Center Pivot Irrigation Earns You CRP Dollars

Farmers and landowners in Indiana with center pivot irrigation are eligible to enroll in the CRP / Conservation Reserve Program’s “Habitat for Upland Birds” practice, says the USDA’s Farm Service Agency. As margins tighten for farmers, “Pivot Corners” are a very attractive way to earn annual CRP payments. Ideal for creating pheasant and bobwhite quail habitat, this is a great opportunity for landowners to become more profitable while implementing a “habitat buffer” conservation practice that has great benefit.

Known as CP 33 or Conservation Practice 33, the goal and purpose of a irrigation system pivot corner CRP program is to restore habitat for bobwhite quail, pheasants and other wildlife. These habitat buffers create vital habitat for gamebirds to eat insects, nest and brood (lay eggs in the spring).
Landowners in Indiana counties can take advantage of this new USDA policy and realize profitable benefits to farm land with patches that are beyond the reach of center pivot irrigation systems. Pivot corners do not need to be connected by a linear strip of grassland to be eligible.
“This is a win-win for local farmers,” said Johnny Klemme, Farmland Broker and CRP Habitat Consultant. “With the increase in center pivot irrigation in Tippecanoe, Benton and Warren county Indiana, this is a great way for farmers who are feeling a margin squeeze to increase profits while providing vital habitat to the local bird population.”
Farmers and landowners can enroll irrigation system pivot corners in the CP 33 program any time in 2015. Participants and land must meet certain eligibility requirements. For exact details, contact your local  NRCS County office, Farm Service Agency (FSA) or District Conservationist in Indiana
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CRP Contract Mid Management in Indiana

Game bird Nesting Season & Noxious Weeds

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DO NOT perform any MCM activity during nesting season!! Indiana CRP programs may include CP-33, EQUIP, WHIP, native warm season prairie grasses for upland game bird habitats and more.

In order to ensure the success of a CRP land conservation program in the State of Indiana, inspections, maintenance and attention are required to manage a healthy ecosystem for plants, and game birds such as northern bobwhite quail and ringneck pheasants. In contacts that include provisions for Mid Contract Management (MCM) it’s important to stay on top of rules and regulations for when, where and how to maintain the set-aside or easement.

The USDA and and your local NRCS / FSA office is your best resource for guidance and implementation practices.

A top concern, particularly with early establishments of warm season grasses and native prairie is the prevention of weeds such as thistle and other noxious plants. Preventing the spread of these weeds and protecting the area from damage is essential to staying in compliance with the guidelines of your CRP program.

Gamebird Nesting Season

Nesting season for bobwhite quail and ringneck pheasant are a critical time to strengthening and preserving populations. In some CRP contacts, provisions for required maintenance occur part way through the contract period.

In the State of Indiana, Mid Contract Management Activities (MCM) for 2014 should not be performed during the primary nesting season.

  • If your CRP contract was signed prior to 2007, mid contract management will not be performed from March 1 through July 15
  • If your CRP contract was signed in 2008 or after, MCM will not be performed from April 1 through August 1

 

All questions should be directed to your local FSA office in your county.


According to the Indiana DNR the following are the primary nesting seasons for game birds.

  • Northern Bobwhite Quail begins in May
  • Ringneck Pheasant begins in April and may last several months
  • Eastern Wild Turkeys begin nesting after mating season which can be from February to April