In this issue: Days suitable for fieldwork, Rain and drought, Crop mix and tillage, Corn market wading in water and more.
A monthly update on commodities and conservation aspects relevant to Louisiana farmers
Information on Louisiana farmers from the latest Agricultural census
Description on conservation practices trend in Louisiana
The article provides an update to conservation program payments for 2019
Article about conservation and cropland values
A tool to allow farmers to estimate costs of cover crop implementation and management.
Cover crop acres in Louisiana are on an upward trend.
CSP and EQIP Spending in Louisiana
Combining appropriate cover crop and conservation tillage methods are eligible for cot-share incentives from NRCS.
conservation practices can reduce the vulnerability of production systems to natural events and can minimize the risk of production loss
Cover crops are widely considered as an effective means for improving soil health; however, there are several questions surrounding their adoption.
The Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) allows farmers and landowners to adopt voluntary conservation activities to mitigate resource concerns.
Soil health management practices are greatly supported, through financial and technical assistance, by conservation agencies to preserve land productivity.
The economics and adoption of surge values in irrigation of row crops indicate that investment in such efficiency improvements will improve farm profits.
Understanding irrigation efficiency improvements and how such changes influence farm profitability is important when making investments in such improvements.
Farmers must understand the changes proposed to the nations biggest conservation program.
Irrigation water management concepts and terms defined so anyone can communicate about irrigation.
The document provides insight on the new ruling in NRCS-EQIP regarding irrigation history waiver and how such a policy change can be used.
Mississippi Delta region GW withdrawal permits continue at 18 ac-in for row crops and 36 ac-in for rice production, with new proposed changes to timeline.
The new Clean Water Rule became effective in August 2015. The fact sheet clarifies some of the definitions in the new rule comparing to the old rule.
Several changes were made to EQIP final rule released May 12, 2016 that included criteria related to the topic of irrigation.
The LSU AgCenter is collecting information regarding best management/ conservation practices used on Louisiana farms. If you grow field crops, raise livestock or are involved in an aquaculture operation in Louisiana, please take a few minutes to provide your input. If you do not have a field crop, animal or aquaculture operation in Louisiana, please do not complete this survey. You may receive this survey from other sources. Please complete it only one time.
Urban areas with their concentrations of people, vehicles, homes, parking lots, streets, small and large business, industry and sewage can create heavy loads of pollutants in their stormwater runoff.
Stormwater is the water that runs off the land following rains. It is the primary source of most of the water in our rivers and streams.
This page lists several questions for facility managers to help gauge a facility’s present water-efficiency performance.
Simple tips on how to conserve water in the workplace: educate your employees and coworkers; know your usage; identify and fix leaks; maximize the efficiency of your cooling tower; install water efficient equipment; minimize the use of water for cleaning purposes.
There are may easy and practical ways to cut back our water use in our yards and gardens.
There are many things everyone can do to help conserve water when they are at home.
Detecting and repairing leaks is one of the main components of water conservation. Old or poorly constructed pipelines, inadequate corrosion protection, poorly maintained valves and mechanical damage are some of the factors contributing to leakage.
Water loss from a water distribution system is a significant factor affecting water delivery to customers. Water loss can be either apparent losses due to meter inaccuracies or unauthorized consumption, or real losses due to leakage at water service lines.
Overview of methods used to conserve water and reduce pumping costs on farms.
The EPA Stormwater Phase II program went into effect March 10, 2003 for urbanized areas with population densities of over 1,000 people per square mile and other designated areas. At this time the Stormwater control program for all small construction sites (1 to 5 acres) also went into effect. The program requires all affected areas to obtain a general permit and to file a Stormwater Management Plan for their Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4).
Information from the Stormwater Academy workshop held on June 12, 2006.
Information from the The BMP Design Workshop held on June 13, 2006. The curriculum is primarily for engineers, landscape architects, architects and planners. Topics include: What is a Design Storm?, Stormwater BMP Maintenance, Stormwater Wetland Design and Bio-retention Design.
Discusses and demonstrates ways to prevent pollution in water.
Discusses the causes and mitigations of soil erosion by water through a presentation created by the NRCS.
Demonstrates the construction pollution prevention plan through images, illustrations, and examples.
Demonstrates construction BMP's through various images and illustrations. Topics include: Erosion Control, Sediment Control and Stormwater Management on Construction Sites and Urban Areas.
Discusses the Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) pertaining to storm water management on small construction sites.
Discusses the inspections and maintenance associated with handling storm water on small constructon sites.
On March 10, 2003, the Small Construction Site Stormwater Program went into effect.
12 topics covered include various practices that can contribute to non-point source pollution emanating from a home. Steps and practices are provided that can prevent non-point pollution from entering storm water runoff.
Giant salvinia is considered the most noxious aquatic plant species in the country.
To prevent the depletion of the Sparta Aquifer, it is mandatory that everyone conserve, and not waste, water. These nine tips will help sustain this valuable source of drinking water.
Total the number of times you do each of these activities throughout a week. Then multiply by the number of gallons of water used. You may be amazed, and dismayed, by how much water you waste.
Links to other useful sources on water quality.
A TMDL is a pollution budget for a specific waterbody (river, lake, stream, etc.). It is the maximum amount of a pollutant that can be released into a waterbody without causing the waterbody to become impaired and/or violate state water quality standards. Information on point and nonpoint sources and the history of TMDLs is included.
An online form to register for the Urban Stormwater Academy's Urban Stormwater Management Seminar on June 12 & 13, 2006.