Palo Alto FSA Update by Lisa Forberger, CED
Mid Contract Management (MCM) on CRP acres is a requirement. The purpose is to manage established plant communities in order to maintain an early successional state. Management will increase plant community species and structural diversity. It also provides wildlife habitat and provides habitat for declining species. It also removes duff and controls woody vegetation.
The most common MCM is prescribed burning to remove excess litter. Controlled fire can allow germination of seed bearing annuals, increase the plant species diversity, control unwanted woody cover and open up the stand for movement of small animals and birds.
You will find the details in your Conservation Plan of Operations. This activity must take place before the primary nesting season begins on May 15, 2018. We have many contracts requiring MCM this year. After you have completed the MCM activity, paperwork must be completed certifying the performance. Failure to do so could result in noncompliance which is a violation of your CRP contract.
If you have any questions, please contact Palo Alto or Emmet County USDA Service Center at (Emmetsburg) 712-852-3386 or Estherville (712-362-7221)