A leader in conservation in Dodge County
DODGE COUNTY - Conservation leader, Dale Macheel, of Dodge County, operates Macheel Enterprises and Werld Farms. Dale is one of the foremost conservation-minded producers in Dodge County.
With over 1,000 cropland acres in production, he knows taking care of his most vital money-maker, his soil, is important.
Dale has a long history with United States Department of Agriculture programs. He began working with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) when he enrolled his first acres in the Farm Service Agency’s Conservation Reserve Program (CRP).
Working with NRCS planners and technicians, Dale also installed soil conservation practices such as grassed waterways, through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). Building on that experience, Dale now includes the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) in his land management plans.
Of all the programs Dale has worked with he says, “CSP is one of the best.” He first enrolled in the CSP in 2010. When it came time to re-enroll his CSP contract, he was looking for a way to incorporate new technology into his operation that offered better economical and environmental benefits.
Using the CSP planning process he chose enhancements AIR 04 and WQL 11, which utilize sprayer and variable rate technology to address air and water quality resource concerns.
Two years into the contract, Dale says “the best part of CSP is getting paid to do new practices. Some of the practices are expensive and I don’t know if I would have taken the chance.”
Incentives offered through CSP made Dales conservation implementation a reality.
Dale also used CSP to introduce cover crops into his cropping system. He followed NRCS planning guidance to establish clover and radish as a cover crop into his winter wheat as a way to protect and enhance soil health and produce nitrogen for the next crop.
Dale explains, “after my cover crop success, I drive by wheat fields and wonder why aren’t others doing this?”