Warrick County Soil and Water Conservation District 

Since FSA status reviews were started back in the late 1980s, fields designated as Highly Erodible Land (HEL) are required to control sheet and rill erosion and ephemeral gully erosion to acceptable levels.  NRCS will be checking to make sure soil loss is at a tolerable amount with field visits to check residue and Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation (RUSLE2) runs to calculate erosion for sheet and rill soil loss.  Ephemeral Gullies are also expected to be controlled with No-Till plus heavier rates of winter grain cover crops or by planting ephemeral area in perennial grass vegetation.  If the grass or no-till/cover crop system doesn't help the gully, structural practices will be needed.  Please see the links above for guidance documents on HEL/Wetland guidance.

Fix It, Don't Disk It!

Equipment for Hire!

We currently have free seed packets available at our office. Here's what we have:

  • Cover Crop Seed - Hairy Vetch / Cereal Rye Mix - one bag covers 100 sq. ft. This is a great all-around cover crop mix for nitrogen fixing, weed fighting, and soil building. Now is the time to be planting cover crops! 
  • Cover Crop Seed - Sodbuster Radish - one bag covers 100 sq. ft. Break up that compacted soil with this specially designed radish.
  • Indiana Native Wildflower Mix - one bag covers 100 sq. ft.
  • Milkweed - each bag contains approximately 40 seeds. An absolute must for any well-rounded pollinator garden. Special thanks to Deb Schade from SWINPAWs for providing these seeds! 

Planting Instructions for free seed packets:

Warrick SWCD Annual Meeting - January 22, 2018 - Reserve Your Spot!

The Warrick County SWCD recently installed rainwater harvesting system at the Chandler UMC in Chandler, IN. The system will collect rainwater to support the rapidly expanding community garden hosted by the church. Click on the "Projects" tab above to read more about the newly installed pollinator plot.

Free Seed Packets!

1124 South 8th Street, Boonville, IN 47601

Office Phone: 812-897-2840 ext. 3                   E-mail: warrickswcd@gmail.com

Cover Crop Program

The Warrick SWCD Annual Meeting is scheduled for January 22, 2018 and will take place at the Main Street United Methodist Church in Boonville. Speakers include Whitney McGrew (SWCD Executive Director), Nathan Lind (District Conservationist), and Julie Rayburn (FSA). Doors will open for the event at 6 pm and dinner will start at 6:30 pm. The cost is $5 per attendee, which includes dinner. Call 812-897-2840 ext. 3 to sign up.


The Warrick County Soil and Water Conservation District exists to educate the public on issues relating to conservation of soil and water, promote conservation practices and sustainable solutions relating to degradation of soil and water resources, and provide technical and financial assistance to landowners who seek to preserve and improve soil and water quality.

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The Warrick County SWCD recently installed a pollinator garden for Mrs. Scherle's 3rd Grade Class at Tennyson Elementary. Click on the "Projects" tab above to read more about the newly installed pollinator plot.

The Warrick SWCD has recently been awarded grants from Alcoa and the Indiana Department of Agriculture (Clean Water Indiana). These grants allow us to better provide technical and, importantly, financial assistance to landowners, property managers, schools, and businesses hoping to get conservation practices on the ground. Both rural and residential/urban properties can take advantage of this opportunity. Practices include:

  • Cover crops
  • Pollinator habitat
  • Conservation buffers
  • Tree planting
  • Prescribed grazing
  • Livestock exclusions
  • Rain gardens
  • Rainwater harvesting

Call or e-mail us for more information!

Rainwater Harvesting System - Chandler United Methodist Church Community Garden

The deadline to apply for cover crop cost share has passed; however, if you participated, keep in mind the deadline to plant your cover crops is November 15, 2017. We will begin conducting field checks in the near future. Remember to bring your seed receipt to the office. Thanks to everyone who participated this year!

Recently Awarded Grants Provide Money for Conservation Practices!

This workshop series has been temporarily postponed until 2018. Stay tuned for updates on the new location and time!

Urban Conservation Workshop Series - POSTPONED

Pollinator Garden Installed at Tennyson Elementary

The Warrick County SWCD has several pieces of equipment available for rental such as a harrow with drop seeder, a straw blower, a pan,  and a box scraper. See the "Resources" tab above for more information.