I have a little rant so buckle up guys lol Let me start by saying that I think CRP is a good program overall, here it keeps some marginal land out of production, ground that could be farmed, but shouldn't. At the same time I don't believe its fair to make farmers bid against the Gov for decent land. Most of the time, the Gov will pay more than the landlord could get from rent. But don't be fooled, the NRCS is only out for what they think is best for them, not whats best for the land overall. Ill explain my reasoning. A landlord of ours has some decent land in CRP, its about 50 acres in a couple patches along a creek. Its in year 7 of a 10 year contract, he put it in before we started renting from him but we have custom harvested them before years ago. The CRP paid very well at that time and the creek crossing had washed out and was shoddily repaired so it was impossible to get most equipment across. The crossing has been fixed and the plan is when the contract is up, we will start farming it again. Fast forward to this year, because of the drought conditions CRP was opened up to haying and grazing, so we thought itd be good to hay it, both for the hay, the overall health of the CRP, because to us it looked like crap, lots of "weeds" and almost no native grass, which is usual for CRP here. Well as we drove around checking it out, seeing if it was worth it, we found that one of the patches was completely covered in brush, turned out they were young ash trees, about 3-4ft tall and some cedar trees about the same height. So we knew something had to be done soon before it got out of hand. So the LL called the NRCS to send out an expert, and the LL wasn't able to be there so he asked us to meet him, since wed be doing whatever was determined anyway. So we met the guy and started showing him around through all the fields and he was just giddy with excitement, "everything looks great, except for the brome grass". We were puzzled, so he explained that the brome isn't good for young quail, etc. That's when we found out that instead of being in a regular CRP program it was put in whats called CHP25 I believe it is. So instead of being all native grasses, its a diverse mix of things from some native grass to alfalfa to wildflowers and there is absolutely no haying or grazing allowed, EVER. So we got him to the ash covered field and he agreed that it was a problem, but he wasn't sure what to do about it because of the restrictions of the program. He did say that it might have to be an exceptional circumstances thing. But he also said they might decide that nothing can be done until the contract is up, but by that time we would have to get drastic, like plowing them under. (So ruin all the good OM and soil structure that's been built back up just because some idiot in Lincoln wants to stay withing the "rules" also written by idiots if you ask me) He did ask what we thought should be done, and our thought was to spray is with 2-4D and kill them standing and then next spring, go in and shred them off. He said that's what he'd do too, but it would kill all the other things and leave only grass. Our argument was that it was only a 10ac field and solved the problem once and for all, but still left a decent habitat. The NRCS guy agreed that was probably best but he had to approve it by the "big wigs" and they had the final say. So he called us back about a week later and said they decided to "allow" us to shred it this fall, with the stipulation that we HAD to spray the brome out, get this, with roundup, after a hard freeze on a warm day! (we have tons of those in Nebraska you know! And in the middle of harvest to boot!) Sounds like a recipe for disaster if you ask me, but that's what were gonna do and if it doesn't work its their ass I guess, not real excited about trying to spray in the cold but whatever. SOOO as far as I'm concerned, the NRCS doesn't give 2 shits about a field that has been taken over by trees, but gotta make sure we kill ALL that brome grass NOW! What a joke! So instead of having a decent habitat of grasses on a small percentage of the whole piece, now theres no habitat on it and its full of tire shredding stumps that hopefully wont grow back but I'm guessing they will. Dad and I both said we should've just went in and sprayed it, and no one would've been the wiser, obviously they haven't been spot checking it, and in our opinion it all needs a good shredding, or a good grazing, and then itd really take off. Moral of the story is make sure you know what youre getting into when it comes to working with the government!