Contact: Michelle Jacobs, Community Relations Officer, 302-739-9921, or Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902.
Applications for cost-share assistance on 2012 cover crops to be accepted by New Castle Conservation District beginning Aug. 13
NEWARK (July 31, 2012) – The New Castle Conservation District will accept applications for cost-sharing assistance on cover crops beginning Monday, Aug. 13. Applications are accepted on a first-come first-served basis until all funds are obligated.
Producers and landowners actively engaged in farming are eligible to apply. Fields must be in New Castle County, and eligible land must be planted following an annual vegetable crop or row crop. Perennial crops, hay or pasture fields are not eligible.
Drilled or lightly incorporated rye, wheat, triticale, barley, oats, forage radishes, and crimson clover or hairy vetch with rye are approved for cover crop assistance. Aerial seeding is approved for rye, wheat, triticale, forage radish, and crimson clover or hairy vetch with rye. Homegrown seed must be tested and cost-sharing assistance is provided.
The cost-share rate for unharvested cover crop is $50 per acre while the rate for cover crop harvested for grain is $30 per acre. The planting deadline is Wednesday, Oct. 31.
A minimum of five acres is required per farm while a maximum of 250 acres per business entity is allowed. To be eligible for a payment, the New Castle Conservation District must approve the practice before planting begins.
The environmental benefits of winter cover crops include improving water quality by absorbing unused crop nutrients, improving soil health and reducing soil erosion.
New Castle County landowners may apply in person at the New Castle Conservation District office, 2430 Old County Road, Newark, beginning at 8 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 13.
For more information, please call the Conservation District at 302-832-3100, ext. 3.
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