MILLERSBURG, Ohio — The Holmes Soil and Water Conservation District is offering an incentive program that encourages planting cover crops.
Holmes SWCD has contracted with an aerial applicator and is coordinating fly-on oats, rye or ryegrass, at a cost of $7 per acre, plus 7 cents per pound of seed applied. Holmes SWCD will subsidize $7 per acre for up to 2,000 total acres of cover crop seeding on a first-come, first-served sign-up basis.
An individual grower is eligible for up to 200 acres of subsidized whole field seeding that are made to soybean fields or corn fields where corn silage is to be harvested.
Farmers are encouraged to contract as many acres of cover crop to be seeded as needs the protection, but the subsidy has the limits noted above.
This incentive does not apply to corn fields to be harvested for grain since these field sites will have adequate vegetative cover remaining after corn harvest to achieve the desired erosion prevention goals.
Meetings will explain
Two meetings are scheduled to explain the program and give the opportunity to sign up. To find out more, plan to attend one of the following meetings: Aug. 3: 7:30 p.m. at Fair Farms, 4724 Twp. Road 305, Millersburg; or Aug. 5: 7 p.m. at the Nelson Weaver farm, 3251 Twp. Road 414, Dundee (west of Trail).
For more information, contact the Holmes SWCD office at 330-674-SWCD (7923).
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