Time is running out to enroll in Pheasants Forever, Purina, and SDSU Soil Health Program

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Pheasants Forever and their partners are accepting applications through June 30 for the Soil Health and Habitat Program funded by Purina, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the 2nd Century Habitat Fund. This program is in partnership with SDSU Extension’s Every Acre Counts program. Pheasants Forever staff and participating landowners will utilize TrueTerra Insights Engine and Profit Zone Manager to analyze individual fields and assess options to improve both the profitability and conservation value of the land.

“This is a great opportunity to put data to use and find opportunities to use conservation practices to reduce input costs resulting in greater profits for the producer and increase soil and water conservation on their acres, truly a win-win for all involved,” said Matt Morlock, state coordinator for Pheasants Forever.

After analysis, Pheasants Forever will provide free seed and a $150 per acre one-time payment for land being returned to perennial grasses or $20 per acre for annual cover crops in return for a five-year commitment to the program. Planted acres can be hayed or grazed outside the primary nesting season to help build soil health.

“The Every Acre Counts program provides producers with precision economic production analysis to enable improved allocations of crop input investments and land use management which is critical for natural resource sustainability," said Anthony Bly, SDSU Extension soils field specialist and Every Acre Counts project coordinator.

Producers are encouraged to contact their local Pheasants Forever biologist, Matt Morlock (605) 881-8258 or Anthony Bly (605) 690-4563.