Buffer Law Updates

For more information on the buffer law please take a look at the Board of Water & Soil Resources website and the Minnesota DNR website by following the links below.

http://www.bwsr.state.mn.us/buffers/

http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/buffers/index.html

 

 

Seeding Services

SWCD Offers Seed Sales & Seeding as a New Service

The Chippewa County Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) is now offering Landowners the opportunity to buy native grass seed and other cool and warm season mixes. Landowners also have the option to have seed planted by the SWCD.

Chippewa SWCD can plant warm and cool season grass plantings as well as certain wildlife food plot mixtures ranging from small seed mixes on up to large seed mixes.

Drill service includes 1 operator, tractor and drill.  The price for seeding is charged by the amount of acres planted plus mobilization fees:

    • $100 flat mobilization fee within Chippewa County (add $1.00 per mile for out of County Projects)
    • $25/acre planting fee ($100 minimum planting fee for 4 acres and less)
  • If a landowner chooses to purchase seed through the SWCD, the prices will vary on seed type and quantity.

 

Seeding Dates:

Warm season grasses require soil temperatures of at least 50 degrees before they will germinate. This is 8 to 10 degrees warmer than the requirement for cool season grasses. Therefore, the optimal seeding time for planting warm season grasses, either alone or in combination with cool season grasses, usually occurs between mid-spring and early summer when moisture and temperature are most favorable.  May 15th to June 30th is the typical window for planting warm season grasses in this area.

Note: Late April through June is a busy time for the district.  The tree program is usually in full swing at the same time CRP and other grass plantings need to be planted.  Contacting the district early on to get on the list for planting is crucial.  Unfortunately there will be a limit to how many acres can be planted each spring by the district.

Seedbed Condition:

Note: It is the landowners’ responsibility to prepare a decent seedbed before planting.

A firm seedbed is very important when seeding native grasses.  The districts Truax seed drill needs a firm seedbed in order to turn the double disc openers properly which is crucial for seed planting depth.  A firm seedbed also helps conserve moisture and ensure good seed to soil contact which is critical for adequate germination and an overall successful planting.  IMPORTANT: Recently tilled ground should be packed with a coil or roller packer, or something equivalent prior to planting. The seedbed is considered firm enough when an adult’s footprint penetrates no more than 1/4 to 1/2 inch deep.  For example: untilled bean stubble works great for seeding with the Truax drill.

 

To order seed or get on the seeding list, please contact Zach or Tom at:

320-269-2139 ext.105 – Zach

320-269-2139 ext.115 – Tom

 

Plant A Tree

What steps do you take if you are planning a conservation tree planting?

  1. Decide where and what you are doing: a windbreak, windbreak renovation, field windbreak or wildlife planting.
  2. Call the conservation office for an appointment to set up a time to go over the site.
  3. A plan will be drawn up, trees recommended, soil map checked to determine what kind of trees will grow there and amount of room needed.
  4. Site preparation is done in the fall or spring.
  5. Trees are ordered in the fall for spring delivery. The earlier the order, the better chance of receiving the tree varieties you want.
  6. Trees are planted in the spring. We have a tree planter and planting charges are included in the cost of the trees. (We hand plant for $1.00 per 1 gallon potted evergreen and $2.00 per 2 gallon potted evergreen.)
  7. Tree maintenance includes keeping them weed free and watered as needed. Several ways of keeping them weed free is using rolls of fabric matting, tree matt squares, or chemical control.

Kids Poster Contest

2016 Poster Contest ThemeNACD Logo_Final_PTHS

 

“We All Need Trees”

2016 5th Grade Poster Contest Winners

Past Conservationist

Steve Nokleby, 2013 Conservationist of the Year.

steve-noklebyThe Chippewa Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors chose to pay tribute to the memory of Steve Nokleby and nominated  him as their recipient of the 2013 Conservationist of the Year Award.   Steve served on the Chippewa SWCD Board of Supervisors from 2001 to 2013.  Steve passed away in March of 2013.

Steve was previously honored as the Conservationist of the Year in 1989.  Nokleby farmed in Mandt township in Chippewa County.  At that time, Steve used ridge till to control wind and water erosion and developed a more complete resource management system. Steve was one of the first to use no-till practices in Mandt township.   He used no-till and ridge till methods to enhance resource benefits, cut his operational expenses and save time.  Steve started farming in partnership with his dad, Arnold in 1974.  In 1989, he was recognized for other conservation practices such as farmstead windbreaks, and CRP filter strips.

Steve was active in Corn Growers Association, Soybean Growers Association, Farm Bureau and Jevnaker Lutheran church, a long-time Pioneer Seed and Precision Planting Dealer.

More recently, Steve participated in the Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) enrolling 250 acres of No till, Nutrient Management and Pest Management.  He also enrolled 1003.6 acres in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) and completed enhancements such as using nitrogen stabilizers and doing plant tissue testing for nitrogen management

Nokleby FieldDuring his tenure on the Chippewa SWCD Board, Steve served as the Chippewa River Watershed Project Committee representative.  He was a strong supporter of the work done by the Chippewa  River Watershed Project and was an advocate for finding ways to positively impact water quality in his operation.  Steve recognized that certain practices in the agricultural community could be improved upon and was very willing to try new practices.  In 2010, Steve partnered with the Chippewa River Watershed Project on a Drainage Water Management Project.  His project included the installation of three inline water level control structures in field that had existing pattern tile.  The retrofits to the system allowed Nokleby to vary the depth of the drainage outlet thoughout the year to maximize production and lower and have more influence on the runoff water leaving his system and entering downstream waters.  Steve’s common sense approach to conservation, his valuable input at watershed meetings, and his cooperative nature made him valued partner of the Chippewa River Watershed Project.

We lost a true conservation friend, Steve Nokleby.   Our deepest condolences to his wife Susan, son, Adam, and daughter, Jessica.

 

 

Soil Demo Video

View Chippewa SWCD Soil Demonstration

In this demo both samples are mapped as J51A Bearden-Quam, were collected on the same day and air dried. The sample on the left was taken from a corn, soybean, sugar beet, and wheat rotation with conventional tillage including fall chisel and spring field cultivating. The sample on the right was taken from a wildlife management area that was planted back to native grasses 6 years ago.

Check out our Annual Report!

Check out our annual report for 2015 to find out about our new seed drill program, staff and board members, as well as information about installing/modifying drainage systems, WCA, CRP, cost share, and many other programs and accomplishments made by the SWCD this year!

2015 Annual Report

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Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program

Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program

The Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP) is a voluntary opportunity for farmers and agricultural landowners to take the lead in implementing conservation practices that protect our water. Those who implement and maintain approved farm management practices will be certified and in turn obtain regulatory certainty for a period of ten years.

Through this program, certified producers receive:

  • Regulatory certainty: certified producers are deemed to be in compliance with any new water quality rules or laws during the period of certification
  • Recognition: certified producers may use their status to promote their business as protective of water quality
  • Priority for technical assistance: producers seeking certification can obtain specially designated technical and financial assistance to implement practices that promote water quality

Through this program, the public receives:

  • Assurance that certified producers are using conservation  practices to protect Minnesota’s lakes, rivers and streams

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For a video about MAWQCP please click the link below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AENd95KuVyg

For more information about MAWQCP please contact Tom Warner at 320-269-2139 ext. 115 or email mda.mawqcp@state.mn.us

*Information from http://www.mda.state.mn.us/awqcprogram.aspx