What is Streambank Erosion? Streambank erosion occurs when the force exerted by flowing water exceeds the resisting forces of bank materials and vegetation. Erosion occurs in many natural streams that have vegetated banks. However, land use changes or natural disturbances can cause the frequency and magnitude of water caused erosion to increase. Loss of streamside […]
What is Livestock Exclusion? Livestock Exclusion is the temporary or permanent exclusion of livestock from a designated area—often to protect streambanks, wetlands, woods, cropland, wildlife habitat or conservation buffers. Access controls can also be used to keep wildlife, people, and equipment out of an area. In most situations total exclusion of livestock from a stream […]
Benefits of Buffers: Reduces erosion from wind and water, Improves water quality by filtering sediment, pesticides, and nutrients before they enter the waterways, Reduces maintenance of drainage ditches and natural waterways, Works well for manure spreading setbacks, Can improve irrigation efficiency, Helpful in squaring up odd shaped fields, Provides habitat for pheasants, quail and other […]
Last fall I planted coneflowers in various gardens around my house. I had purchased them from native plant nurseries and received transplants from friends. They have been in full bloom now for several weeks and watching the bee, butterfly, fly, ant and frog activity has been a delight and an education. One of the best things we […]
Services offered by the Farm Service Agency part of the United States Department of Agriculture.
Mark Ludwig from the Allegan Conservation District explains how to deepen the root zone for better yeilds and lower environmental impacts. This is the golden age of crop production with new tools providing more information and options for farmers. Conservation tillage and continous no till methods allow soil life to thrive and provide a better […]
Michigan’s NRCS agronomist Jerry Grigar talks SOM – soil organic matter. Jerry explains the value of crop residues, demonstrates a spread sheet to predict SOM changes and explains why SOM rises and falls in soils.
Paul Gross of MSU Extension Talks about soil management, cover crops and give a slake test demonstration. The slake test measures soil stability due to soil life created “glues” that hold soil together when water is applied. All it takes to do this test is a jar, some hardware cloth (corse screen), water and dried […]
MAEAP is a voluntary program for farmers which measures their environmental risks and provides support while changes are made. Mike Ludlam from the Allegan Conservation District explains the program.
Do you have an Ash Tree that isn’t doing well and may be impacted by the Emerald Ash Borer? Are you concerned that there may be a problem with removing the tree? The documents attached to this post will help you identify if you have an Emerald Ash Borer problem, what you should do if […]