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Conservation Corner

Cover that expensive soil, don’t let it blow away.

Tue, May 01, 2018

I had a discussion with a local farmer who told me that some cropland in Tazewell County recently went for $15,000 an acre at an auction!  With land costing that much why would you allow it to erode and be subject to wind erosion?

Another farmer commented on how after the dust storms last year that he gained more top soil on his farm because he was using cover crops and no till.  However his neighbors were not so their topsoil was blowing onto his land. 

In the last couple of days, I have heard about a 20 car pile up out in Nebraska on the interstate that caused a death.  Totally unneeded, all because of the cropland being worked for planting and not being covered with no till and cover crops to hold the soil in place.

Over the weekend, there was a dirty rain overnight that carried topsoil with it from the west and covered cars from Central Illinois to Chicago.  Chicago meteorologists were talking about this coming from out west. 

How can you help hold your soil in place?  Read the attached link for more information.


NRCS is always taking applications for EQIP for cover crops, no till, strip till and other conservation practices.  CSP can also help with no till, strip till and cover crops. Contact your local USDA NRCS Service Center for more information.