Madison County Soil & Water Conservation District

Madison County Soil & Water Conservation District Madison County SWCD is a legal subdivision of state government that is managed by a board of five elected commissioners. We work together with our partners (including the USDA-NRCS and IDALS) to address local natural resource concerns in our district.

MISSION STATEMENT
The mission of the Madison County Soil & Water Conservation District to conserve, protect, and enhance our resources for current and future generations by providing information and assistance to landowners, operators, and residents of Madison County.

Operating as usual

Good information from Mark Licht (Iowa State University Extension and Outreach)By the way, if you're interested in cost ...
06/23/2021
Overseeding cover crops — what to consider

Good information from Mark Licht (Iowa State University Extension and Outreach)

By the way, if you're interested in cost share for cover crops, the WQI sign-up is open NOW! Contact Anna at the office (515-462-2961 x3) for more information or to apply.

Corn Source: Despite challenges with overseeding cover crops, it allows seeding when there are fewer labor demands, and gives time for more biomass growth.

06/21/2021

For #PollinatorWeek, Farmers for Monarchs and Honey Bee Health Coalition shared a few simple steps you can take to support pollinator health and habitat. To learn more about what else you can do, visit honeybeehealthcoalition.org and farmersformonarchs.org 🦋🐝

#pollinators

Tuesday, June 15th is the deadline to certify your cover crops with FSA for the Pandemic Cover Crop Program at $5/acre. ...
06/09/2021

Tuesday, June 15th is the deadline to certify your cover crops with FSA for the Pandemic Cover Crop Program at $5/acre.

Call Madison County FSA to MAKE AN APPOINTMENT to certify: 515-462-4884 ext. 2.

Cover crops offer conservation and production benefits. Now, we’re offering benefits on your crop insurance premiums, too! Discounts up to $5/acre of cover crops. Boost your soil health and your bottom line. Learn more: https://bit.ly/3vGEXX5

Timeline Photos
06/07/2021

Timeline Photos

American farmers are conservationists at heart, but it can be a challenge to know where to start when it comes to conservation planning. Finding the right technical assistance and determining whether a conservation practice actually works for your land isn’t always easy.

The Resource Stewardship Planning Guide is now available to help.
Learn More: https://bit.ly/3idUWrs

We used to think that MULTIFLORA ROSE was a good thing and planted it on purpose...  Whoops!  Now farmers and land manag...
06/04/2021

We used to think that MULTIFLORA ROSE was a good thing and planted it on purpose... Whoops! Now farmers and land managers are battling it.

Luckily, Meaghan Anderson and Bob Hartzler from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach have shared some tips for managing multiflora rose effectively in spring: https://www.farmprogress.com/crops/manage-multiflora-rose-effectively-spring

(Image from the Winterset Madisonian ... thanks to the Winterset Public Library for providing access to these historical news articles!)

We used to think that MULTIFLORA ROSE was a good thing and planted it on purpose... Whoops! Now farmers and land managers are battling it.

Luckily, Meaghan Anderson and Bob Hartzler from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach have shared some tips for managing multiflora rose effectively in spring: https://www.farmprogress.com/crops/manage-multiflora-rose-effectively-spring

(Image from the Winterset Madisonian ... thanks to the Winterset Public Library for providing access to these historical news articles!)

This Virtual Learning Session hosted by the Women, Land and Legacy state team is coming up soon!  RSVP (contact Anna) by...
06/03/2021

This Virtual Learning Session hosted by the Women, Land and Legacy state team is coming up soon! RSVP (contact Anna) by noon on Monday, June 7th to register to participate.

The Women, Land and Legacy state team is hosting a virtual Learning Session: "The Carbon Market: Soil Health, Carbon Sequestration and Economics"!

The carbon market is of interest to so many, although most feel that they don't understand it. Join us June 15th from 2-4 pm on Zoom to learn more!

RSVP through your WLL Local Team (see flyer for contact info) by June 4th. Space is limited!

Certify your 2020 cover crops with FSA by June 15, 2021 for the Pandemic Cover Crop Program at $5/acre.  To make an appo...
06/03/2021

Certify your 2020 cover crops with FSA by June 15, 2021 for the Pandemic Cover Crop Program at $5/acre.

To make an appointment with Madison County FSA, call 515-462-4884 ext. 2.

Recently, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Risk Management Agency's (RMA) new Pandemic Cover Crop Program (PCCP) was announced. The PCCP, modeled off Iowa's successful crop insurance discount program, offers a $5 per acre discount on spring crop insurance premiums for producers who planted cover crops in the fall of 2020. Farmers who applied for Iowa's crop insurance discount program last winter are also eligible to apply for the PCCP.

Secretary Mike Naig encourages eligible farmers and landowners to apply for the PCCP and can do so by filing a Report of Acreage Form with their local USDA Service Center by June 15. Click the link to learn more about this opportunity: bit.ly/USDARMAPCCP. #IowaAg

"Crop production and conservation don't have to exist in separate silos. In fact, the two can work well in tandem."
05/28/2021
Integrating conservation practices and cash crops

"Crop production and conservation don't have to exist in separate silos. In fact, the two can work well in tandem."

Prescriptive conservation program uses data to implement conservation practices in low-yielding areas of fields to boost overall profitability.

The new "Profiles in the Wonders of Iowa's Wetlands" video series kicks off during #AmericanWetlandsMonth with a webinar...
05/24/2021
Iowa Wetlands the Focus of Monthly Webinar Series

The new "Profiles in the Wonders of Iowa's Wetlands" video series kicks off during #AmericanWetlandsMonth with a webinar on Tuesday, May 25 at 7pm!

https://www.extension.iastate.edu/news/iowa-wetlands-focus-monthly-webinar-series

Video series developed by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Iowa Nutrient Research Center at the Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; funded by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources' Wildlife Diversity Program.

Learn about Iowa's wetlands during a series of monthly webinars from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Iowa Nutrient Research Center.

Happy Soil & Water Conservation Week!  To celebrate, we're introducing our current board of commissioners.  #SWCW21
05/19/2021

Happy Soil & Water Conservation Week! To celebrate, we're introducing our current board of commissioners. #SWCW21

Happy Soil & Water Conservation Week! To celebrate, we're introducing our current board of commissioners. #SWCW21

Interested in cost share for COVER CROPS, no-till/strip-till, or applying a nitrification inhibitor?  Call the Madison C...
05/14/2021

Interested in cost share for COVER CROPS, no-till/strip-till, or applying a nitrification inhibitor?

Call the Madison County SWCD to make arrangements to sign up!

Farmers and landowners can sign up now for state cost share funds to help adopt soil health and water quality practices! The funding can be used for in-field management practices, including planting cover crops, transitioning acres to no-till/strip-till soil management, or applying a nitrification inhibitor. For more information, check out: bit.ly/StateCostShareFunds. #CoverIowa #CleanWaterIowa #IowaAg

Fun fact for American Wetlands Month:  Madison County has two CREP wetlands that were designed to reduce nitrates in the...
05/13/2021
Wetlands in the Agricultural Landscape: Nitrate Reduction and More

Fun fact for American Wetlands Month: Madison County has two CREP wetlands that were designed to reduce nitrates in the water - one in Badger Creek Lake Watershed and one in Cedar Lake Watershed :)

Kay Stefanik | Assistant Director, Iowa Nutrient Research Center Happy American Wetlands Month! May is a wonderful time to recognize and celebrate all the benefits that wetlands provide to humans …

A good reminder to all during #Plant21 and throughout the year!
05/10/2021
Sharing rural roads takes patience, caution

A good reminder to all during #Plant21 and throughout the year!

With planting season underway, motorists need to slow down and be patient, and farmers need to make sure equipment is marked and intentions are recognized.

Three weeks left (until the May 24th deadline) to nominate a farmer or landowner deserving of this award!
05/03/2021

Three weeks left (until the May 24th deadline) to nominate a farmer or landowner deserving of this award!

The nomination deadline for the 2021 Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Award is extended! If you know a farmer or a landowner who incorporates best management practices into their operations, please nominate them by Monday, May 24th. For more information and to access the form, please check out: bit.ly/IFELA21. #IowaAg

Happy Soil & Water Conservation Week!  To celebrate, we're introducing our current board of commissioners.  #SWCW21
04/29/2021

Happy Soil & Water Conservation Week! To celebrate, we're introducing our current board of commissioners. #SWCW21

Happy Soil & Water Conservation Week! To celebrate, we're introducing our current board of commissioners. #SWCW21

Happy Soil & Water Conservation Week!  To celebrate, we're introducing our current board of commissioners.  #SWCW21
04/28/2021

Happy Soil & Water Conservation Week! To celebrate, we're introducing our current board of commissioners. #SWCW21

Happy Soil & Water Conservation Week! To celebrate, we're introducing our current board of commissioners. #SWCW21

Happy Soil & Water Conservation Week!  To celebrate, we're introducing our current board of commissioners.  #SWCW21
04/28/2021

Happy Soil & Water Conservation Week! To celebrate, we're introducing our current board of commissioners. #SWCW21

Happy Soil & Water Conservation Week! To celebrate, we're introducing our current board of commissioners. #SWCW21

Happy Soil & Water Conservation Week!  To celebrate, we're introducing our current board of commissioners.  #SWCW21
04/28/2021

Happy Soil & Water Conservation Week! To celebrate, we're introducing our current board of commissioners. #SWCW21

Happy Soil & Water Conservation Week! To celebrate, we're introducing our current board of commissioners. #SWCW21

Happy Soil & Water Conservation Week!To celebrate, we'll be introducing our current board of commissioners!  #SWCW21
04/28/2021

Happy Soil & Water Conservation Week!

To celebrate, we'll be introducing our current board of commissioners! #SWCW21

Happy Soil & Water Conservation Week!

To celebrate, we'll be introducing our current board of commissioners! #SWCW21

04/28/2021

Next week, April 25th through May 2nd, is Soil and Water Conservation Week! This is a great opportunity to highlight soil health and water quality initiatives you see across the state. Join the conversation and learn how you can take action by engaging in conservation efforts at http://bit.ly/SoilWaterConservationWeek. #SWCW21 #CleanWaterIowa #IowaAg

May 7th is 2 weeks from today!Specific targets include the National Water Quality Initiative (note: CEDAR LAKE WATERSHED...
04/23/2021
NRCS_Iowa on Twitter

May 7th is 2 weeks from today!

Specific targets include the National Water Quality Initiative (note: CEDAR LAKE WATERSHED is eligible for NWQI!) and WILDLIFE HABITATS Initiative (including pollinator plantings and forestry), plus LIVESTOCK-related applications (e.g., pasture improvements).
https://twitter.com/IowaNRCS/status/1383052444251267074

“Reminder to IA Farmers: May 7 is next application cutoff to rank EQIP applications. USDA Service Centers are now open by appt. Please call or email your local office. https://t.co/eSZLjWIJXQ https://t.co/9gbRjmj4JE @IADeptAg @practicalfarmer”

Happy 51st Earth Day !We’ve had some staff transitions over the past year (new faces, people moving on to new positions...
04/23/2021

Happy 51st Earth Day !

We’ve had some staff transitions over the past year (new faces, people moving on to new positions) but we didn’t get a chance to take updated photos for this year, so we’re reusing the photo from last year ... it can be a TBT thing, too :)

Happy Earth Day from the Winterset Field Office!

The field office may be closed to visitors during the COVID-19 crisis, but staff are still working (although mostly remotely) and still committed to "helping people help the land"!

We periodically get questions about controlling excessive aquatic vegetation in ponds, and we usually refer people to th...
04/16/2021

We periodically get questions about controlling excessive aquatic vegetation in ponds, and we usually refer people to the resources on the Iowa Department of Natural Resources' "Iowa Ponds" webpage.

There's a link at the end of this news release:
https://www.iowadnr.gov/About-DNR/DNR-News-Releases/ArticleID/3479/Time-to-start-planning-to-control-plants-in-Iowa-ponds

We periodically get questions about controlling excessive aquatic vegetation in ponds, and we usually refer people to the resources on the Iowa Department of Natural Resources' "Iowa Ponds" webpage.

There's a link at the end of this news release:
https://www.iowadnr.gov/About-DNR/DNR-News-Releases/ArticleID/3479/Time-to-start-planning-to-control-plants-in-Iowa-ponds

Yesterday was the anniversary of Hugh Hammond Bennett's birthday ... he's known as the "Father of Soil Conservation."
04/16/2021

Yesterday was the anniversary of Hugh Hammond Bennett's birthday ... he's known as the "Father of Soil Conservation."

Happy 140th Birthday to SWCS Founder Hugh Hammond Bennett - born on April 15th, 1881, in Anson County, North Carolina. From all of us at SWCS, we hope you are well celebrated!

This is going to be good - the TOP FINALIST VIDEOS will be premiered during the webinar!"Held during the spring 2021 sem...
04/13/2021
April 14 Webinar: Cyclone Soil Health Sweepstakes Showcase

This is going to be good - the TOP FINALIST VIDEOS will be premiered during the webinar!

"Held during the spring 2021 semester, the Cyclone Soil Health Sweepstakes invited current students at Iowa State University to form a team of creative minds and produce an original 3 – 5 minute video that demonstrates the importance of soil health to a specified audience.

"Following the webinar, the videos will be posted to the Iowa Learning Farms page and attendees are encouraged to go vote for their favorite by Sunday, April 18th."

The Iowa Learning Farms webinar at noon on Wednesday, April 14 will feature a showcase of the videos submitted to the Cyclone Soil Health Sweepstakes. Held during the spring 2021 semester, the Cy…

Good information here about cover crop TERMINATION METHODS and SUCCESS RATES, PLANTER SETTINGS, and other helpful tips!
04/09/2021
Spring Cover Crop Termination Tips & More!

Good information here about cover crop TERMINATION METHODS and SUCCESS RATES, PLANTER SETTINGS, and other helpful tips!

Last spring the Whole Farm Conservation Best Practices Manual was released and offers some great tips for spring management of cover crops – from termination to planter settings and more! Cov…

Madison County SWCD Commissioners will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, April 14 at 7:30pm on Zoom.To participate, r...
04/07/2021

Madison County SWCD Commissioners will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, April 14 at 7:30pm on Zoom.

To participate, register by noon on Tuesday, April 13th by emailing Anna or calling the office.

Madison County SWCD Commissioners will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, April 14 at 7:30pm on Zoom.

To participate, register by noon on Tuesday, April 13th by emailing Anna or calling the office.

Dr. Rick Cruse is presenting today's Iowa Learning Farms webinar at noon!  He "will share examples of temporal soil loss...
03/31/2021

Dr. Rick Cruse is presenting today's Iowa Learning Farms webinar at noon!

He "will share examples of temporal soil loss patterns during the year, as well as locations most susceptible to soil loss. He will also illustrate the impact of spring planting time and production of biomass crops on soil erosion rates."

March 31 ILF Webinar: When, Where and Why Soil Erosion Occurs and When, Where and How Do We Control It - https://mailchi.mp/iastate/bk4pkpu393-1354512

Good day for a webinar - especially this one, as cover crops are greening up this spring!  Tune in at noon!
03/24/2021
March 24 Webinar: Economic Considerations on Cover Crop Adoption

Good day for a webinar - especially this one, as cover crops are greening up this spring! Tune in at noon!

Learn about the economics of cover crops during the Iowa Learning Farms webinar on Wednesday, March 24 at noon. Alejandro Plastina, associate professor and extension economist at Iowa State Univers…

Happy National Ag Day!It’s a good day to say, “Thank You, Madison County Conservation Farmers!”There’s no date on this g...
03/23/2021

Happy National Ag Day!

It’s a good day to say, “Thank You, Madison County Conservation Farmers!”

There’s no date on this giant blast-from-the-past Thank You card we found in the Winterset Field Office, but it’s got to be from before 1994 (when the SCS became the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the ASCS merged with other USDA agencies to become the Farm Service Agency).

03/23/2021

There are more than seven billion people in the world —
that’s over seven billion mouths to feed every day. During this #NationalAgWeek we'd like to thank the producers that have made this possible!

#thankafarmer

Have a plan to make sure you maximize your cover crop benefits while doing right by the next crop!
03/18/2021

Have a plan to make sure you maximize your cover crop benefits while doing right by the next crop!

As spring planting nears, Secretary Mike Naig encourages farmers and landowners to develop a plan to terminate their cover crops. Here are six tips for cover crop success: http://bit.ly/SpringCoverCropPlan. #IowaAg

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