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SWCD extends cover crop deadline to July 31

Fri, Jul 13th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

The Fillmore Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) has extended the deadline for signup for its cover crop program to Tuesday, July 31. Anyone who is interested should contact the SWCD office at (507)765-3878, ext. 3 or email Funds are limited, so signup is taken on a first come, first served basis. Payment rates are $20/acre for first year participants and $15/acre for second year participants. Seeding must be completed by October 1 and maintained until spring planting.

Cover crops provide many agronomic benefits that include reducing erosion control, improving soil health, increasing soil organic matter, improving water infiltration and water holding capacity, enhancing root growth and earthworm activity to counteract compaction, and carbon sequestration. Cover crops can reduce fertilizer costs by capturing nitrogen, then slowly releasing it as the cover crop decays. The cover crop also retains phosphorus that is attached to the soil. Proper timing of cover crops suppresses weeds and breaks disease cycles reducing the need for pesticides. Cover crops can also provide supplemental forage for grazing or harvesting.

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