSRP can connect producers with other resources, too.

Flexible Payment Planning
 

Interested in working with us? Please fill out the application form with a brief description of what you're hoping to accomplish on your land. Not sure what you'd like to do? We'll give you a call!

 

BSRP CROPPING MANAGEMENT APPLICATION

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