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Wetlands may be part of rotation
November 14, 2005 By DYLAN
DARLING H&N Staff Writer
There's not a market for the
aquatic plants, but turning fields into temporary
wetlands for one to four years produces fertile
soil, rid of pests. The practice has been going on
for more than a decade on agricultural land leased
on the Tule Lake and Lower Klamath National Wildlife
Making the wetlands
sometimes requires building dikes around fields, but
it doesn't require the planting of aquatic plants.
In the fields that stay
wetlands for more than a year, bulrush and other
plants start to grow, also from seed stock already
in the ground, Maiss said.
With the boost in crop yields minus the cost of
chemically treating a field for pests, the fields
are hot when it comes bidding time for lease lands.
Farmers bid twice as much
for land that has been in the walking wetlands
program then they do for land that hasn't, he said.
Also, crops grown in fields that have been under
water for three years can be labeled organic.
Mike Noonan, who farms on
and near Lower Klamath refuge, has turned some of
his fields and private fields he leases into
temporary wetlands, but said he wants to see if the
federal government will add incentives by providing
funds through the Natural Resource Conservation
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