Last year saw numerous gains as the Hendricks County Soil & Water Conservation District works toward enhanced soil and water quality. Attendees at the recent 71st annual meeting learned what the district accomplished during 2022.
Another 505 acres entered the roster of no-till cropping. Cover crops on harvested fields grew by 3,166 acres. More than 16 acres of field borders were added.
A 6,500 square-foot heavy use protection area ensures diminished run-off during rain events. Nearly 57 acres were stabilized by pasturing and hay planting.
The pest management campaign grew by more than 26,000 acres.
The district convened 17 workshops devoted to educating the public about conservation measures. More than eight acres underwent brush management, and more than 16,000 acres are undergoing nutrient management, reducing unwanted run-off into waterways and unnecessary fertilization.
More than 16 acres were devoted to pollinator habitat and the district sold 267 native trees. Tree sales generate revenues used for district programs.