Updated NRCS Language on Resource-Conserving CropsMon, 03 May 2021 09:24:38 CDT
Last week, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced additional language concerning the definition of a "resource-conserving crop" (RCC) under the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) "to be more inclusive of all crops that could be resource conserving and fit within the purpose for which the definition was crafted." The new definition also fully redefines "resource-conserving crop rotation" RCCR for the same purposes. Prior to this a RCC was defined as: (1 A perennial grass; (2 A legume grown for use as a cover crop, forage, seed for planting, or green manure; (3 A legume-grass or diverse grass-forb mixture comprised of species selected for climate, rainfall, soil, and other region-specific conditions; or 4) A small grain or other resource-demanding crop grown in combination with a grass, legume, other forbs, or grass-forb mixture, whether interseeded, relay-planted into the resource-demanding crop, or planted in rotation. The new definition replaces the fourth component with 4) A non-fragile residue or high residue crop or a crop that efficiently uses soil moisture, reduces irrigation water needs, or is considered drought tolerant.
National Sorghum Producers has worked for several years with NRCS to amend this language and allow sorghum to be included in CSP. We expect this language to move to county and state technical committees soon and encourage growers to support the implementation of this language.
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