The Decrease Elkhorn Pure Sources District (LENRD) is partnering with the Pure Sources Conservation Service (NRCS) to encourage landowners to take part within the Cowl Crop Incentive Program for land that’s at the moment in a steady no-till cropping system.
“Cowl crops improve rainfall infiltration, drastically cut back soil erosion, and assist forestall the event of ephemeral gully erosion in cropland,” stated Dan Gillespie, NRCS no-till specialist. “Cowl crops could also be planted into corn, soybean or small grain fields. Extremely Erodible Land (HEL) fields the place corn has been minimize for silage are usually not eligible.”
Every participant is eligible to enroll as much as 80 acres with a $200 contract minimal. Members on this observe ought to apply at their native NRCS workplace every year, for as much as three consecutive years. Candidates could choose from three cowl crop seeding choices and three cowl crop seed combination choices.
“Members could change seed combine options and choices throughout the three-year interval, however will need to have approval from the LENRD previous to planting the duvet crop,” stated Curt Becker, LENRD tasks supervisor. “The producer is liable for acquiring their very own seed in keeping with NRCS specs and arranging for seeding both by pilot or floor utility. Producers additionally should kill the duvet crop per NRCS Cowl Crop Termination Pointers, with out inversion tillage.”
Anybody desirous about making use of for the Cowl Crop Program ought to contact their native NRCS workplace for extra particulars.