Best Management Practice Tour
On June 11th, approximately fifty people attended a free Agricultural Best Management Practice Tour, hosted by Tidewater Soil & Water Conservation District. The educational tour featured a chartered bus ride to local farms to view installed Best Management Practices and a delicious complimentary dinner at Ann’s Family Dining.
Our first stop was at Randy Revercomb’s Smoky Point Farm in Water View, where we viewed marsh grass buffers and breakwaters for shoreline stabilization. Mr. Revercomb and Michael Vanlandingham, Shoreline Engineer with the Dept. of Conservation & Recreation, explained the installation process and the benefits of these successful BMPs.
Upon arriving at Bill Farinholt's Boxley Farm in Harcum, the Honorable Delegate Harvey Morgan addressed the crowd concerning the critical need to protect our valuable natural resources.
Chris Lawrence, Cropland Agronomist with Natural Resources Conservation Services, provided an informative presentation of the rainfall simulator. He demonstrated how an average rainfall can create dramatic erosion and runoff effects on parking lots, tilled soil, and no tilled soil. It was fascinating to actually see how the different surfaces created such varied results. Charlie Ivins, NRCS, provided assistance with the preparation and presentation of the rainfall simulator.
Next, the group enjoyed a hay wagon ride, provided by Chuck Hunt and Charles Rich, throughout Boxley Farm. Along the ride we toured the properly managed farm that included no- till crops, cover crops, wildlife habitat plots, and timber management practices.
Throughout the tour:
Jeff Davis, Farm Service Agency, updated everyone on the Conservation Reserve Program.
David Moore and Paul Davis, Virginia Cooperative Extension, reported on the benefits of using nitrogen injector equipment.
Ken Sterner, VDOF, highlighted various successful timber management practices.
Bill Farinholt demonstrated the quail surrogator and explained the benefits of installing wildlife habitat plots.
The evening concluded with a delicious complimentary dinner at Ann’s Family Dining. Tidewater SWCD would like to thank all of our volunteers for their hard work and dedication to conservation that made this tour a great success.
Randy Revercomb– Smoky Point Farm
Wayne & Jason Bray
Bill Farinholt– Boxley Farm
Colonial Virginia Bank
Chuck Hunt– Clas Corporation
Robert Waring, Jr.
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