Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) in Montana

CSP payments by fiscal year in Montana

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CSP by Sign-up in Montana

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CSP payments by land use and fiscal year in Montana

  • Cropland
  • Rangeland
  • Pasture
  • Forestland
  • Pastured Cropland

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CSP payments by existing or additional practices in Montana

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CSP payments by contract size in Montana

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Most commonly used enhancement practices for CSP contracts in Montana

RankEnhancementNumber of Contracts
1Rotation of supplement and feeding areas767
2Use drift reducing nozzles, low pressures, lower boom height and adjuvants to reduce pesticide drift560
3Retrofit watering facility for wildlife escape541
4Harvest hay in a manner that allows wildlife to flush and escape375
5Monitor key grazing areas to improve grazing management332
6Monitoring nutritional status of livestock using the NUTBAL PRO System259
7High level Integrated Pest Management to reduce pesticide environmental risk221
8Split nitrogen applications 50% after crop/pasture emergence/green up201
9Wildlife Friendly Fencing191
10Grazing management to improve wildlife habitat179
11GPS, targeted spray application (SmartSprayer), or other chemical application electronic control tec173
12Renovation of a windbreak or shelter belt, or hedgerow for wildlife habitat161
13Apply controlled release nitrogen fertilizer159
14Managing Calving to Coincide with Forage Availability110
15Biological suppression and other non-chemical techniques to manage brush, weeds and invasive species107
16Resource-Conserving Crop Rotation98
17Apply nutrients no more than 30 days prior to planned planting date97
18Establish pollinator habitat82
19Recycle 100% of farm lubricants78
20Range Grazing Bundle #173

CSP contracts by Practice Suite in Montana

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CSP acreage by land use in Montana

  • Cropland
  • Rangeland
  • Pasture
  • Forestland
  • Pastured Cropland

CSP Resource Concerns in Montana

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CSP payments by county in Montana, 2011-2014

1Dawson County, Montana$7,294,561
2Liberty County, Montana$7,172,317
3Hill County, Montana$6,338,530
4Toole County, Montana$5,647,474
5Sheridan County, Montana$4,916,619
6Stillwater County, Montana$3,858,999
7Pondera County, Montana$3,816,793
8Teton County, Montana$3,753,266
9Phillips County, Montana$3,697,560
10Fergus County, Montana$3,358,279
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USDA Census of Agriculture Data for Montana, 2012

Land in Montana, 2012

Land typeAcres
Number of Farms:28,008
Total Acres in Farms:59,758,917
Cropland Acres:17,022,177
Permanent pasture and rangeland:39,293,812
Woodland Acres:2,609,922
Farmsteads, homes, buildings, facilities, ponds, roads, wasteland, etc. Acres:833,006

Livestock in Montana, 2012

LivestockNumber of Animals
Cattle and calves inventory2,633,740
Layers inventory 464,802
Sheep and lambs inventory236,646
Hogs and pigs inventory173,953
Broilers and other meat-type chickens sold166,380

Crops in Montana, 2012


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