The relationship between the land and water has never been more important. To protect our environment and our future, it is important to reduce the nitrogen-load on our land and reduce our water use. Agriculture is one of many segments with solutions to do just that. By farmers and homeowners implementing Best Management Practices (BMPs), we will be able to reach the goals laid out by the Basin Management Action Plan (BMAP), together.
How We Help Our Partners
BMP ImplementationThe goal of implementing Best Management Practices is to conserve and protect our water while also being economically feasible. With help from our researchers at UF/IFAS, the partnership has worked with farmers to advance those BMPs.
On-farm Technical AssistanceWorking directly with farmers on their farm, we help identify Best Management Practice opportunities and offer technical assistance to implement them directly on site. This ranges from Soil Moisture Sensors to Precision Nutrient Application tools.
Cost-SharingSeveral partners in the Suwannee River Partnership offer cost-share programs to farmers implementing Best Management Practices.
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Lee Peanut Farms
BMPs Implemented:Soil moisture sensors, controlled release fertilizer, and y-drops on fertilizer applicators
Reduced yearly nitrogen use by 250,000 pounds and has saved 200 million gallons of water using precision nutrient application techniques and soil moisture sensors
Operation:Corn, peanuts, and carrots
BMPs Implemented:Soil moisture sensors and cover crops
By using cover crops, Jackson Farms improved their soil’s health, reduced the amount of nutrients needed, lowered disease and pests, and increased crop yield.
Operation:Corn, peanuts, soybeans, and beef cattle
BMPs Implemented:Rotational grazing and conservation tillage
Stonewall’s practices revolve around cattle operation. To improve soil-health, they have peanut and perennial grasses planted in all of their non-irrigated acreage.
Operation:Cattle, peanut sod-based rotation, grass seed, and hay