Conservation Stewardship Program
Darvin Bentlage -- CSP Contract Applicant
by Tim Gibbons
Darvin Bentlage, a livestock and grain farmer from Barton County, Missouri, is looking for a way to increase his on-farm conservation while increasing his bottom line. Already employing conservation practices on his land, and always looking for more, CSP is a perfect match for his operation.
"CSP should be perfect for my farm. I won’t have to change things too much and will be rewarded for the conservation practices I am already doing," says Bentlage. "It seems this may be a very good program to reward us for things we have done to protect our valuable resource. Our land!"
In order to fit the guidelines for his CSP contract, Darvin will be increasing his buffers from 10-15 feet to 30-45 feet. He will also increase his riparian areas to decrease runoff and increase wildlife habitat. An additional enhancement will include increased soil testing, additional crop rotation and adding legumes onto pasture land. Darvin was also already terracing and rotating his crops, and utilizing no-till and soil tests.
"The only problem I may face is resting certain pasture land for 1 month because of a lack of water sources on my land, but I plan on working with NRCS to find a solution."
Darvin Bentlage -- Contract Applicant Snapshot
Previous On-Farm Conservation Practices:
Conservation Enhancements through CSP:
Published in In Motion Magazine July 6, 2010.
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