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Evaluation: Personal Conservation Assessment Tool

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General Information:

Please fill out each blank completely.

Land Use:

Please fill out each blank completely base upon the cropping year just completed.

Instructions: In this section, use the answers “yes,” “no,” or “n/a” to accurately answer the stated question in the specific context of your individual farming operation during the immediate past cropping year. Only use “n/a” if the mentioned practice does not apply to your farming operation. For example, an “n/a” would be an appropriate answer for anyone answering questions related to aquaculture that does not grow catfish, prawns, or other freshwater aquaculture commodities. This specific information is confidential, but will be added to the information gathered from all other Delta F.A.R.M. members to document the composite environmental benefits generated by all Delta F.A.R.M. members.

Soil Conservation, Water Quality & Water Supply
Do you have a Soil Conservation Plan?
Do you have filter strips or buffers on your farm?
Do you have grass waterways (vegetative ditches)?
Do you have terraces or contour farm on extreme slopes?
Do you use conservation tillage practices?
Do you use water-control structures (pipes with riser)?
Do you manage crop residues?
Do you sub-soil or chisel in the fall?
Do you rotate crops?
Do you have raised turnrows or pads around your fields?
Do you double crops?
Do you use cover crops?
Do you maintain riparian areas near water (buffers)?
Do you hold winter water on your fields?
Do you maintain good grass cover on exterior pond levees?
Do you use 6/3 water management system in catfish ponds?
Do you extend catfish pond drains past the toe of the levee?
Do you utilize seining pads in catfish ponds?
Do you precision landform fields for irrigation?
Do you use straight levees in rice production?
Do you use zero grade fields in rice production?
Do you use side inlet irrigation in rice production?
Do you use a flowmeter to monitor water use?
Do you use a timer on irrigation water wells?
Do you capture and use surface water for irrigation?
Do you use a formal tail water recovery system?
Do you use a formal on farm storage pond?
Do you use sprinkler irrigation systems?
Do you use PHAUCET?
Do you use surge valves?
Do you use soil moisture probes to schedule irrigation events?
Do you use the Mississippi Irrigation Scheduling Tool, Arkansas Irrigation Scheduling Tool, or a similar “check book” style irrigation scheduling tools?
Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Petroleum Stewardship
Do you have filter strips around mixing facilities?
Do you have back-siphon check valves?
Do you utilize a closed or a semi-closed mixing systems?
Do you use precision application technologies?
Do you use drift reduction BMPs (wind, droplet size, etc.)?
Do you use Integrated Pest Management System (IPM)?
Do you select genetics packages that reduce pesticide use?
Do you rotate crops?
Do you manage crop residues?
Do you impound winter water?
Do you use variable rate mixed fertilizer applications?
Do you use a “spring burn down” to manage winter weeds?
Do you use resistance management tools and strategies?
Do you optimize your planting times for early harvest?
Do you use seed treatments?
Do you apply multiple nitrogen applications?
Do you use an independent crop consultant?
Hazardous and Solid Waste Disposal
Do you recycle empty pesticide containers?
Do you recycle used oil?
Do you recycle used batteries?
Do you recycle used tires?
Do you recycle used polypipe?
Wildlife Management and Wildlife Habitat Enhancement
Do you have a wildlife management plan?
Do you leave crops for wildlife?
Do you maintain riparian areas around rivers and wetlands?
Do you plant supplemental food sources for wildlife?
Do you flood fields for waterfowl?
Do you construct or maintain habitat for wildlife?

Instructions: In this section, producers should answer the following questions to the best of their ability, using numeric values. Most questions are intended to quantify the amount of voluntary conservation practiced on your farm. This specific information is confidential, but will be added to the information gathered from all other Delta F.A.R.M. members to document the composite environmental benefits generated by all Delta F.A.R.M. members.

Estimate the number of acres on your farming operation on which you:
Estimate the number of acres on your farming operation, which is irrigated with:
Estimate the number of acres of:
Estimate the number of acres you have enrolled in the following USDA Programs:
Estimate the number of acres you have “treated” with conservation practices partially funded through EQIP: