March 20, April 17, May 15,
June 19, July 17, August 21,
September 18, October 16,
November 20, December 18, January 16, 2018 and February 20, 2018.
Meetings are held the 3rd Monday of each month at 8:00 a.m. at our office, unless otherwise noted.
2016 Wadena County Outstanding Conservationists:
April & Paul Enberg of Verndale
The Enberg's utilize a diverse crop rotation including cover crops with deep roots to break up soil compaction and improve soil quality, use nitrification inhibitors with early applications of ammonia to reduce nitrogen loss by volatilization, apply nutrients within 30 days of planned planting dates, and split nitrogen applications prior to planting and after crop emergence. The Enberg’s installed a rotational grazing system for their beef cows and regularly rotate their cows through paddocks at the prescribed time to optimize grass growth and prevent potential overgrazing. Manure management is built into this as well to decompose into their soils rather than running off the land. We feel Paul and April Enberg are worthy of this award. All of the things they do on their farm, including having a diverse crop rotation, outwintering their cows, planting cover crops, implementing a nutrient management plan and a rotational grazing system, and making their land better for wildlife are what makes our natural resources better. The Enberg’s don’t do these practices for the recognition but to be good stewards of the land. Agriculture is needed on the landscape, and with local farmers like them, it has a bright future.
Pineland Sands Aquifer Pollinator Project
The Hubbard and Wadena Soil and Water Conservation Districts were the recipients of a $40,000 Enbridge Ecofootprint Grant to support water quality work in the Pineland Sands Aquifer through a pollinator project. This project is set up to help landowners cover costs of establishing native cover, including native grasses, trees, and shrubs on less productive agricultural or idle fields. Landowners participating would receive cost – share to pay for the establishment of cover by entering into a 15 year contract that would be approved by the respective SWCD boards. The landowner would be responsible for the cost for site preparation including chemical and mechanical treatment, and the rest of the installation would be covered by cost share. The overall goal of this project is to establish perennial cover on 250 to 300 acres in Hubbard and Wadena Counties.
These practices are well known to positively impact water quality, help with water infiltration, slow down runoff, and provide wildlife and pollinator habitats. Providing habitat and flowering plants provides food for pollinators who have suffered with habitat loss and degradation of habitat. Pollinators like bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds play an essential role in plant reproduction and in the production of fruits and vegetables.
MN Department of Agriculture's Ag Water Quality Certification Program
This is a voluntary opportunity for farmers and agricultural landowners to take the lead in implementing conservation practices that protect our water. Those who implement and maintain approved farm management practices will be certified and in turn obtain regulatory certainty for a period of ten years. For more information, please visit the MDA website: http://www.mda.state.mn.us/awqcp
58 YEARS OF CONSERVATION!
Established on May 26th of 1958, the Wadena Soil & Water Conservation District was organized by local farmers, with help from the Agriculture Extension Service. Early projects consisted of mapping soils on local farms and writing conservation plans.