COVER CROP COST-SHARE
Cover crops are a crop established in agricultural fields during the "off season" after the cash crop (typically corn or soybeans) has been harvested.
Cover crops are a versatile tool used to:
sequester nutrients for the following cash crop
increase infiltration and mitigate flooding
improve water quality & soil health over time
K3SWCD COST-SHARE GUIDELINES
50% cost-share up to $20/acre
$1,600 max per landowner/operator
Includes seed and seeding costs
For fields never before planted with cover crops.
Must use Midwest Cover Crop Council guidelines for planting window and seeding rates.
COVER CROP RECOMMENDATIONS
Recommendations for planting window and seeding rates from Midwest Cover Crop Council:
CEREAL RYE before soybeans
Plant Date: late August to early November
DRILLED 50-90 lb/acre PLS @ 3/4-1.5"
BROADCAST 58-104 lb/acre PLS
AERIAL 60-108 lb/acre PLS
Benefits: weed suppression, scavenges N, frees P & K, prevents erosion, increases organic matter
OATS & RADISH before corn
Plant Date: mid-July to mid-September
DRILLED 18-36 lb/ac oats, 1.5-3.5 lb/ac oilseed radish @ 1/2-3/4"
BROADCAST 21-41 lb/ac oats, 2-4 lb/ac OSR
AERIAL 22-43 lb/ac oats, 2-4 lb/ac OSR
Benefits: interseed, scavenges N, builds soil, prevents erosion, suppresses weeds, grazing
Why Strip-Till? Repeated, intensive tillage degrades soil structure and creates compacted layers than can restrict plant roots. (Cornell University)
Reasons to implement strip-till in your farming operation:
Seed bed preparation
Warms the soil
Relieves soil compaction
$20 per acre up to $800 per landowner/operator
Must be a CORN or SORGHUM field
Must be FIRST time no-till or strip-till field
Unsealed, abandoned wells create direct pathways for contaminants to enter our groundwater. Contaminated surface water, agricultural runoff and effluent from private sewage disposal systems can enter the groundwater through abandoned wells and cause pollution of our drinking water (Kankakee County Health Department).
Receiving cost-share to seal your abandoned well is easy! Call our office at (815) 937-8940 ext. 3 to fill out an application form. After sealing your well, fill out the Health Department form (found here), and turn in your signed receipts.