We offer an expanding array of conservation education programs throughout Miami County and the Hillsdale Lake Watershed.
Topics available for grades 5-12 include:
PRODUCT SALES AND RENTAL
In addition to our financial and technical assistance programs, the District rents and sells products to assist landowners to do their part in caring for our soil and water resources. Proceeds from our sales and rentals fund our conservation education programs and awards.
We also maintain a list of contractors who can help when the job requires it.
Custom Blended Seed Mixes: The District is eager to help create custom blended seed mixes, including native grasses and forbes, cover crop mixes, pollinator mixes, honey bee mixes, and other specialty blends to assist with erosion control, pasture/hayland enhancement, and wildlife habitat needs. Since we do not keep seed at our office, the costs will vary depending on the mix and quantity.
We work directly with NRCS and FSA to assure the seed we order meet program requirements for CRP, EQIP and pollinator programs. We may also be able to provide plans or maps of the acres to be seeded and technical guidance for specific site conditions, including key planting dates and seeding sheets.
Marking Flags: Flags are red and have a 30″ wire stake. $10 per bundle of 100.
Construction Fabric: For lining the ground around water tanks, heavy use areas, etc. to hold gravel in place. Fabric is 15-ft wide. $2.50 per linear foot.
Conservation Trees and Shrubs: Plantings may function as wildlife habitat, windbreaks, wood lots, timber plantations, or educational and riparian (streambank) plantings. Spring distribution (Dec thru April) offers both bare root and container-grown seedlings for sale. Fall distribution (Sept thru Oct) offers only container-grown seedlings. Costs will vary depending on the variety and quantity.
Soil Testing and Nutrient Analysis: Application of excess fertilizer wastes money and can potentially pollute our creeks, rivers and lakes. Soil test recommendations allow producers to apply the proper amounts of fertilizer.
We have created a cost share program with K-State Research and Extension to help reduce the cost of soil testing if the landowner agrees to not exceed K‐State fertilization recommendations. Miami County residents can get the basic analysis for FREE, on up to 10 agriculture or 6 residential samples. Download the soil sample form here or contact the Marais des Cygnes District office at 913-294-4306 for more details.
Truax Seed Slinger: For seeding native grass and wildflower stands no greater than one acre. Hand operated unit with adjustable backpack style shoulder strap. $25/day (This unit is NOT to be used to distribute fertilizer)
No-Till Drill: The District no longer owns the no-till drill. Mike Douglass is the owner/operator of the drill and is available on contract. See our Contractor List for contact information.
Contractors are available to assist in constructing terraces and waterways, installing pipeline and water tanks, clearing brush, seeding grass and more. Download the latest list here or pick one up in our office.