Cover Crop Program Available
SIGN-UP BY SEPTEMBER 1ST FOR LCNRD COVER CROP PROGRAM
The Lewis and Clark Natural Resources District (LCNRD), is offering a cost-share program for producers in Knox, Cedar, and Dixon Counties. The Cover Crop Program offers an incentive payment of up to $1,000 per year, for up to 3 years, to encourage the use of cover crops on fields up to 80 acres in size. The purpose of the program is to provide producers the opportunity to work with cover crops to protect soil resources over the winter months and provide additional organic matter for spring crops.
The program enables producers to take the next step to improve soil health. Cover crops can provide the added benefit of capturing, recycling, and redistributing nutrients, such as nitrogen, in their fields having a positive impact on ground and surface water resources.
Cooperators can consult with agronomists for seed mix alternatives and make application through the local NRCS offices in Bloomfield, Hartington, or Ponca. Applications are limited to first time participants to enroll up to 80 acres for a maximum of 3 consecutive years on the same field. Eligible land must be no-tilled cropland, cornstalk harvested acres are not eligible.
Applications for cost share must be approved by the LCNRD board of directors. Reimbursement is based on 50% of the seed and seeding costs not to exceed $12.50 per acre or $1000 per year. Payment will be made after termination of the cover crop and certification of compliance with NRCS-LCNRD guidelines and copies of receipts.
For questions, call your local NRCS office or contact LCNRD at 402-254-6758, before September 1, for cover crops to be planted in 2020.