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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Land Management Data within Goodwin Creek Watershed

Location: Watershed Physical Processes Research

2013 Annual Report

1a. Objectives (from AD-416):
Collect land operations data from landowners within Goodwin Creek CEAP watershed.

1b. Approach (from AD-416):
a) Develop letter and questionnaires to obtain land management details on a tract by tract basis from major land managers within the Goodwin Creek Watershed. b) Send questionaires to land managers each year with a letter of instrucitons. c) Collect filled out questionaires and provide to researchers without Personal Identifying Information. d) Provide landowners compensation for the time and effort associated with maintain records and completing questionaires.

3. Progress Report:
The principal focus of the project is to collect land operations data from landowners within Goodwin Creek Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP) benchmark watershed. Work under this agreement included development of letters to introduce the project to land owners and of a questionnaire and data acquisition sheets. It was started by obtaining farm and tract information from Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and identifying 15 land owners who would be contacted to obtain land management details on a tract by tract basis within the Goodwin Creek Watershed. These 15 land owners represented 98% of the cropland, 45% of the pastureland, 67% of the hay land, 48% of the forest and timberland, and 47% of the residential land within the watershed. Geographic Information System (GIS) maps with tract numbers to assist in communicating our needs to land owners were developed. The questionnaires to the landowners were admistered jointly with Panola County NRCS personnel in order to quantify the inputs of fertilizer and pesticides and the output of crop and animal yields. The North Central Mississippi Resource Conservation & Development Council (NCMRCDC) collected the records, removed personally identifiable information, and compensated landowners for their information. Questions were designed to provide land use information suitable for inputs to computer based runoff and erosion models including crop rotation, tillage, amendments, grazing, and forestry practices details.

4. Accomplishments

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