April 16, 2014

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Pendleton Co. Conservation District Cover Crop-Share Print E-mail

The Pendleton Country Conservation District is sponsoring the local cost share program for Pendleton County Landowners, to help with the cost of cover crop wheat and/or rye cover crop seed.

It’s time to think about cover crops! In recent years there has been a decline in the use of cover crops, since crops such as tobacco, silage corn, or even vegetable gardens are harvested late in the season.  However, without the winter cover, the soil is left to the mercy of wind, snow, water and ice.  Remember also to be in compliance with your FSA (Food Security Act) Conservation Plan, you must sow your cover crop by the end of November.  USDA recommends a rate of 90 pounds per acre.  Cover crop is a vital component to your farming operations.

Cover crops benefit both the foil and the subsequent nitrogen, recycle nutrients, provide grazing, reduce compaction, suppress weeds and pests, utilize excess soil moisture and improve water infiltration.

This is the seventh (7) year that the Conservation  District has set aside money to fund this program. After you have finished sowing all your cover crop, bring your receipt to the district office and fill out a short application.  The district will pay 50% of the total cost of the cover crop wheat/rye seed that you used, up to maximum of $100 per landowner.

The receipt from the seed dealer must be made out to you with the amount of and kind of seed you purchased along with the total price.

The Conservation Board meets on the third Tuesday evening of each month and will approve the applications received.  A check will be mailed to you.  One application per landowner will be accepted and only one check will be issued.

The program is now underway and will end on December 31, 2013 or when the allotted funds have been depleted.  Again this is for Pendleton County Landowners only!

Bring your receipt to our office at 814 US 27 South, Falmouth, Monday thru Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For information call 859-654-3376 ext. 3.

All programs by Pendleton County Conservation District is provided on a non-discriminatory basis.