In our neck of the woods, legislators trust producers’ good judgment to avoid spreading manure in conditions that could allow run-off to contaminate surface waters. The bad news is that if manure does make it to the water, a producer can face civil penalties ranging as high as $10,000—just the same as farmers in the Western Lake Erie Basin. Holmes SWCD DIstrict Technician John Lorson covers the details of this change in protocol and howSoil and Water staff members are always can help producers identify best management practices.
Soil loss may one of the most damaging aspects of production agriculture. It has a tremendous effect on both soil health and water quality. Under the best case scenario, soil can only rebuild at a rate of 0.24 tons per acre per year. When you’re losing soil, you’re losing both yield and money. Holmes SWCD Water Quality Technician Joe Christner helps you run the numbers and evaluate how topsoil loss may be affecting your bottom line.
We know that livestock have stomachs. We know that the basic function of the stomach is to convert what we feed our animals to nutrients they can use for growth and production. Because the income from our livestock is based on this process we make the effort to provide the management and feed for a healthy functioning stomach. But what about plants? Holmes SWCD Water Quality Technician Joe Christner gives you the scoop.
A good rotational grazing system begins with a forage system that allows the maximum number of grazing days per year with forages that are suited to the land, livestock, and manager's abilities and desires. Resource Conservationist Gina Schworm summarizes some important factors to consider in these areas.
Planning season is about as welcome as frozen water lines on many farms, but the successful development and implementation of these plans will bring benefits that endure for the next production year. The results are usually less immediate than that thawed water line, but no less valuable. Program Assistant Dean Slates walks you through the process.