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Establish cover crops early with SCDs air seeder and cost share program

Georgetown, DE
June 4, 2020

Applications for Sussex Conservation District (SCD) air seeder and air seeder cost share program will be accepted beginning Monday, June 15, 2020 through Friday, July 31, 2020.

“One of the best soil health practices is keeping the ground covered year-round,” said David Baird, district coordinator at SCD. “Planting cover crops early means they can take advantage of the longer growing degree days. When the cash crop is harvested, the cover crop is already well established.”

SCD offers three air seeder approved cover crop mixes to suit a variety of needs. Participants can purchase seed mix through SCD with no additional fees. Seed purchased from other suppliers is subject to additional fees.

The current cost share rate for new air seeder participants is $60 per acre and $50 for returning participants. The application fee is $11 per acre within Sussex County and $12 per acre for locations within 10 miles of the Sussex County border. Farms outside of Sussex County, Del. are not eligible for cost share.

For more information or to apply, call 302-259-7445, email jonathan.walton@de.nacdnet.net or visit the agricultural conservation page. 

Photo: Edwin Remsburg, USDA, SARE