Farm Service Agency participants are required to maintain conservation reserve program acres according to the conservation plan agreed to with the Natural Resources Conservation Service.
All CRP maintenance activities must be conducted outside the primary nesting season for wildlife and in accordance with the conservation plan. The primary nesting season is March 1 through July 15.
Spot treatment of the acreage to control noxious and invasive species may be allowed during the primary nesting season if prior approval is received from the Wyandot County FSA county committee.
Each producer’s mid-contract management activities can be started at this time. This includes light disking, herbicide treatment and mowing, but not actual seeding. Seeding can be completed from April 1 to May 10 or Aug. 1 to Sept. 15. When a producer has completed the activities of the MCM, he or she should remember to bring in bills and a signed completion form so cost share can be completed.
Those not involved with MCM activities who are having problems with noxious and invasive species can control them with spot mowing at this time. Cosmetic or recreational mowing is not allowed on the CRP acreage.
Producers also are reminded the CRP fields are not the place to leave anything that will compromise the cover for that practice. This includes equipment, hay bales or any stock piling of items. Remember what the purpose of the program is and protect the cover and this will keep each producer in compliance with the rules.
By CHARLOTTE SCHMACHTENBERGER