DISTRICT COST-SHARE PROGRAMS
COVER CROP COST-SHARE
Cover Crop Cost-Share Details
Cover Crop Resources & Guidance
Limited cost-share funds for FY 2019 have been spent. Please reach out to us if you would like to be made aware when FY 2020 funds are released!
The Kankakee County SWCD has received very limited funding for cover crop cost-share, and we will strive to serve as many producers in the county as we can. Because of this, the producer must be listed as operator on the Farm Data Report to be eligible for payment for any tract on which they apply.
Cover crops are plants seeded into agricultural fields, either within or outside of the regular growing season, with the primary purpose of improving or maintaining ecosystem quality. Cover crops are great for combating weeds, reducing compaction, increase organic matter, break disease cycles and so much more.
The Cover Crop Selection Tools are an initiative by the MCCC to consolidate cover crop information by state to help farmers make cover crop selections at the county level.
Fall Crop Recommendation:
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Only fields located in Kankakee County and never before planted with a cover crop are eligible for this cost-share program.
After the first round of applications are due on July 5th, the Kankakee County SWCD will immediately begin reviewing, ranking, and selecting fields for cost-share. Cost-share funds for FY2019 are LIMITED. Applicants can expect to hear back from us concerning approval by July 12th. If an application is selected, we will then provide an approval packet with additional information and move forward with the cost-share process. The operator will enter into a 1-year agreement with the Kankakee County Soil and Water Conservation District to establish, maintain, and terminate (if applicable) the cover crops. Receipts and seed tags must be sent to the District before cost-share payments can be awarded. Staff from the District may make field visits to check on and/or document the progress of the cover crop.
The Kankakee County SWCD has not set in place specific regulations on cover crop selection for this cost-share program, but highly suggests consulting with your seedsman to discuss species selection, seeding rate, planting method, etc. for a successful experience. However, soybeans will NOT be a supported cover crop. If wheat or rye are chosen we strongly advise planting after August 1. In addition to using Midwest Cover Crop Council resources, the Kankakee County SWCD is available to provide information and assistance. Please be sure to consult with your insurance agent and FSA before making planting decisions.
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 per year
1 Year Contract
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, filling out the water well sealing form (found here), and turning in your signed receipts.