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Find out how you can reduce nutrient and tillage costs - risk free!

 

"In my opinion, the BMP CHALLENGE program is a no-brainer. There is no way a farmer can lose."

-2006 Participant

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          Nutrient BMP CHALLENGE

The Nutrient BMP CHALLENGE allows corn producers to try  university- recommended BMP rates  for N, P or K without risk to income.   Producers already working at BMP rates can experiment with below-BMP nutrient applications. 

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Reduced Tillage BMP CHALLENGE

The Reduced Tillage BMP CHALLENGE provides a risk-free opportunity for corn farmers to reduce tillage - cutting fuel, time and equipment costs and protecting soil from erosion. No till, strip till, ridge till and other reduced tillage approaches are eligible.

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August 24, 2012
USDA NRCS Conservation Innovation Grant Final Report, May 2011: Improving Conservation and Ag Economics with Water Quality Credit Trading and the BMP CHALLENGE
May 30, 2012

Enrolled in the Reduced Tillage BMP CHALLENGE program?

Information on how to record your tillage costs for the Yield Assessment Worksheet is available. See the last page of the updated Reduced Tillage forms.

 

March 26, 2012

March 2012 Newsletter

Find out more about 2012 enrollment, corn price, crop adviser compensation, the BMP CHALLENGE program "bigger picture" and webinar sign-ups.
March 7, 2012

Crop Advisor compensation increased for 2012.

Minnesota crop advisors, apply here. All other states, apply here. Thanks for all of your hardwork making the BMP CHALLENGE a success!

 

March 7, 2012

APPLY TODAY!

Enrollment open for 2012 growing season. Forms available here.

March 7, 2012

CORN PRICES SET FOR 2012 GROWING SEASON

 

Grain ($/bushel) Silage ($/ton)

Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, South Dakota, Wisconsin

$5.68

$40.25

Nebraska, Ohio, Missouri

$5.68

-

Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, Vermont, New York

$5.68

$50.00

North Carolina

$5.66

$50.00

California and Idaho

-

$45.00

March 7, 2012
The BMP CHALLENGE is expanding to Vermont for the 2012 growing season! If you are interested in adding your state to the program, please contact us.
January 24, 2012

Register today for the 7th International IPM Symposium, IPM on the World Stage -- March 27-29, 2012 in Memphis, Tennessee

November 25, 2010

AMERICAN FARMLAND TRUST AWARDED $100,000 FOR BMP CHALLENGE IN NEW YORK
American Farmland Trust (AFT) has been awarded a grant of $100,000 over two years from the William E. and Maude S. Pritchard Charitable Trust to launch our BMP Project with sweet corn growers in Suffolk County, Long Island. The project will be implemented in collaboration between Cornell University's Cooperative Extension division, Agflex Inc. and American Farmland Trust.

August 14, 2010

AMERICAN FARMLAND TRUST RECEIVES $524,000 CONSERVATION INNOVATION GRANT FOR WORK IN ILLINOIS
Partner organization American Farmland Trust has received a $524,000 Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) to implement a "multi-faceted approach to achieving nutrient reductions in Champaign county, Illinois." More information here.

March 23, 2010

DO YOU LIVE IN MINNESOTA, WISCONSIN OR ILLINOIS AND GROW SWEET CORN? 
We are offering a risk-free opportunity for sweet corn growers to experiment with reduced nitrogen rates in the Upper Mississippi River Basin. For more information on this unique opportunity to enroll sweet corn growers in the BMP CHALLENGE, please contact us.

August 31, 2007

VISIT THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY’S WATER QUALITY TRADING TOOLKIT

May 7, 2007

VISIT THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY’S NONPOINT SOURCE OUTREACH TOOLBOX

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