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Water + Energy Progress Awards identify and spotlight innovations in energy efficiency and water conservation on Kansas farms and ranches.  We will continue to add resources with each new case study, so check back often!

Book List from Fuller Field School

Date Added: Aug 01, 2013

During the 2013 Field Day at Gail Fuller's Farm, presenters chose their favorite books to hand out as door prizes. This is a great reading list!


>> Category: Natural Resource and Conservation 
>> Case Study: Gail Fuller 

USDA NRCS, Soil Health Key Points

Date Added: Sep 03, 2013

The NRCS campaign, “Unlock the Secrets of Soil,” focuses on the benefits and methods of improving soil health. Soil Health Key Points provides basic facts on soil health and provides a path to improving soil health and sustainability. A Soil Health Management plan is a great way to focus efforts. It saves energy by using less fuel and maximizing nutrient cycling. It saves water and increases drought tolerance through increased infiltration and water holding capacity. It improves income s


>> Category: Cover Crops 
>> Case Study: Dale Strickler Gail Fuller Darrin Unruh 

No-till can save water, pumping crops

Date Added: Sep 03, 2013

Cover crops can save water and energy through reduced pumping costs for irrigators. “Irrigated crops grown in no-till may require three to five inches less water from rain or irrigation than those grown under conventional tillage”


>> Category: No-Till 
>> Case Study: Dale Strickler Darrin Unruh Gail Fuller 

Soil Organic Matter

Date Added: Sep 03, 2013

“Aim to improve soil organic matter and soil function, rather than to implement a particular set of practices.”


>> Category:
>> Case Study: Gail Fuller 

Managing Cover Crops in Conservation Tillage Systems

Date Added: Sep 03, 2013




>> Category: Cover CropsNo-Till 
>> Case Study: Dale Strickler Darrin Unruh Gail Fuller 

NRCS Energy Estimator: Tillage

Date Added: Sep 03, 2013

“The Energy Estimator for Tillage tool estimates diesel fuel use and costs in the production of key crops in your area and compares potential energy savings between conventional tillage and alternative tillage systems. The crops covered are limited to the most predominant crops in 74 Crop Management Zones (CMZ's). NRCS agronomists have identified these crops and estimated the fuel use associated with common tillage systems. The Energy Estimator gives you an idea of the magnitude of


>> Category:
>> Case Study: Gail Fuller 

2012-2013 Cover Crop Survey

Date Added: Sep 03, 2013

The 2012-2013 Cover Crop Survey reports on 759 farmers who used cover crops on about 218,000 acres in 2012. The report covers the adoption, benefits, challenges, and yield impacts of cover crops.


>> Category: Cover Crops 
>> Case Study: Gail Fuller 

Soil Quality and No-Till

Date Added: Sep 03, 2013

No-till improves soil quality in both the short - (five years) and long-term (20 or more years). No-till with crop rotation allows soil forming processes to proceed. Benefits compound each year that the soil remains undisturbed. Crop rotation and diversity accelerate the rate of change. This chapter covers the improvements of soil quality. Soil qualities enhanced by no-till affect organic matter, water infiltration, structure, temperature, bulk density,


>> Category: Soil HealthNo-Till 
>> Case Study: Dale Strickler Darrin Unruh Gail Fuller 

Cover Crops for Clean Water

Date Added: Sep 03, 2013

Soil and Water Conservation Survey


>> Category: Cover Crops 
>> Case Study: Gail Fuller 

Conservation Practices that Save: Crop Residue Management: Save ENERGY, Save MONEY

Date Added: Sep 03, 2013

“Conservation tillage systems have at least 30 percent of last year’s crop residue on the soil at planting. Residue adequately controls erosion by both wind and water, among other conservation benefits.
A producer can save at least 3.5 gallons of fuel per acre by going from conventional tillage methods to no-till. At November 2005 diesel prices, this amounts to $7.70 per acre in production cost savings. On a farm with 1,000 acres of cropland, these savings add up to 3,500 gallons of


>> Category: Cover CropsNo-Till 
>> Case Study: Dale Strickler Darrin Unruh Gail Fuller 

Cocktail Blends provide fall grazing, soil health

Date Added: Sep 03, 2013

Cocktail Blends provide fall grazing, soil health
Beef Magazine



>> Category: Cover Crops 
>> Case Study: Gail Fuller 

Plenty of Positives with No-Till System

Date Added: Sep 03, 2013


No-till is a conservation system that provides environmental benefits without having to take the land out of production. Such benefits include increasing wildlife habitats, storing carbon, increasing soil organic matter, improving soil quality, preventing runoff and erosion, increasing infiltration, conserving soil water, and reducing fuel consumption.
from No-Till Farmer


>> Category: No-Till 
>> Case Study: Dale Strickler Darrin Unruh Gail Fuller 

ARS Cover Crop Chart

Date Added: Sep 03, 2013

ARS Cover Crop Chart


>> Category: Cover Crops 
>> Case Study: Gail Fuller 

RMA Cover Crop Fact sheet

Date Added: Sep 03, 2013

RMA Cover Crop Fact sheet


>> Category: Cover Crops 
>> Case Study: Gail Fuller 

Save Soil, Nutrients, Money with Cover Crops

Date Added: Sep 03, 2013

References to SARE studies on the benefits of cover crops


>> Category: Soil HealthCover Crops 
>> Case Study: Dale Strickler Darrin Unruh Gail Fuller 

USDA Cover Crop Fact sheet

Date Added: Sep 03, 2013

USDA Cover Crop Fact sheet


>> Category: Cover Crops 
>> Case Study: Gail Fuller 

Iowa's NRCS: No-Till Will Preserve Soil Moisture For Next Year

Date Added: Aug 28, 2014




>> Category: No-Till 
>> Case Study: Dale Strickler Darin and Nancy Williams Darrin Unruh Gail Fuller Lucinda Stuenkel Mark Eitel