High Scorer: BMPs
Growers are adopting best management practices in record numbers.
April 16, 2008
This news comes from a survey just released by the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) and The Fertilizer Institute (TFI). The survey reached slightly less than 2,000 growers nationwide to gain a better understanding of environmental management measures on U.S. farms and barriers to adoption. The respondents represent 2.5 million acres of farmed cropland.
"The results of this survey have provided us with knowledge of producer practices that will help us best identify how we can continue to increase adoption rates of best management practices and conservation practices," says TFI President Ford B. West. "It is satisfying to know that 60 percent of those surveyed have fully adopted nutrient management plans and indicators are positive that farmers are using the right nutrient product at the right time, right place, and right rate."
Survey respondents had an average of 29 years of farming experience and were typically 52-year-old males. Seventy-five percent of those answering the survey farm a corn-soybean rotation or a corn-soybean-wheat rotation. Seventy-nine percent had at least some college education.
"These survey results show that many farmers are actively engaged in conservation -- in fact, conservation tillage was the most adopted practice among row crop producers," says CTIC Executive Director Karen A. Scanlon. "We also have a clear picture about why some producers are not choosing conservation practices. That's important because now we can better address their concerns and work to overcome those barriers."