CONSERVATION TOOLS | FINANCIAL & TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE
Improve management of soil and water resources on your land by incorporating conservation tools such as the ones described below.
Advanced irrigation scheduling
WHEN TO IRRIGATE
Advanced irrigation scheduling is a method of analyzing real-time field data to optimize irrigation application decisions.
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The video above provides a brief overview of how advanced irrigation scheduling methods help farmers make irrigation decisions.
The technical guide above details advanced irrigation scheduling, specifically with the use of soil moisture sensors (click for a downloadable PDF version).
Variable Rate Irrigation
WHERE TO IRRIGATE
Variable Rate Irrigation (VRI) is a tool of precision agriculture that optimizes the placement of water application through irrigation management zones.
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The video above provides a brief overview of how VRI enhances water management and conservation on the farm.
Enhance Soil Health
Conservation tillage is a practice which uses a cover crop and intentionally leaves residue from a prior crop in the field, not disturbing the soil.
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No-till drill EQUIPMENT RENTAL
The Flint River Soil and Water Conservation District owns a no-till drill which may be rented for $15/acre (see pictures above). The equipment does not have an operator - renters must pick up and deliver the equipment from Blakely, Georgia. The drill comes with a 3 hitch with trailer. Please email the District (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information on how to rent this equipment.
Increase Irrigation Efficiency
Converting a center pivot irrigation system from high-pressure to low-pressure with drop nozzles significantly increases the efficiency of the system.
USDA-NRCS EQIP PRACTICE CODE 442
Increase soil organic matter
Sod-based rotation incorporates rotations of planting warm-season perennial grasses into the row-cropping system.
Financial & Technical Assistance
Many Federal and State agencies offer programs that provide financial and / or technical assistance to landowners to improve natural resources on private lands.
Photographs courtesy of Matt Hanner, Calvin Perry, Casey Cox, USDA