Stearns County SWCD Cover Crop Fall Field Day
9:00-9:30AM Site Background, Plot Details
9:30-10:15AM Soils Pit Investigation
Stearns SWCD will be taking Tree Orders for Spring Delivery!
The Stearns County Soil and Water Conservation District tree program was developed to provide landowners with an affordable and convenient way to purchase trees and shrubs for conservation practices, such as windbreaks, shelterbelts, living snowfences and wildlife habitat.
The tree program is on a first come, first serve basis. Payment in full is due with your order. You will be notified by post card when the trees can be picked up in Albany (usually end of April or beginning of May).
Trees are sold in bundles of 25 with a minimum order of 2 bundles (50 trees). CHECK AVAILBILITY HERE: click here for more info.
The MN DNR is also currently accepting tree orders (min purchase is 500 trees). more info.
Local NRCS Employee Highlighted
Stearns County USDA/NRCS employee Sangeetha Gummadi is featured in the August/September Central Minnesota Women Magazine.
Sangeetha talks about growing up in Minnesota and her career as a soil conservationist with the United States Department of Agriculture.
The Lake Koronis Project
The Stearns County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) has received a Clean Water Partnership Grant from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) to work with the public in an effort to protect and/or improve the water quality of Lake Koronis. Click here for more information.
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Local Area Chosen as Pilot for Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program
The Middle Sauk River in Stearns County was recently selected to be one of 4 pilot areas for the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program. This voluntary effort is the results of local-state-federal partnerships and looks to accelerate water quality improvements while recognizing the efforts of our local producers. The photo shows Stearns County SWCD Board member Chuck Uphoff with Governor Mark Dayton and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack (seated) at the pilot area announcement event.
For more information on this new program please contact the Stearns SWCD office at 320-251-7800 Ext. 3 or you can read more on the Mn Department of Agriculture website here.
Fitting Cover Crops into Your Rotation
Cover crops are an excellent way to build organic matter, protect soil from erosion, fight weeds, capture nutrients, and even provide supplemental forage; they help mimic a natural system where there is cover year round when interseeded into or planted after cash crops. When planting cover crops you can look at your specific goals and consider legumes for a nitrogen source, nutrient recovery and increased infiltration with deep rooted brassicas (i.e. turnips and radishes), or try a mixture that will cover multiple resource concerns. One helpful tool is the Cover Crop Decision Tool offered by the Midwest Cover Crops Council http://www.mccc.msu.edu/index.htm.
WANTED: Places to Install Raingardens, Native Buffers, and Shoreline Restoration Projects
The Stearns County Soil and Water Conservation District is looking for property owners within Stearns County that are interested in completing a raingarden, native buffer, or lakeshore restoration project. Interested? Click here.
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SWCD Press Releases
- 2014 Fall Cover Crop Field Day
- 2014 Cover Crops Field Day
- 2014 MN Envirothon
- 2013 MASWCD Media Award - Paula Mohr
- On Farm Energy Savings Surprising Quick Return
- Stearns SWCD Partners with Conservation Corps MN
- Cover Crop Field Day 2013
- MN Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program
- MRBI Targeted Funding Success Story
- Conservation Help Available to Improve Soil, Profitability
Past Press Releases Click here...
Other News Click here...
greenstarfarms.org - How Does Your Stewardship Rate?
FREE posters available!
The On-Farm Network® is here.
The Stearns County SWCD is partnering with the On-Farm Network® to assist farmers in implementing stalk nitrate evaluations to help them fine tune Nitrogen management in corn production. Click here for more information.
Learn about Pheasants Forever.
Check out the video at the bottom of the Pheasants Forever page. Click here...
Want to learn about the soil on your property?
Check out the Web Soil Survey Click here...
Department of Natural Resources is taking tree orders (minimum order 500 trees). Click here for more information.
Mississippi River Basin Initiative Program
The Stearns SWCD and partners have been awarded over $4 million for projects that will protect and restore the waters of the Sauk River. Working with many partners, the SWCD will provide assistance to producers to reduce nitrogen and phosphorus while supporting agricultural productively and wildlife habitat. Learn more...