With the growing season now in full swing, most producers are caught up in the field with crop maintenance, harvest, or dealing with weeds and other pests. Having the time to think about anything other than these pressing jobs can be difficult to find.
However, as the summer marches on, I invite all growers to take a few minutes to consider how the majority of production challenges – weeds, insects, pests, diseases, nutrient problems, irrigation limitations, etc. – are also linked to challenges in managing natural resources on your farm. That is, production practices that improve soil and water quality (i.e. conservation practices) generally result in better management of weeds and other pests, and healthier crops.
If you want help implementing conservation practices on your farm, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides financial and technical assistance to do so. Therefore, in this month’s Expert Tip, we touch on the two NRCS programs in place to help growers improve conservation efforts on the farm and point out that the deadline for one of these programs is fast approaching.