The next meeting of the Stanly Soil & Water Conservation District Board will be Wednesday February 10, 2016 at 7:00 a.m. at the Agri-Civic Center.
Important Producer Meeting Wednesday Feb 24
The Stanly County Farm Service Agency and Natural Resources Conservation Service are hosting a joint informational meeting for producers on maintaining conservation compliance. The meeting will be held at the Stanly County Agri-Civic Center at 8 am on Wednesday, February 24, 2016.
Changes in field conditions due to recent rains, new implements being added to equipment inventory, cover crops and crop rotations, or lack there of, are some of the reasons to review the conservation compliance regulations in a group setting.
The topics of discussion will include:
- Equipment used in your operation
- Crops and rotation used in your operation
- Problems & solutions
- Do’s and Don’ts
- When to file a new AD-1026 form
- Conservation systems
- The new FSAfarm+ application
- Introductions to new employees
No-Till Drill Available For Rent
The practice of turning the soil before planting a new crop leads to soil erosion and farmland degradation. No-till planting reduces erosion and promotes soil health. Stanly SWCD’s Truax 88 No-Till-Drill is designed with three seed boxes that allow for planting regular grass seed, fluffy seeds and clovers. It’s perfect for seeding and reseeding fields and pastures. The District rents the drill for $15 per acre in Stanly County and $20 per acre for out of county use. There is a $50 minimum charge. Call the SWCD office at 704-986-3059 for more information.
2015 Agri-Civic Center Day
The fifth annual “Stanly County Agri-Civic Day, sponsored by the Friends of the Stanly County Agri-Civic Center (FACC), was held August 15th with attendance up about 20 percent over last year. Agri-Civic Day is a celebration of the county’s rich agricultural heritage. Many local sponsors contributed to the success of this event. Children had choices of bounce houses, corn pits, a straw bale maze, face painting, balloon animals, Smokey the Bear, pony rides, gold panning and even milking Elsie the fake cow. Adults also enjoyed heritage/historical demonstrations, livestock judging, mule jumps, food vendors, live entertainment, heavy equipment and farm machinery. The purpose of the event is to bring attention to and gather support for the facility that provides services to the residents of Stanly and surrounding counties. Thanks to the support of many sponsors, admission was free. The Friends of the Stanly County Agri-Civic Center is a nonprofit organization.
The State’s soil testing lab has issued an update:
Turnaround time for the soil testing lab is currently posted as 1 to 2 weeks for routine (predictive) samples; from the time samples are received, growers should expect reports in about 5 to 7 working days. Turnaround time for problem (diagnostic) samples is 3-5 days from the time samples are received. No fee is charged for soil testing until peak season in November.
The NCDA&CS is urging users to submit soil sample information online. Read more here… Online Soil Sample Results