Erosion-sensitive Farm Converted to a Clean-water Farm with a MIG System and Well-planned Calving Facility
“The year 1993 was very costly for us, and the returns were poor. Forty to 50% of what we farm was under water for weeks. We even had to check cattle and take mineral to pasture by boat. We try hard to be good stewards of all the land we farm, including waht we rent from others.”
Objectives: To convert a farm from erosion-sensitive farmland to cool-season grasses. To interseed the grasses with nitrogen-producing legumes. To set 148 acres into a rotational grazing system.
Results: To convert an erosion-sensitive farm to a clean-water farm, the project coordinators have seeded cropland to permanent pasture, filled and seeded gullies and installed an underground livestock watering system. They are also establishing a rotational grazing system for production of beef cattle. Eroded stream banks have been sloped and are reseeding naturally.