CooperativeAgriculturalOpportunity2021


Cooperative Agricultural Opportunity at Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking bids to farm 210 acres within the Bellrose Waterfowl Reserve (Bellrose) which is part of Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge. Cooperative Agriculture is used at Bellrose to achieve waterfowl management objectives by providing habitat and supplementing natural food resources throughout the waterfowl migration. As a result, this farming program requires that agricultural crops be planted, cultivated, and harvested in accordance with Special Conditions for Farming (Attachment 1) and other requirements described below.

 

I. What &Where:

Eight farm fields totaling 210 acres at Bellrose are described in the attached Crop Plan and Field Descriptions

(Attachment 2)

  1. Acreage will be rented for a period of three crop years beginning Feb 1, 2021 and ending Dec. 31, 2023.
  2. Fields are located within the Bellrose Waterfowl Reserve off Butter Ridge Road east of Ullin, IL in Pulaski County, T14S, R1E Section 17 & 18 – Attachment 3 includes Map of Field Locations.

II. How to bid:

  1. Review General Conditions for Bids (see Section III below).
  2. Complete and return Bid Sheet (Attachment 4) along with the Special Use Permit Application (Attachment 5) to: Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge office, 137 Rustic Campus Drive Ullin, IL 62992 by 2p.m. Friday, January 22, 2021
  3. A public Bid Opening will be held at 3p.m. on Friday, January 22, 2021 at the Refuge Office, 137 Rustic Campus Drive, Ullin, Illinois. All bidders are welcome to attend.
  4. The highest bidder will be selected as the permittee, assuming they can document comparable farming experience. In the event of a tie, a random drawing will decide the permittee.
  5. Refuge staff will notify the highest bidder if not present at the bid opening.
  6. Questions regarding the bid process: contact Refuge Biologist, Karen Mangan at 618-634-2231.
  7. Site visits can be arranged by calling the Refuge office at 618-634-2231.
 

III. General Conditions for Bids:

  1. Bids will be on a per acre basis. Bidders will need to determine what they are willing to pay per acre farmed for each year’s cropping plan then take that average for the three years. This average price per acre will be the bid. This is the price the bidder will pay each year for acres farmed. The highest bidder will be selected as the permittee.
  2. Bids will be valid for a 3-year period with a Special Use Permit issued in Year 1 (2021) and renewed annually for the two subsequent years (2021- 2023). If the permittee does not honor the bid, farming rights will be given to the next highest bidder in this bid cycle or re-bid at the discretion of the Service. If it is re-bid, the original permittee will not be allowed to bid at that time.
  3. Once a bid is accepted, 25% of the annual payment must be made each year by February 1 upon the issuance of the Special Use Permit. The remaining 75% of the payment will be made each year by December 1.
 

IV. Crop Plan:

The Plan covers planting 210 acres of crops. The permittee must agree with Special Conditions for Farming (Attachment 1). Corn, soybeans, rice, milo or other crop will be planted on 210 acres and harvested each year by the permittee, with the exception of 25% of the crop which will be left in designated fields for migrating waterfowl. Refuge staff will designate where crop will be left standing each year.

Refuge staff reserve the right to change the crop plan due to flooding. Acreages will remain the same, but locations planted within fields are subject to change if high water does not allow for farming in the areas designated. In the rare occasion that more than ½ of the acres are not able to be farmed during a year because of flooding, the permittee will pay only for the acres farmed that year and the Refuge Manager may allow the permittee an additional year of farming at the original accepted bid rate. If crops were planted and destroyed by flooding and the permittee received insurance payments and/or replanted crops, this would be considered a year farmed and an additional year would not be given.

V. Permitting Requirements:

  1. Before work onsite, the permittee must have an approved Special Use Permit (FWS form 3-1383-C) for the year farmed. The Special Use Permit will be issued and approved by the Refuge Manager and include an annual farm plan that identifies crops to be planted and harvested, use of pesticides, use of best management practices, and special conditions. The Special Use Permit also requires the permittee to submit a final Harvest Report identifying acres planted, acres harvested, and herbicides applied. The Special Use Permit is completed, issued, and signed by the Refuge Manager.

 

  1. The permittee will be required to sign the Special Conditions for Farming (Attachment 1) 

VI. Reporting Requirements

  1. The permittee will be required to submit a final Harvest Report (Attachment 6) by December 31.
  2. Seed labels and receipts must be submitted to the Refuge Manager by the permittee before any planting occurs.
  3. Upon completion of the farming year, the permittee will receive a successful or unsuccessful rating from the Refuge Manager. The permittee may receive an unsuccessful rating for not complying with crop plans, following pesticide use guidelines, meeting planting deadlines of specified crops or other general conditions. This determination will be made by using the Farming Checklist and Evaluation (Attachment 7). If the permittee receives an unsuccessful rating, farming rights will be given to the next highest bidder from the bidding process. If none of the original bidders are interested, the bidding process will be restarted.
 

VII. Summary of Cooperative Agriculture Program

Individuals have the opportunity to submit a bid/per acre for the Cooperative Agricultural opportunity at Bellrose Waterfowl Reserve which is part of Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge. The selected permittee will be responsible for the following specifications for the Cooperative Agriculture Program:

  1. Plant 210 acres within the Bellrose Waterfowl Reserve to corn, rice, soybeans, milo or other crop for a 3-year period, as outlined in the crop plan.
  2. Harvest 157 acres (75%) each year leaving 53 acres (25%) of crop standing in designated field locations for migrating waterfowl.
  3. Follow Special Conditions for Farming (Attachment 1).
  4. Submit Harvest Report (Attachment 6).
  5. Follow guidelines on pesticide use and end of year reporting requirements (Attachments 1 & 8).
 

Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge –Attachment 1

Special Conditions for Farming

A. The government share of the total farm acreage will consist of designated crops provided by the permittee. See the attached farm plan for the total farmable acreage of crop and the government share of unharvested crop.

B. Permittee is required to implement and/or maintain site specific Best Management Practices (BMPs)
  1. Land alterations including but not limited to, ditching, land leveling, filling, and clearing will be done only upon approval of Refuge Manager.
  2. No fall disking is allowed without prior approval from Refuge Manager. Any acreage disked in the fall will require a winter cover crop.
  3. Buffers/filter strips will be maintained on field borders and primary field drains. Stripswill be 30 feet wide and composed of native grasses maintained by mowing. No ditching, disking, or other farm practices will be allowed in filter strips, except for mowing.
C.  The use of GMO (genetically-modified organisms) crops is not allowed on the Refuge.

D.  Neonicotinoid-treated (or other insecticide-treated) seed is not permitted.

E.  An approved Pesticide Use Proposal is required before pesticide application and the permittee is required to follow associated guidelines:
  1. Only pesticides from the attached list may be requested for use on crops (Attachment 8)
  2. Cooperator is required to give advanced notice (24 hours) of pesticide application.
  3. Pesticide application on any other vegetation is allowed only with approval by the Refuge Manager.
  4. No chemicals will be sprayed within 100 feet of open water, creeks or wetlands as designated by refuge manager. Use of certain herbicides will require a buffer of 150 feet, or more, from water. Cooperator must ensure the use of required 150-foot buffer(s) as needed.
  5. Herbicides will not be applied when wind speed is in excess of 10mph, under inversion conditions, or when circumstances increase the probability of drift to non-target areas.
  6. Pesticide label application instructions will be adhered to and efforts will be made by the permittee to reduce use of chemicals through alternative nonchemical pest control techniques.
  7. The permittee is required to report pesticide application on the Harvest Report (Attachment 6) and furnish to Refuge Manager by December 31.
  8. Misuse of approved pesticides or use of any unapproved pesticides will result in termination of the Special Use Permit.
  9. No insecticides will be used on the refuge.
  10. Cooperator must maintain proper Illinois pesticide certification (ie. Operator or applicator license), or Operator Pesticide Certification if contracting-out spraying.
F.  The permittee may begin farming operations February 15.
G.  The permittee is required to notify Refuge Manager of enrollment in FSA program(s). All acreage reporting will be the responsibility of the permittee.

H.  All crops shall be planted and harvested as early as possible with a target date for completion of harvesting operations of November 15. Refuge crops will be fertilized at the same rate as the permittee’s and receive every other like kind treatment (crop scouting, pesticides, tillage, etc.), unless specified by refuge manager.

I.   The permittee will abide by all appropriate State and Federal Regulations pertaining to storage, use, and disposal of hazardous materials (oils, solvents, pesticides, pesticide containers, etc.). The permittee will immediately notify Refuge Manager in event of any accidental hazardous material release and take appropriate measures to contain the release.

J.   Burning of any kind is not permitted on the refuge by the permittee.

K.  Any violation of these conditions will be grounds for termination or non-renewal of the Special Use Permit.

 

I understand and agree to all special conditions of the Cooperative Farming Agreement.

 

____________________________                              __________________

Permittee's Signature                                                  Date

 

Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge –Attachment 2

Crop Plan and Unit Descriptions

Cropping Plan-acreage does not include buffer strips *

Field

Crop Acres

2021

2022

2023

13

95

Corn

Soybeans

Corn

10a

19

Soybeans

Corn

Soybeans

11

28

Soybeans

Corn

Soybeans

7

18

Soybean

Corn

Soybean

Unit 1

50

Rice

none

none

Unit 2

50

none

Corn

none

Unit 3

50

none

none

Corn

Total

 

210

210

210

 

Unit Descriptions-acreage includes buffer strips

Field

Acres

Field Description

13

95

38% Ginat silt loam, 0-2 percent slopes, rarely flooded, 24.6% Okaw silt loam, 0 to 2 percent slopes, rarely flooded, 21.4% Bonnie silt loam, 0 to 2 percent slopes, frequently flooded, 2.7% Belknap Silt Loam, 0 to 2 percent slopes, frequently flooded, 2.1% Hatfield silt loam, 2 to 5 percent slopes, rarely flooded

10a

19

40% Ginat silt loam, 0-2 percent slopes, rarely flooded, 39% Belknap silt loam, 0 to 2 percent slopes, frequently flooded, 12.3% Alvin fine sandy loam, 2 to 5 percent slopes, rarely flooded, 5.9% Birds silt loam, 0 to 2 percent slopes, frequently

flooded, 1.9 % Bonnie silt loam, 0 to 2 percent slopes, frequently flooded

11

28

100 % Ginat silt loam, 0 to 2 percent slopes, rarely flooded

7

18

61.4% Okaw silt loam, 0 to 2 percent slopes, rarely flooded, 35.0

% Ginat silt loam, 0 to 2 percent slopes, rarely flooded, 3.6% Alvin fine sandy loam, 2 to 5 percent slopes, rarely flooded

8

50

82.6% Birds Silt Loam 0 to 2 percent slope, frequently flooded, 13.4% Bonnie and Petrolia soils undrained, 0-2 percent slope, frequently flooded, 4%

Belknap Silt Loam, 0-2% slope, frequently flooded

16

50

32.4 % Bonnie and Petrolia soils undrained, 0-2 percent slope, frequently flooded, 28.3% Birds Silt Loam 0 to 2 percent slope, frequently flooded, 2% Alvin fine sandy loam, 2-5% slopes, rarely flooded, 1% Alvin fine sandy

loam 5-10 percent slopes, rarely flooded

17,1

50

82.4% Bonnie and Petrolia soils undrained, 0-2 percent slope, frequently flooded, 16.6%, Birds Silt Loam 0 to 2 percent slope, frequently flooded, 1% Alvin fine sandy loam 2-5 percent slopes, rarely flooded


Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge – Attachment 4

Bid Sheet for Bellrose Waterfowl Reserve

 

Instructions:

  1. Read entire Cooperative Agricultural document.
  2. Complete this Bid Sheet (Attachment 4).
  3. Complete 1st Page of Special Use Permit Application (Attachment 5).
  4. Place Bid Sheet and Special Use Permit Application in an envelope and seal.
  5. Mail or deliver sealed envelope to Cypress Creek NWR by Friday, January 22, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.
  6. Public Bid Opening: 3:00p.m. Friday, January 22, 2021 at the Refuge Office. All bidders are welcome to attend.

If bid sheet is not completed correctly and clearly legible or the Special Use Permit Application page 1 is not completed or the envelope is not sealed the bid will not be considered.

 

Bidding: Please evaluate the attached Crop Plan and place your bid based upon the average you would pay per acre each year. This will be your competing bid and the highest bidder will be selected, assuming they can document comparable farming experience. Your annual rent will be your bid amount per acre multiplied by 210 acres for each year. In the event of a tie, the winning bidder will be randomly drawn from the competing bidders. Feel free to end your bid with cents to help avoid ties such as $100.08/acre rather than $100/acre.

 

Bid Amount ($/acre):                                                  

 

Name:                                                                             Address:                      Phone Number:                                                                                         

 

Can you document comparable farming experience? (The highest bidder will be asked to provide documentation, for example data from FSA).  Yes  or   No

 

I have read and if selected agree to the permit conditions listed in the bid package. Signature:                              Date:                                                    

Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge is located at 137 Rustic Campus Rd, Ullin, IL 62992



Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge – Attachment 6

Final Harvest Report

Please complete the form and return to Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge by December 31, 2021.

Field

Crop Acres

Acres Planted

Acres Harvested

Crop

Yield/Acre

Pesticide

Number of Applications

Gallons Used

Acres Treated

13

95

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10a

19

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11

28

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7

18

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

50

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

16

50

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

17,1

50

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge is located at 137 Rustic Campus Rd, Ullin, IL 62992


Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge – Attachment 7

Farming Checklist and Evaluation

 

Special Use Permit #                                                                            


Permittee Name:                                                                                     

Special Use Permit signed and issued prior to start of farming activities?        Yes    No

25% of annual payment received by February 1?                                         Yes    No

Pesticide Use Proposals requested and issued prior to pesticide application?   Yes    No

Special Use Permit submitted to county Farm Service Agent? 

Seed labels and receipts submitted to Refuge Manager prior to seeding?

 Yes

 Yes

   No

    No

Pesticide use reported within 10 days of all pesticide applications?

Yes

No

Unauthorized pesticides applied?

Yes

No

Crop Plan as identified in the SUP was carried out?

Yes

No

Final Harvest Report submitted to Refuge Manager by December 31st?

Yes

No

75% of annual payment received by December 1st?

Yes

No

 

 

 

 

 

    
  

 

Refuge Manager                                                                      Date


Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge – Attachment 8

Pesticides granted field station level approval in Region 3 under limited conditions.

 

Pesticide

Some Trade Names

Sethoxydim

Grass Getter, Poast, Poast Plus, Sethoxydim SPC, Sethoxydim E-Pro

Imazapic

Plateau, Cadre

Imazapyr

Arsenal, Chopper, Ecomazapyr 2 SL, Gullwing, Groundclear, Habitat,

Imazapyr 2 SL, Imazapyr 4 SL, Polaris, Polaris AC, Polaris SP, Rotary 2 SL, Stalker, etc.

Imazethapyr

Clearpath, Newpath, Pursuit, Thunder

Metsulfuron

Accurate, Escort, Manor, MSM 60, Patriot, Rometsol

Rimsulfuron

Basis, Matrix, Matrix FNV, Matrix SG, Resolve DF, Resolve SG, Resolve Q

Thifensulfuronmethyl

Harmony, Affinity Broadspec, First Shot SG, Resolve Q

Tribenuronmethyl

Express, First Shot SG, Afinity, Harmony Extra SG

2,4-D amine

2,4-D Amine 4, Amine 4 2,4-D Weed Killer, Clean Amine, DMA 4 IVM, Dri- Clean, Orchard Star, Saber, Temstyle, Weedar 64, Weedaxe, Weedestroy,

AM-40 Amine, etc.

Aminopyralid

Milestone Specialty, Milestone VM

Clopyralid

Clopyralid 3, Clean Slate, Garrison, Spur, Star Thistle Killer, Stinger, Transline, etc.

Triclopyr amine

Element 3A, Garlon 3A, Grandstand CA, Green Light Cut Vine & Stump Killer, Image, Kraken, Platform, Renovate 3, Tahoe 3A Turflon Amine, etc.

Triclopyr ester

Element 4, Forestry Garlon XRT, Garlon 4, Garlon 4Ultra, Pathfinder II, Relegate RTU, Remedy , Remedy Ultra, Tahoe 4E, Turflon Ester, etc.

Glyphosate

Accord Concentrate, Accord SP, Accord XRT, Accord XRT II, Alecto 41S, Aquamaster, AquaNeat, Aqua Star, Buccaneer, Buccaneer Plus, Cornerstone, Cornerstone Plus, Eraser AQ, Extra Credit 5, GlyphoMate 41, Glyphos, Glyphos Aquatic, Glyphosate 4+, Glyphosate 5.4, Glyphosate Pro 4, Glyphos X-TRA, Gly Star Original, Gly Star Pro, Honcho, Honcho Plus, KleenUp Pro, Makaze, Mirage, Mirage Plus, Prosecutor, Ranger Pro, Razor Pro, Remuda, Rodeo, Roundup Original, Roundup OriginalMAX, Roundup PowerMax, Roundup Pro, Roundu Pro Concentrate, Roundup ProMax, Roundup

UltraMax, Roundup WeatherMAX, etc.

 

Commercial Activities Special Use Permit

 

                        MAPS

 

Figure 1. Existing Farm Fields-Bellrose Waterfowl Reserve

 

Figure 2. Areas Proposed for farming 2021-2023

           

Figure 3. Proposed Farm Areas 2021

 

Figure 4. Proposed Farm Areas 2022

 

Figure 5. Proposed Farm Areas 2023