Fact Sheet Cover Crops - Funding Opportunities to Try Them
Funding Opportunities to Try Them
Environmental Quality Incentives Program
- NRCS program
- First time producers and / or land where cover crops haven’t been
- Up to 3 annual payments---allows for cover crops to be tried for up to 3
years, but could be for 1 or 2 years if
- Payments based on seed mixture used
- Must meet NRCS Cover Crop standard seeding requirements
- Applications compete – highest environmental benefits get approved
2012—Payment Rates (flat rates)
Legumes--$38.76 per acre
Winter Kill Species--$29.98 per acre
Grasses / Cereal Grains--$35.46 per acre
Species Mix-- $42.46 per acre
Legumes: the use of legumes as cover crops
to improve soil quality, decrease erosion, and provide nitrogen for
subsequent crops. Legume species may be perennial or annual.
Winter Kill Species: The use of species
that will be planted early enough to ensure adequate growth prior to a killing
frost. The species will be planted to provide erosion control, capture excess
nutrients, and improve soil condition.
Species such as forage radishes and oats will meet the intent of this scenario.
Grasses / Cereal Grains: The use of
species that will be planted early enough to ensure adequate growth prior to
a killing frost. The species will be planted to provide erosion control, capture
excess nutrients, and improve soil
condition. Species such as winter cereals and annual ryegrass will meet the
intent of the scenario.
Species Mix: The use of species to achieve
multiple benefits. The mixtures my include annual, perennials, or mixtures
of each. Additionally the mixtures may include winter killed species grown in
combination with non-winter killed
Conservation Stewardship Program (NRCS)
- 5 year contract with annual payments
- Conservation benefits of farmer’s current system + benefits of
- Maximum payment--$40,000 per year per person
- Enhancements for cover crops
- Continuous Cover Crops
- Use of Cover Crop Mixtures
- Use of Deep-Rooted Cover Crops to Break Up Soil Compaction
- Plant a Cover Crop to Scavenge Residual Nitrogen
Farmers choose # of acres to plant cover crops on during the 5 years of the
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