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One-stop cover crop service available

By Staff | Sep 20, 2016

AMES – Prairie Rivers of Iowa, in partnership with the Boone County and Story County Soil and Water Conservation Districts, is offering cover crop service for farmers in Boone and Story counties.

This offering takes the hassle out of fall cover crop application by providing “one stop” for farmers to purchase seed and an application service for their farm fields. In addition, those who sign up will have the opportunity to qualify for cost-share for the cover crop application.

This program will provide both pre-harvest and post-harvest application options with cereal rye. Farmers will have the option of an airplane, highboy applicator, or drill for application.

This is with the goal to provide a service that fits the farmer and the goals they would like to achieve within their farm operations.

“As a farmer, I know that adding something new to the farm operation can be challenging,” said Jeremy Gustafson, chairman for the Boone County SWCD. “It is our goal to make the incorporation of cover crops as easy as possible with this service to the area.”

The cost for this service is $30 per acre for cereal rye with either highboy, aerial, and drill application. Other mixes can be made and applied upon request.

Farmers in Boone and Story County will have the opportunity to offset the costs for this service from a wide range of cost-share opportunities.

These funds are made available through the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship Division of Soil Conservation and Water Quality as well as through federal financial programming.

Farmers and landowners may contact Hanna Bates at (515) 232-0048 or hbates@prrcd.org as well as the Boone and Story Natural Resource and Conservation Service centers located in Boone and Story County to learn more about the service, cost-share opportunities, and to sign up for the service.

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