What a year for the weather. We have seen the good, the bad and the ugly! The one industry that has been impacted the most, the farmers. With as much precipitation that we have had this year, many fields that are normally planted, are flooded or have been flooded. This makes it hard for new crops to grow. Many of my friends that are farmers are really struggling this year and have no idea what to do.
KTTC says that the Environmental Quality Incentive Program is a way for farmers to still plant their field, so they don’t have to go a season without planting. The farmers do this through cover crops. Planting cover crops can help farmers in many long term ways. The article says that by planting cover crops farmers have seen less weeds, their crops store nutrients better and they have better drainage. My family in Nebraska have done this before and have seen great results.
Why is this important? Well, The Natural Resources Conservation Service is paying farmers in Minnesota around $34 an acre with the money they have available to plant cover crops. According to Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education, some examples of cover crops are wheat, rye, barley oats, and some grasses. The deadline is right around the corner for this program, so if you are interested, it’s best if you get on it sooner than later.

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