With roots in Brookings, South Dakota, Millborn Seeds helps bring to life healthy vegetation across the midwestern landscape.
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2011 CRP General Sign Up Begins March 14
Landowners eager to re-enroll marginal acres in the 2011 Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general sign up March 14 through April 15 need to focus on their land's environmental benefit index (EBI) says Matt Morlock, farm bill biologist with Pheasants Forever.
"Whether your land gets accepted or not is based on the land's EBI score. The higher the score, the better your chances are of getting in," said Morlock, who aids landowners in signing up for conservation programs.
In South Dakota, he says there is only one way to improve an EBI score on existing acres.
"What you choose to plant for cover is the only way to improve a score in South Dakota," Morlock said.
With about 4.5 million acres schedule to expire September 30, Morlock expects a lot of competition during this general enrollment as many landowners to take advantage of this sign up to re-enroll.
"Each year a point threshold is implemented but not released. Although all existing CRP acres should qualify, if you only have a 10 point cover, don't expect it to have a good chance of being re-accepted into the program," Morlock said.
Influenced by the decline in bee populations nationwide, he says the EBI focus for the 2011 general enrollment is on diversity of seed planting.
"There is a push for diverse, bee pollinator plantings on CRP land to help encourage bee populations," Morlock said.
He encourages landowners to focus on CP 25 - a conservation practice which includes planting eight species of native grasses and seven species of native forbs/wildflowers.
"The key is planting the most diverse seed mix," Morlock said.
Weed control is possible with Wildflowers
Fortunately, we are able to develop herbicide tolerant mixes that meet CP 25 specifications. Thanks to Plateau, a pre-emergent herbicides used to establish native species and Milestone, a post-emergent herbicide designed to primarily to control thistles and other broadleaf weeds.
When you choose to work with Millborn Seeds, we offer a Stand Establishment Guarantee.
To learn how you can increase your land's EBI score and receive Millborn Seeds' Stand Establishment Guarantee, contact Jason Tronbak 888-498-7333 or email@example.com. Matt Morlock can be reached at 605-881-8258 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Double Cropping Begins with Cool Season Forages this Spring
By planting cool season forages like oats, barley, triticale or forage peas this spring, cattle producers can harvest their hay or silage by the first part of July and still have time to plant a warm season forage on the same acres, doubling their production per acre.
For producers looking for a high yielding, high protein forage option, I suggest planting a mixture of cool season forages.
Oats, barley and triticale make high yielding hay, and work great for a filler and roughage in the diet. Forage peas increase a forage's protein content by 2 to 3 percent. If livestock producers want to boost protein in the diet, they can add a forage pea to the mixture and come out with about 12-15 percent protein for the total mixture.
If a producer plans to chop silage, I suggest two options - Everleaf 126 Forage Oats or Forage Soybeans.
Everleaf Forage Oats yield 4 to 7 more tons per acre than traditional oats - on average 7 to 10 tons per acre.
Standing 4 to 5 feet tall, forage soybeans' main purpose is not to produce a seed, but to produce abundant, high-protein silage. One of the attractive side benefits to the forage soybeans is the fact they break the corn on corn silage cycle and fix nitrogen back into the soil.
I look forward to seeing producers plant Forage Soybeans and Everleaf 126 Forage Oats together this season.
To learn what forage or silage options will work best in your operation contact me at 888-498-7333 or email@example.com .
Double Stocking for Maximum Profit
The data proved that doubling the number of cattle grazing per acre increased gain per acre by 15 to 25 percent, even though it showed a 10-15 percent decline in individual performance.
"We've started to see some big blue stem, Indian grass and little blue stem in areas where we didn't think they existed," Mousel says.
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