Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Kansas: Burning CRP Land Can Provide Benefits as Maintenance Practice

AgFax.Com - Your Online Ag News Source


Requirements for prescribed burning of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) contracts have changed since last year, said Walt Fick, K-State Research and Extension rangeland management specialist.

“The USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) has removed prescribed burning as a required CRP maintenance practice in some contracts. Prescribed burning is still a recommended practice and may be the most economical maintenance practice,” Fick said.

CRP participants should work with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and FSA to plan appropriate maintenance practices such as mowing, spraying, or prescribed burning, he said. Participants should check with their local FSA office for actual requirements.

Maintenance practices are different than management practices, Fick explained.

“All CRP participants are required to perform a management practice that can include prescribed burning, interseeding, or light disking. Management practices are eligible for cost-share,” he said.

The time to burn CRP ground varies across Kansas depending on region and soil type.

“In the eastern half of the state, prescribed burning is allowed from Feb. 1 to April 15 and July 16 to August 31. These dates occur outside of the prime bird nesting season in Kansas. In western Kansas, prescribed burning is allowed from Feb. 1 to April 30, and July 16 to August 31. Certain sandy soils are to be burned during the month of April. Lack of cover resulting from early burning on sandy soils may lead to significant soil erosion and/or water loss,” Fick explained.

Burning CRP land early or during the summer is a good way to spread out the burning season in Kansas and help prevent the concentration of smoke in April, when most pasture burning occurs, he said.

A prescribed burn on CRP ground will help reduce the thatch layer that can build up, promote grass tillering, and reduce the potential for wildfire, Fick said.




“Burning can also help control cedars, and woody seedlings such as cottonwood or Russian olive. Once established, older trees will generally re-sprout after a fire,” he added.

Producers who burn CRP ground should follow the same general safety guidelines and go through the same permit procedures as those who conduct prescribed burns on rangeland, the K-State agronomist said. For detailed information, see K-State Research and Extension publication L664, Prescribed Burning: Planning and Conducting at local county and district Research and Extension offices, or here.

Other resources include K-State Research and Extension publication L565, Prescribed Burning Safety, at local Research and Extension offices, or here, and Flint Hills Smoke Management Plan and other information related to conducting a prescribed burn here.


Tags: ,


Leave a Reply

Name and Email Address are required fields. Your email will not be published or shared with third parties.

Sunbelt Ag News

    DTN Livestock Close: Lean Hog Futures Collapse Further7-29

    Doane Cotton Close: Sharp Losses on Improved Conditions7-29

    Keeping Farm Management in Line with Increasing Regulations – DTN7-29

    DTN Cotton Close: Ends on New Contract Low7-29

    Mississippi: MSU Wild Hog Research Needs Foresters, Farmers7-29

    DTN Grain Close: Markets Slide Lower7-29

    USDA: Weekly National Peanut Prices7-29

    AgFax Grain Review: Chinese Trade Issues Continue; Navy to Purchase 37M Gallons of Biofuels7-29

    DTN Livestock Midday: Lean Hog Futures Retreat Farther7-29

    DTN Grain Midday: All 3 Commodities Lower7-29

    DTN Cotton Open: Trades Lower in Early Going7-29

    DTN Livestock Open: Lean Hog Futures on Defensive7-29

    DTN Grain Open: Futures Falter, Start Lower7-29

    Keith Good: Bugs’ Resistance to GMO Corn in Brazil Proving Costly7-29

    AFB Grain-Soybean Close: Wheat Unable to Follow Corn, Soybeans Higher7-28

    AFB Cotton Close: Moves Higher in Narrow Range7-28

    AFB Rice Close: Futures Down Slightly7-28

    Crop Progress: Corn, Soybean Conditions Decline, Still at Historical Highs – DTN7-28

    DDGs: China Issues New Import Rules, U.S. Unlikely to Comply – DTN7-28

    Cattle: Minimizing the Risk of Scours — DTN7-28

    Good on Grain: Storing the 2014 Corn Crop7-28

    DTN Fertilizer Outlook: Domestic Ammonia Prices Down Slightly7-28

    Flint on Crops: Challenges for Farmers Keep Coming, Keep Changing7-28

    USDA Commentary: Weekly Cotton Markets, Weather by Region7-25

    Rose on Cotton: No Pleasure in this Market Made for Bears7-25

    Rice Market: U.S. Futures Decline as Global Prices Rise7-25

    Rice Crop: Harvest Begins Slowly in Louisiana and Texas7-25

    Rice Commentary – Rice Farmers Need to Consider a New Business Plan7-25

    Leave Your Guns at the House, Boys.7-25

    Peanuts: 15% Of Crop Ungathered In Key Argentine Production Area7-25

    Rail Car Delays Causing Dread Among Elevator Operators – DTN7-25

    Catfish Production: Water Surface Acres at 63,700 Acres7-25

    USDA: Peanut Price Highlights7-25

    Arkansas: New iPhone App Simplifies Farmers’ Finances7-25

    Taking the Risk Out of Buying Used Equipment — DTN7-25

    North Carolina: Rediscovering Grain Sorghum — DTN7-25

    Peanuts: Worms Still Building In SE; Rains Boost West’s Crop – AgFax7-25

    Shurley on Cotton: Prices Try to Stabilize, Still Show Weakness7-25

    Southern Soybean Insect Situation Gets Complicated – AgFax7-25

    AgFax Wildlife Review: Wild Hogs Damaging Levees in Louisiana7-25

    Ethanol: Final 2014 RFS Release ‘Imminent’ – DTN7-24

    Doane Cotton Close: Prices Break Out of Range Lower7-24

    New Rural Infrastructure Fund Established — DTN7-24

    U.S. Grain Transportation: Wheat Demand Increases, Inspections Rise7-24

    2014 Farm Bill Decisions: Base Acre Reallocation Option7-24

    Louisiana: Sodium Nitrite Explored for Wild Hog Control7-24

    U.S. Energy: Refineries Running at Record Levels7-24

    Gasoline Prices: Show 4-Cent Decrease7-24

    Propane Stocks: Continue to Rise7-24

    Diesel Prices: Average Declines by 3 Cents7-24

    Sunbelt Ag Events

     

    About Us

    AgFax.Com covers agricultural trends and production topics, with an emphasis on news about cotton, rice, peanuts, corn, soybeans, wheat and tree crops, including almonds, pecans, walnuts and pistachios.

      

    This site also serves as the on-line presence of electronic crop and pest reports published by AgFax Media LLC (formerly Looking South Communications).

        

    Click here to subscribe to our free reports.

      

    We provide early warnings and confirmations about pests, diseases and other factors that influence yield. Our goal is to quickly provide farmers and crop advisors with information needed to make better and more profitable decisions.

         

    Our free weekly crop and pest advisories include:

    • AgFax Midsouth Cotton, covering cotton production and news in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Missouri.

    • AgFax Southeast Cotton, covering cotton production and news in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

    • AgFax Southwest Cotton (new for 2013!), covering cotton production and news in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and New Mexico.

    • AgFax West (formerly MiteFax: SJV Cotton), covering California cotton, alfalfa, tomatoes and other non-permanent crops in California's Central Valley.

    • AgFax Rice covering rice production and news in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Texas.

    • AgFax Peanuts, covering peanut production in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia.

    • AgFax Southern Grain: covering soybeans, corn, milo and small grains in Southern states.

    • AgFax Almonds, covering almonds, pistachios, walnuts and other tree crops in California's Central Valley.

    • AgCom 101, providing guidance to ag professionals involved in social media.

    Our newsletters are sponsored by the following companies: FMC Corporation Chemtura Dow AgroSciences.

          

    Mission statement:

    Make it as easy as possible for our community of readers to find and/or receive needed information.

              

    Contact Information:

    AgFax Media. LLC

    142 Westlake Drive Brandon, MS 39047

    601-992-9488 Office 601-992-3503 Fax

    Owen Taylor Debra L. Ferguson Laurie Courtney

          

    Circulation Questions?

    Contact Laurie Courtney