Madison County Soil & Water Conservation District

Madison County Soil & Water Conservation District Working in Madison County, Iowa to provide programs, funding, and technical assistance which will conserve our natural resources for all our futures.

MISSION STATEMENT The mission of the Madison County Soil & Water Conservation District is to provide programs, funding and technical assistance which will conserve our natural resources for all our futures.

Mission: The mission of the Madison County Soil & Water Conservation District is to provide programs, funding and technical assistance which will conserve our natural resources for all our futures.

Operating as usual

Yesterday was the Annual Operation & Maintenance Tour for Badger Creek Watershed.  We visited sites that had been repair...
08/13/2020

Yesterday was the Annual Operation & Maintenance Tour for Badger Creek Watershed.

We visited sites that had been repaired in recent years, and a site that will be getting worked on this summer. We also had a bonus stop at the Martens CREP Wetland at the headwaters of Badger Creek .

In addition to Madison County SWCD Commissioners, we were pleased to have representatives from Warren County SWCD, Madison County Board of Supervisors, Dallas County Board of Supervisors, Warren County Board of Supervisors, and the two candidates for the Madison County Board of Supervisors on the tour.

To learn more about Badger Creek Watershed, visit: http://madison-swcd.org/badger_creek_watershed.html

Did you know...FarmersGov (farmers.gov) has new CONSERVATION FEATURES that enable you to:• login to view, download, and ...
08/03/2020

Did you know...

FarmersGov (farmers.gov) has new CONSERVATION FEATURES that enable you to:
• login to view, download, and e-sign documents
• request conservation assistance
• view technical references and submit questions
• access information on current and past conservation practices
• view detailed information on all previous and ongoing contracts, including the amount of planned and received cost-share assistance

These conservation features join several others already available through the authenticated farmers.gov portal. NRCS has several how-to videos which walk you through how to use these new features.

Check out the YouTube playlist here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL4J8PxoprpGZ-GWjObKFQ6-ur121RKiGC

Two of Iowa's 90+ CREP wetlands are in Madison County (the Martens CREP Wetland in Badger Creek Lake Watershed, east of ...
06/24/2020
Iowa Learning Farms

Two of Iowa's 90+ CREP wetlands are in Madison County (the Martens CREP Wetland in Badger Creek Lake Watershed, east of Hwy 169; and the McNamara-Adams CREP Wetland in Cedar Lake Watershed, south of Hwy 92).

Tune into today's Iowa Learning Farms webinar at noon to learn about the benefits these wetlands are providing!

Iowa Learning Farms will host a webinar on Wednesday, June 24 at noon about the potential targeted wetland restorations have to reduce agricultural nutrient loads. William Crumpton speaks to a water quality field day group at a CREP wetland in Pocahontas County Over the past 15 years, over 90 wetlands have been restored through the Iowa Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP).

This will be a great virtual field day!
06/19/2020
Iowa Learning Farms

This will be a great virtual field day!

Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with the Iowa Nutrient Research Center, Practical Farmers of Iowa and Conservation Learning Group, is hosting a free virtual cover crop field day on Thursday, June 25 at 1pm CDT with video footage from the field and live interaction with farmers and researchers during the event.

FarmersGov
06/09/2020

FarmersGov

U.S. Department of Agriculture unveiled new conservation features on farmers.gov that enable farmers to login to view, download, and e-sign documents, request conservation assistance, view technical references and submit questions, access information on current and past conservation practices, and view detailed information on all previous and ongoing contracts, including the amount of planned and received cost-share assistance. Learn more: https://bit.ly/3higOzl

Cedar Lake, the drinking water source for Winterset, had to be dredged in 2014 due to loss of volume.  That's one of the...
05/26/2020

Cedar Lake, the drinking water source for Winterset, had to be dredged in 2014 due to loss of volume. That's one of the reasons why the Madison County SWCD, Winterset Municipal Utilities Board, and other partners are working together to promote conservation practices that keep soil on the land and out of the lake!

"Soil Conversation" is a comic strip that ran in the Journal of Soil and Water Conservation between 1955 and 1967. The creator was USDA artist Felix Summers, whose one-panel strip often showed two crows commenting on a farmer's conservation practices, or lack thereof, and how they impacted the community. In honor of the SWCS 75th anniversary we are publishing classic "Soil Conversation" strips every week throughout the year! Let's see what's going on this week...

Source: Journal of Soil and Water Conservation, Vol. 14, No. 5 (September, 1959), 236. SWCS archives.

Today's Iowa Learning Farms webinar on the importance of wetlands in Iowa is coming up in ~25 minutes.  Wetlands (such a...
05/20/2020
Iowa Learning Farms

Today's Iowa Learning Farms webinar on the importance of wetlands in Iowa is coming up in ~25 minutes.

Wetlands (such as the McNamara/Adams CREP Wetland off Hwy 92, the Martens CREP Wetland off Hwy 169, land in the Wetland Reserve Program, and many other protected and restored wetlands in the county) are a valuable practice for improving water quality, but provide other benefits as well - learn about them in this webinar!

May is American Wetlands Month and Iowa Learning Farms will host a webinar on Wednesday, May 20 at 12pm CDT about the importance of wetlands in Iowa. Wetlands are important for all life in Iowa, due to the many ecosystem services they provide, such as water quality improvement, flood control and wildlife habitat.

It's American Wetlands Month!  Take a moment to read how wetlands can benefit Iowans...
05/19/2020
Iowa Learning Farms

It's American Wetlands Month! Take a moment to read how wetlands can benefit Iowans...

Iowa was once a mosaic of prairies, wetlands, rivers, and forests. Today, Iowa looks drastically different as agriculture now dominates the landscape. Fertile prairie and wetland soils, which are ideal for row crop agriculture, have paved the way to a booming agricultural industry and led to Iowa being one of the top corn and soybean producing states in the country.

Did you know... Mental Health Awareness Month has been observed in May since 1949.  There are some good resources for fa...
05/18/2020
AgriSafe Learning: Mental Health

Did you know... Mental Health Awareness Month has been observed in May since 1949.

There are some good resources for farmers and ranchers on AgriSafe's website: learning.agrisafe.org/mental-health

There is also help available from the Iowa Department of Public Health: yourlifeiowa.org/mental-health/crisis-services

Farmers and ranchers deal with a lot of uncertainty in a good year. Add to that current low commodity prices, trade wars, extreme weather, and now a pandemic. Coping with the stress of everything happening around us is not easy. AgriSafe is collaborating to bring information and resources to farmer...

Happy 158th Birthday to a valuable partner of the Madison County SWCD ... the USDA!
05/15/2020

Happy 158th Birthday to a valuable partner of the Madison County SWCD ... the USDA!

Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) turns 158! On May 15, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Department of Agriculture Act to establish what he called "The People's Department." To this day, the USDA continues to fulfill President Lincoln's vision in improving the lives of Americans every day.

Badger Creek Lake Watershed Project
05/08/2020

Badger Creek Lake Watershed Project

It’s last day of Air Quality Awareness Week!

What do soil and water conservation have to do with air quality? You could ask someone who lived through the Dust Bowl, but there's still a relevant connection today.

We promote reduced tillage (and especially no-till) as a management practice that helps keep soil strong and resistant to erosion. Keeping the soil in place and minimizing runoff is the first step in reducing sediment and nutrient delivery to Badger Creek Lake!

Many farmers in the watershed use no-till or have reduced their tillage (either the number of passes, or the type of implement used), and certainly things have improved since the days of the moldboard plow!

For Air Quality Awareness Week, this is just a reminder that those efforts not only benefit soil and water quality, but they’re good for air quality, too!

To learn more about Air Quality Awareness Week, read the Iowa Department of Natural Resources news release here: https://www.iowadnr.gov/About-DNR/DNR-News-Releases/ArticleID/2983/Celebrate-and-learn-why-clean-air-is-important-during-Air-Quality-Awareness-Week-May-4-8

BTW, for your "Where's Waldo" challenge of the day, there *is* a tractor in that photo.

Thanks to everyone who attended Grasslands, Livestock & Soil Health: Turning Grass Into Cash at the Jackson Building on ...
05/08/2020

Thanks to everyone who attended Grasslands, Livestock & Soil Health: Turning Grass Into Cash at the Jackson Building on February 4, 2020!

A big thank you to our sponsors: Madison County Farm Bureau, Iowa Corn, and Conservation Districts of Iowa!

Thanks to everyone who attended Grasslands, Livestock & Soil Health: Turning Grass Into Cash at the Jackson Building on February 4, 2020!

A big thank you to our sponsors: Madison County Farm Bureau, Iowa Corn, and Conservation Districts of Iowa!

Badger Creek Lake Watershed Project
05/06/2020
Badger Creek Lake Watershed Project

Badger Creek Lake Watershed Project

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is hosting a series of (free) Dam Safety webinars on Wednesdays at 12pm during the month of May.

Today's topic is: "Dams 101 and DNR Dam Safety Program"

Learn about how dams work, what are the critical parts and features, and how they are regulated in Iowa.

The Madison County SWCD/NRCS office has a pollinator garden in the 2 foot space between the wall and the sidewalk (we na...
05/01/2020

The Madison County SWCD/NRCS office has a pollinator garden in the 2 foot space between the wall and the sidewalk (we named it the #WallflowerGarden when we registered it with Plant Grow Fly).

The first blooms showed up just in time for #NACDStewardshipWeek / Iowa Soil & Water Conservation Week!

This year’s theme is: “Where would we BEE without pollinators?”

Wild Columbine is a good source of nectar early in the season, not only for bees, but also hummingbirds.

Thanks for sharing, NACD!Madison County residents can read this article in print in today’s issue of the Winterset Madis...
05/01/2020
National Association of Conservation Districts

Thanks for sharing, NACD!

Madison County residents can read this article in print in today’s issue of the Winterset Madisonian.

The SWCD Commissioners also approved sponsoring the Outdoors page this week to celebrate Soil & Water Conservation Week (aka national Stewardship Week)!

Learn how Iowa's Madison County Soil & Water Conservation District is celebrating #NACDStewardshipWeek by encouraging people to plant pollinator gardens and restoring native habitats on farms with the help of cost-share programs: https://www.wintersetmadisonian.com/news/outdoors/madison-county-swcd-promotes-stewardship-week/article_22c6a388-8a29-11ea-ad1b-d7700d3f4100.html

Happy Iowa Soil & Water Conservation Week!  (aka national Stewardship Week)
04/28/2020

Happy Iowa Soil & Water Conservation Week! (aka national Stewardship Week)

Happy #NACD Stewardship Week! This week, we're celebrating the incredibly vital role pollinators play in our lives every day. Be sure to check out our Stewardship Week page for ideas on how to celebrate; educational materials for grades K-8; social media graphics, including a promotional toolkit and more: https://bit.ly/2yJA9HQ

Happy Earth Day from the Winterset Field Office!The field office may be closed to visitors during the COVID-19 crisis, b...
04/22/2020

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"!

Check out today's Pasture Project webinar at 2pm!
04/22/2020

Check out today's Pasture Project webinar at 2pm!

These cows loved grazing on this cereal rye cover crop in the watershed a couple weeks ago!

Growing cover crops has a lot of benefits (preventing erosion, reducing runoff, improving water quality)... grazing cover crops provides even more benefits (for livestock and producers), but did you know that integrating livestock into the system is good for the soil?

To learn more, check out today's webinar from the Pasture Project at 2pm: "Grazing Cover Crops for Resilience – How Grazing Cover Crops Builds Resilience through Stimulating Soil Biology"

https://pastureproject.org/events/

"TOP 3 TIPS FOR COVER CROP TERMINATION" is today's topic for the first of this week's "Essential Row Crop Management" we...
04/06/2020
Join us April 6-10 for the "Essential Row Crop Management" Webinar Series! | Integrated Crop Management

"TOP 3 TIPS FOR COVER CROP TERMINATION" is today's topic for the first of this week's "Essential Row Crop Management" webinar series.

This short webinar will start at 1pm.

Extension specialists in Iowa and Minnesota are collaborating to provide a series of short, daily webinars for farmers, ag professionals, Extension personnel and other interested parties from April 6 to April 10. The theme is “Essential Row Crop Management" for spring 2020, with a focus on key top...

Coming up next week: Iowa State University Extension is offering short (30 minutes or less!) daily webinars at 1pm.  Her...
04/01/2020
Join us April 6-10 for the "Essential Row Crop Management" Webinar Series! | Integrated Crop Management

Coming up next week: Iowa State University Extension is offering short (30 minutes or less!) daily webinars at 1pm.

Here's a quick snapshot of the topics:
April 6: “Top 3 tips for cover crop termination”
April 7: “Grain storage management for spring”
April 8: “Management of fertilizer spread patterns”
April 9: “Pre-emergence herbicide programs”
April 10: “Tillage options this spring”

Extension specialists in Iowa and Minnesota are collaborating to provide a series of short, daily webinars for farmers, ag professionals, Extension personnel and other interested parties from April 6 to April 10. The theme is “Essential Row Crop Management" for spring 2020, with a focus on key top...

National Association of Conservation Districts
03/31/2020
National Association of Conservation Districts

National Association of Conservation Districts

#NRCS is seeking public comments on 49 revised conservation practice standards that were recently reviewed as required by the #2018FarmBill to incorporate new technologies and additional flexibilities where possible.

These standards include practices related to forestry, aquaculture, drainage and livestock practices among others. NRCS will continue to review additional practice standards throughout 2020 until all 169 existing national conservation practices have been reviewed.

NRCS is accepting comments through April 23, 2020, and NACD encourages districts on the ground to review these changes to ensure they meet the needs of landowners in your community.

Here's a helpful tool you may be interested in!Conservation Client Gateway is an NRCS website that provides secure acces...
03/27/2020

Here's a helpful tool you may be interested in!

Conservation Client Gateway is an NRCS website that provides secure access to conservation plans, practice implementation schedules, financial applications, contracts, and supporting documents and payment information.

Instead of driving to your field office multiple times, Conservation Client Gateway enables you to request assistance, sign documents and interact with NRCS field staff online at your convenience. NRCS staff will still be available in person to work with you in the office or field. This secure online tool just provides another option for client service.

www.nrcs.usda.gov/clientgateway

In response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, as of Monday, March 23, the Madison County USDA Service Center is op...
03/26/2020

In response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, as of Monday, March 23, the Madison County USDA Service Center is open for business by phone appointment only (no visitors are allowed to enter offices).

For assistance, please call 515-462-2961 x3 during regular business hours (Monday-Friday 8:00-4:30) or leave a message.

For more information, please visit:
USDA: www.farmers.gov/coronavirus
IDALS: iowaagriculture.gov/covid-19

Please note: To reduce the spread of COVID-19, the USDA is asking customers to limit visits to USDA Service Centers, and...
03/16/2020

Please note: To reduce the spread of COVID-19, the USDA is asking customers to limit visits to USDA Service Centers, and to schedule visits in advance. Additionally, visitors who answer "Yes" to any of these questions (see image) should not enter USDA facilities at this time.

To schedule an appointment, please call 515-462-2961.

Congratulations to Nancy & Michael Forrest, this year's recipients of the SWCD's Wildlife Habitat Conservation Award pre...
03/10/2020

Congratulations to Nancy & Michael Forrest, this year's recipients of the SWCD's Wildlife Habitat Conservation Award presented at the Madison County Iowa Pheasants Forever Chapter's Annual Banquet on Friday!

Tim Palmer, one of our Madison County SWCD Commissioners, was interviewed for this article!
01/29/2020
New oat, wheat markets debut in Iowa

Tim Palmer, one of our Madison County SWCD Commissioners, was interviewed for this article!

Smithfield program offers oat and wheat contracts to farmers in southern Iowa.

Congratulations to Annette Purdy on receiving the Golden Apple Award!  The NRCS/SWCD staff have had the pleasure of work...
01/27/2020
WHO 13 News

Congratulations to Annette Purdy on receiving the Golden Apple Award!

The NRCS/SWCD staff have had the pleasure of working with Mrs. Purdy and her students on many occasions... field trips to the local wetland, Envirothon teams, the Conservation Club of Winterset, and cover crop experiments in the Outdoor Classroom, to name a few.

After watching her in action for years, we can say this award is very well deserved!

One high school teacher’s classes are anything but an easy A, but that doesn’t turn students away.

“I don’t like to do anything the same so I’m always changing what I’m doing,” Golden Apple Recipient and Winterset High School Science Teacher Annette Purdy said.

Great article in the Wallaces Farmer Update today!  If you want to learn more about building soil, come to the Grassland...
01/21/2020
Yes, you can make soil!

Great article in the Wallaces Farmer Update today!

If you want to learn more about building soil, come to the Grasslands, Livestock & Soil Health Workshop on February 4th!

Organic matter builds as tillage declines, and cover crops and crop residue cover the soil.

If you used cover crops without cost share, take note that the deadline for signing up for crop insurance discounts has ...
01/15/2020

If you used cover crops without cost share, take note that the deadline for signing up for crop insurance discounts has been extended to January 31!

Did you plant cover crops last fall? Then you may be eligible for a $5/acre discount on your 2020 crop insurance premiums. The deadline to apply has been extended to January 31.
http://bit.ly/3a9VUi1 #IowaAg

Badger Creek Lake Watershed Project
01/10/2020
Badger Creek Lake Watershed Project

Badger Creek Lake Watershed Project

Check out this workshop at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in Madison County on Tuesday, January 28! Lot of good info, publications, copies of presentation, and lunch!

Pre-register by Friday, January 24 (two weeks from today).

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815 E. Highway 92
Winterset, IA
50273

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Tuesday 08:00 - 16:30
Wednesday 08:00 - 16:30
Thursday 08:00 - 16:30
Friday 08:00 - 16:30

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