Most soil rental rates have recently increased making a contract for the 45th general Conservation Reserve Program a more attractive option for Iowa landowners.
“For landowners who were hit hard by recent rains, this is a great opportunity to take advantage of substantially higher rental rates in most counties and solve an erosion problem at the same time,” said Todd Bogenschutz, the DNR’s state pheasant biologist.
Bogenschutz encourages landowners to stop by their local USDA Farm Service Agency office to sign up for the general CRP on or before June 14.
There are many seeding options available. Landowners who want to help upland bird populations or want to increase turkey on their property can contact a DNR biologist or forester. Staff from DNR can help landowners determine the kinds of plantings that will meet their specific goals wildlife, woodland or other goals.
Putting environmentally sensitive land in CRP also improves wildlife habitat, helps water quality and decreases soil erosion, he added.
Call 515-281-5918 to find the DNR biologist or forester in your area. More information is available on the DNR and FSA websites at www.iowadnr.gov
News media contact is Todd Bogenschutz at 515-432-2823 Ext. 111 or Todd.Bogenschutz@dnr.iowa.gov
; or Kelly Smith at 515-281-6247 or Kelly.Smith@dnr.iowa.gov