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IDALS extends cover crop planting deadline

By Staff | Nov 1, 2015

DES MOINES (IDALS) – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey announced Oct. 15 that planting deadline for cover crops for farmers participating in state cost share programs and most federal financial as

“Some crops were delayed by wet weather this spring and this extension will help farmers still be able to use this important water quality practice even if their harvest is delayed,” Northey said.

Farmers in cost-share programs intending to plant winter-hardy cover crops who are North of U.S. Highway 20 have until Nov. 1, to get the cover crops planted.

The following applies to cover crops planted during the extension period, Oct. 16 to Nov. 1, north of U.S. Highway 20 and Oct. 16 to Nov. 15 south of U.S. Highway 20.

1). Cover crops will be seeded as soon as possible after harvest of the principal crop.

2). The cover crop to be seeded must be winter hardy which includes : cereal rye, winter wheat and triticale.

3). The cover crop will be no-till drilled in crop residue.

4). Allow cover crop to add growth as long as possible in the spring prior to termination to maximize benefits.

Must be allowed to grow until at least 6 inches for those participating in federal programs.

5). The extension does not apply for all federal programs. Contact your NRCS office if you have questions.

Farmers approved for cost-share assistance who are still unable to plant cover crops should contact their local Soil and Water Conservation District office.

For additional information on the extension of the seeding date for State funded programs such as Iowa Financial Incentive Program or Water Quality Incentive Program contact the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship at (515) 281-5851.

For questions on the extension of the seeding date for Federal funded programs such as Environmental Quality Incentive Program or Conservation Stewardship Program contact Barbara Stewart, State Agronomist, NRCS at (515) 323-2260.

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