Kansas landowners can plant 35,000 acres for the Habitat for Upland Birds program, under the Conservation Reserve Program practice, CP33.
Since the practice to install wildlife habitat buffers around field borders was initiated in 2004, Kansas CRP participants have applied habitat buffers for upland birds on over 25,000 acres to date. Kansas ranks number one in the nation for acres already enrolled in CP33. Nationally there is over 145,000 acres in CP33. FSA estimates that the nesting and brood-rearing cover created by this initiative will increase bobwhite quail numbers by 750,000 birds annually.
The purpose of CP33 is to provide food and cover for bobwhite quail in cropland acres. Cropland must be suitably located and adaptable to the establishment of bobwhite quail. Buffer species may include native warm-season grass, legumes, wildflowers, forbs, and limited shrub plantings, as specified in the participant's approved conservation plan. This practice qualifies for incentive payments.
Eligible land may be enrolled in CP33 anytime under the continuous CRP. However, signup for the practice will end December 31 or when the acres are all enrolled, whichever comes first. When the entire allocation is enrolled, Kansas will have 62,500 acres in habitat buffers.
A fact sheet on CRP: Northern Bobwhite Quail Habitat Initiative is available at www.fsa.usda.gov, then click on Fact Sheets on the right side of the screen. Or contact the Farm Service Agency at your local USDA Service Center.