St. Paul, MN: University of Minnesota Extension Service
The Upper Cannon River Watershed Assessment Project concentrated activity on improving
the area’s water quality. Because the Upper Cannon River watershed’s problems are related
to phosphorus and sedimentation, Extension launched a three-pronged effort to reduce
erosion and to measure the effort’s results. During the project’s first year, Extension focused on promoting strip-till technology to reduce erosion. In order to reveal to farmers cost and risk similarities between strip-till and conventional tillage, a series of demonstration plots were established around the watershed on five cooperating producers’ farms. The project’s
second year set up a strip-till demonstration field day during which research results were presented, SWCD assistance opportunities highlighted, and actual tillage equipment operated.
Educators conducted two years’ Tillage Transect Surveys in Rice, Steele, and Le Sueur Counties to determine the level of conservation tillage practiced in the watershed. This current data, combined with previous years’ survey results, will assist in directing future educational programming.
Funded by: USEPA 319 Clean Water Partnership funds via the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Carlson, Brad; Stouffer, Diane; Arlt, Tim; Pfarr, Dave.
Erosion Control Education in the Upper Cannon Watershed.
St. Paul, MN: University of Minnesota Extension Service.
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