The Wayne Conservation District has approved an incentive program to promote the planting of annual cover crops on fields that would normally be bare after harvesting a crop.
Cover crops are excellent soil protectors and nutrient scavengers.
Fields producing an annual crop (one that leaves the soil open) would qualify for cover crop seed, i.e. corn for silage or a commercial vegetable garden. The funding is available to active farmers only.
Producers will be reimbursed for up to five acres, a maximum of 10 bushels at a maximum of $20 per bushel. There are no restrictions for the use of the crop the following year. The seed must be planted with a no-till seeder. The farmer may use their no-till seeder or the district has a seeder to rent.
The total allocation approved is $3,000 to promote the Best Management Practice of Cover Crops. The deadline for planting the cover crop is Oct.15 and is first come, first served.
Seed purchased before Sept. 5, 2013 will not be reimbursed.
You must be pre-register. Call to schedule an on-site registration or apply in person at the District at 648 Park Street Complex, Honesdale.
Contact the district at 570-253-0930.