Plantskydd is a non-toxic, chemical free organic repellent used to deter deer, elk, moose, rabbits, voles, squirrels and chipmunks from browsing on vegetation. It is not harmful to pollinators, animals or the environment. It is safe for use in protecting vegetables, fruits, legumes and other food crops as well as trees, bushes and flowers. Its active ingredient (porcine or bovine dried blood) is also an organic fertilizer. Plantskydd works by releasing an order that browsing animals associate with predator activity. These browsing animals will avoid the plants before they take a bite.
Plantskydd should be applied in above freezing temperatures before browse begins in spring and the liquid formulation can last up to 4 months during the growing season. It should be reapplied to new growth every 2-4 weeks. It is rain resistant if allowed to dry first for 24 hours. Plantskydd should not be applied directly to the edible parts of fruits and vegetables. It can be sprayed on fruit tree foliage but avoid treatment while buds are forming. Plantskydd can last up to 6 months on winter dormant plants.
If interested in this product, the Pope SWCD has the liquid, soluble-powder concentrate and granular formulas available for purchase.
Landowner enrollment has now begun for the Walk-In Access (WIA) program. The 2021 sign-up goes from March 15 to May 14. Since 2011 its purpose has been to pay private landowners for allowing the public to hunt on their land. The land must be a minimum of 40 acres with high-quality natural vegetation cover. Similar vegetation cover can be found on land already enrolled in conservation programs such as Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) or Reinvest in Minnesota (RIM). The use of the land is only allowed for hunting from Sept. 1 through May 31.
Walk-In Access has expanded through Minnesota and now includes 50 counties and covers 30,000 acres for hunters. If you are interested in using WIA land, you must pay the $3 permit when purchasing your hunting license.
Benefits for enrolling include:
- 2021 sign-up has an increased payment rate of $18/acre.
- Contracts are only 1 to 3 years long.
- MN DNR Conservation Officers enforce hunting laws.
- Can be an additional pay to existing conservation programs such as CRP or RIM.
- DNR will set up and provide signs around property enrolled in the program.
- Access to additional habitat for hunters to enjoy. Also giving an opportunity for new hunters to go to.
Pope County has been able to be a part of this program for many years and we hope to continue this partnership. Our office provides Minnesota DNR Walk-In Access mapping books if anyone is looking for a location to hunt. If you have any questions about the WIA program please contact Pope SWCD and ask for Nicole Brede at 320-634-5327.
We are excited to announce that Pope SWCD is the recipient of the 2021 Minnesota Erosion Control Association (MECA) Environmental Excellence Award for our work over the past several years in the Lake Minnewaska sub watershed project area.
Ross Reiffenberger, West Central Technical Service Area Engineer, nominated Pope SWCD for this award. From his nomination letter, “For years, the Pope SWCD has been working with landowners to educate and install erosion control practices on their land.” Since just 2014, $1,173,300 has been invested in the protection efforts for Lake Minnewaska from the Board of Soil and Water Resources (BWSR) state funded resources including the Clean Water Fund. It should be noted that some projects leveraged federal funding through the Natural Resources Conservation Service which would be in addition to the state funding shown. The SWCD in partnership have implemented 54 practices with 13 new ones in the planning phase.
The Pope SWCD is currently working with the City of Glenwood on a major ravine repair project.Thank you to Ross Reiffenberger and MECA for this recognition. It takes a village to be successful and we are fortunate here in Pope County we have a great community and partners. To learn more about MECA visit: https://mnerosion.org/
To learn more about the Clean Water Fund visit: https://www.legacy.mn.gov/clean-water-fund
Pictured below: Pope SWCD Staff Nicole Brede, Holly Kovarik, Jessica Hoheisel, Kelly Erickson. Pope SWCD Board Keith Nygaard, Tom Talle, Randy Pederson, D. Gary Reents, and Randy Mitteness