The MAEAP Cropping System focuses on field-related environmental issues, such as irrigation and water use, soil conservation, and nutrient and pest management. The Cropping System is applicable to all crops grown in Michigan, including field crops and vegetables, fruit orchards, greenhouses crops and ornamental trees.
Each Crop*A*Syst tool includes a series of risk questions to assess effective crop management practices and ground- and surface water protection resources. Crop*A*Syst helps develop and implement a plan to prevent water resource contamination while maintaining economic crop production. Plans conform to applicable Michigan Right-to-Farm guidelines and comply with applicable state and federal environmental regulations.
- Crop*A*Syst for Field Crop and Vegetable Producers
- Crop*A*Syst for Fruit Producers (Fruit*A*Syst)
- Crop*A*Syst for Nursery Crop and Christmas Tree Producers
- Greenhouse*A*Syst for Michigan Producers
Crop*A*Syst is coordinated with resources provided by the Michigan Water Stewardship Program (MWSP). Your local Conservation District can help you complete the risk assessment and provide information about other educational, technical and financial assistance.
Once a farm is “verified,” a farmer can purchase a MAEAP farm and/or office sign and the farm is eligible for MAEAP sign rebates, cost-share incentives, tax credits, low-cost lending and reduced liability insurance premiums from participating companies.
In order to maintain MAEAP verification a farmer must attend a MAEAP educational session and request a site visit from MDARD at least every three years.
Some helpful resources for this system:
- Cropping Verification Checklist - Field-Vegetable
- Cropping Verification Checklist - Nursery and Christmas Trees
- Cropping Verification Checklist - Orchards and Small Fruit
- Cropping Verification Checklist - Greenhouse
- Be Phosphorus Smart
- Chemigation Safety
- Cropping Summary of Records
- Greenhouse Summary of Records
- Greenhouse Action Plan
- Emergency Planning for the Farm E-2575
- Greenhouse System Verification Checklist
- How to Take A Pre-sidedress Nitrate Test
- MSUE Irrigation Record Keeping Sheet
- On-Farm Bulk Fertilizer Storage Regulation 642
- Off Target Pesticide Drift MGMT Plan
- Pesticide Record Keeping Form
- Pesticide Use Form
- Phosphorus Conversions for Soil Tests
- Protect Your Water from Chemical Backflow
- Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure Plan
- Transporting Hazardous Ag Supplies
- FY13 MAEAP Water Stewardship Technician Directory
- FY13 MAEAP Water Stewardship Technician Map
- Water Supply Setbacks from Fertilizer or Pesticide Use
- Water Use in Nursery Production
- Strategies to Increase Nursery Crop Irrigation Efficiency
- Strategies to Manage Nursery Runoff