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DISTRICT COST-SHARE

COVER CROP COST-SHARE

2020 Cost-Share Application

 

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:

  • reduce erosion 

  • sequester nutrients for the following cash crop

  • reduce compaction

  • 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:

RESOURCE: An Introduction to Integrating Cover Crops Into a Corn-Soybean Rotation

CEREAL RYE before soybeans

Plant Date: late August to early November

Seeding Rates

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

Seeding Rates

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

WHERE TO PURCHASE SEED

Cover Crop Business Directory by Illinois Stewardship Alliance

Seed, application, & other services.

SHOP LOCAL:

ProHarvest Seeds in Ashkum, IL

(866)807-7015

http://www.proharvestseeds.com/

 

STRIP-TILL

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

  • Controls erosion

  • Fertilizer efficiency​

 

K3SWCD COST-SHARE

  • $20 per acre up to $800 per landowner/operator

  • 1-Year Contract

  • Must be a CORN or SORGHUM field

  • Must be FIRST time no-till or strip-till field

 

WELL SEALING

Well Sealing

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.

 

(815) 937.8940 x3

685 Larry Power Road
Bourbonnais, IL 60914

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