Tour of Practices


The Benton SWCD and NRCS office recently held a conservation tour to highlight some of the work that has been done in the county in the past year. This year we focused on projects in the Little Rock Lake watershed.

 Twenty seven people attended the tour, including County Commissioners, Little Rock Lake Assocation members, State Representatives, and SWCD Supervisors.  During the day we met with landowners to see conservation projects and shared thoughts on what issues were taking place and how the projects helped correct the problem.  We also stopped at various sites to look at the projects that have been completed or are in the process of being completed.  Other highlights included:

  • Little Rock Watershed Monitoring Station
  • Several erosion control and feedlot projects
  • Farms that are using cover crops
  • Future feedlot projects and erosion control projects
  • New and existing Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres
  • Seasonal High Tunnel
  • Presentation was done on Irrigation Management
  • A unique "Two Stage Ditch" system


In addition, during the tour the District and NRCS staff discussed Federal and State Programs, Irrigation Management, Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), Feedlots, Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP), Soil Health, and Cover Crops.


 Photos from the tour:

   2016 Little Rock Monitoring Station - Gwost Morse2016 Morrill Hall - Irrigation presentation 4








 2016 Schlichting Farm - Soil Health - rain gauge with soil moisture probes2016 Schlichting Farm - Soil Health 1








 2016 Schlichting Farms - Irrigation - 42016 Schlichting Farms - Irrigation - 6








 2016 Scholl 2 Stage Ditch 22016 Schlichting Farms - Irrigation - 7







   2016 Scholl 2 Stage Ditch 42016 Scholl 2 Stage Ditch 6








2016 Scholl 2 Stage Ditch 7