Applications are now being accepted for cost share support for cover crops

Submitted by Kerry Wedel

The Delaware River Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy (WRAPS) provides financial assistance for installation of best management practices on agricultural lands located in designated priority areas of the Delaware River Watershed.

The Delaware WRAPS is currently seeking applications for cost share assistance to establish cover crops on cropland located within these areas.

A cover crop is a non-cash crop planted to provide seasonal cover for conservation purposes such as improved soil health, erosion control, enhanced infiltration, nutrient management and weed suppression.

Cover crops also can provide supplemental forage for livestock and enhanced wildlife habitat. Cost share funding is available to agricultural producers who have not yet adopted cover crops as part of their regular cropping program to reduce the financial risk of trying cover crops.

The cost share rate for cover crop establishment is 70 percent for seed and planting expenses up to a maximum of $30 per acre and $3,000 per producer per year, depending on the tillage system being utilized.

Application Information

• Application deadline is Oct. 1, 2018.

• Practices must be implemented on cropland located within a designated WRAPS priority area for cropland, livestock or gully erosion best management practices.

• Applications will be reviewed and funding decisions made by a Stakeholder Leadership Team, comprised of area producers and natural resource professionals.

Interested producers should act quickly to take advantage of this opportunity.

Contact Kerry Wedel, Delaware River WRAPS Coordinator at 785-284-3422 or kwedel@delawarewraps.com; or visit the Delaware River WRAPS website at www.delawarewraps.com to get more information on cost share program guidelines, designated WRAPS priority areas and to obtain an application form.

Information also is available at conservation district offices in Atchison, Brown, Jackson, Jefferson and Nemaha counties.

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