Cover crops prevent soil erosion caused by wind and rain and reduce runoff and take up excess nitrogen that otherwise would leach into groundwater. As biomass from crop residues accumulates, it improves soil structure and tilth, while also improving moisture retention and drought resistance. Farmers can experience reduced fertilizer costs and increased cash crop yields, especially when cover crops are combined with no-till practices.
Eligible Small Grain Species
- Rye, Wheat, Barley, Triticale
- Crimson Clover, Austrian Winter Pea, Hairy Vetch, etc.
Cost Share Rates
- $20 per acre for harvestable small grain cover crops
- $20-$60 per acre for non-harvestable cover crops
Contact the District Office to learn more!