Agriculture

CRWP Buffer Field Day, August 2016
CRWP Buffer Field Day, August 2016

Agriculture is the major land use in the Cannon River watershed. It plays an important role in our local economy and also in determining the health of our lakes, rivers, and streams through its impact on the environment.

CRWP’s agriculture program has two main focuses:

  • Improving soil health and water conservation through increasing the use of cover crops
  • Improving the health of high priority lakes and streams through targeted conservation practices

CRWP’s agriculture program’s work is carried out in partnership with the six Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) and six counties (Dakota, Le Sueur, Goodhue, Rice, Steele, and Waseca) that have land in the Cannon River watershed.

Encouraging Use of Cover Crops

Interseeding cover crops in standing corn in June at the V5-V7 stage
Annual rye seeded 40 days prior – June 27, 2016

We work to improve soil health on agricultural fields across the entire Cannon River watershed with a current focus on increasing the use of cover crops.

Click here to learn more about the benefits of cover crops and CRWP’s work on cover crops.

Creating Healthier Streams and Lakes

Improving storm water management
Gene Kuntz, CRWP Agriculture Program Consultant, assessing an area for future improvements to manage storm water retention.

We work to improve the health of high priority streams and lakes by working with farmers, landowners, and local government units to implement targeted conservation practices.

For example, we have been working to improve Rice Creek, a valuable habitat for native brook trout, though a grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Fishers and Farmers Partnership for the Upper Mississippi Basin.

Click here for more information on Rice Creek and CRWP’s work to protect it.

 


 Recent Program News

Buffer Field Day Addresses Questions of Implementation – Northfield News, August 2016

CRWP Receives New Cover Crop Grant, April 2016

CRWP’s cover crop work highlighted in Faribault Daily News, December 2015

CRWP Partners with Farmers to Experiment with Cover Crops, November 2015

Local Farmers and Conservation Professionals Learn about Soil Health in Trip to North Dakota, August 2015

Implementing Minnesota’s New Buffer Initiative

CRWP Buffer Forum draws over 150 people, April 2015