New Online Resource to Improve Your Farm’s Water Quality

It’s never been so easy for farmers to measure, assess, and improve their farm’s water quality.

A nonprofit for sustainable agriculture – Field to Market, the Alliance for Sustainable Energy – recently included a new metric in its Fieldprint Calculator that utilizes the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Water Quality Index for Agricultural Runoff (WQIag) to effectively measure water quality.

This simple, accessible, economical tool renders it a breeze for farmers to understand and monitor the rather complex measurement of water quality.

The tool allows farmers to input key variables regarding their field, including slope, soil characteristics, nutrient and pest management, tillage practices and conservation practices to score the quality of water flowing off of their fields. After the input of information about their land, the tool synthesizes all the information and outputs a single score on a 10-point scale, with zero being very poor and 10 being excellent.

Why is water quality so important?

Farmers need information about water quality to:

  • grow several crops simultaneously
  • boost the productivity of their land
  • plan for water quality enhancement resets
  • keep soil, nutrients, and pesticides on the field and out of the water supply
  • determine areas for water quality improvement

 

The tool can also assess a field’s corn, cotton, wheat, soybean, rice and potato operations in terms of land use, soil conservation, soil carbon, water use, energy use, and greenhouse gas emissions. To evaluate all of this and your farm’s water quality, check out this valuable tool, available to anyone with internet access!

Need ag financing to improve your farm’s water quality? Our AgAmerica Lending Program boasts low interest farm loans to support projects that reduce existing water quality issues caused by agricultural activities and poor water quality practices. These ag loans can help you improve and upgrade feedlots, manure handling, tillage equipment, sewage treatment systems, and more! Learn more about this one-of-a-kind ag lending program!

 


Water Quality Monitoring Benefits Mississippi River Basin Conservation Efforts

If you are a producer with agricultural land in Mississippi, listen up.

Mississippi farmers are coming together, merging efforts to enhance water quality and conservation of the Mississippi River basin. These merging conservation tactics are yielding promising results for the river basin. Studies have reported decreased loss of nutrients from the soil, such as nitrogen, phosphorous and animal manure, which regularly flow into neighboring, downstream waterways.

Bankers South Ag Lending and Financing offers various options for financing agricultural land to better assist Mississippi farmers with the implementation of solid conservation practices. These practices typically include nutrient management, conservation tillage, planting cover crops, wetland restoration, fencing animals out of streams, and tailwater recovery systems.

Not only do these practices benefit and protect neighboring water supplies, but they also work to benefit cropland, keeping soil and nutrients on the land where they belong. Developing a sound water quality monitoring or modeling plan significantly reduces the amount of nitrogen and phosphorous leaving the fields and decreases the amount of nitrogen and phosphorus entering the Gulf of Mexico. Too much nitrogen and phosphorous in the water can lead to serious environmental and human health issues, which directly impacts the economy.

All Mississippi farmers are encouraged to take a proactive step to preserve the basin and enhance the water supply. All producers can do their part to minimize the loss of nutrients and sediment, send cleaner water downstream, and protect the landscape and watershed. It simply requires the conscious fulfillment of an effective conservation strategy and system.

If you are a Mississippi producer with interest in fulfilling a conservation strategy, contact Bankers South for agricultural financing assistance. Allow us help you implement or improve your current conservation practices on your agricultural land. We offer Mississippi farm loan options to better support the continued success of your agricultural business.

 


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