Cover crop cost share applications accepted beginning June 13
Georgetown, Del., June 7, 2022 – Applications for Sussex Conservation District (SCD) cover crop cost share program will be accepted beginning Monday, June 13 through Friday, July 29. This program provides farmers with up to $75,000 in cost share assistance to offset costs associated with planting cover crops.
“Our producers report a significant reduction in input costs after implementing cover crops because they are an effective way to improve soil health,” said Debbie Absher, director of agricultural conservation at SCD. “They also recycle nutrients, build organic matter, and provide weed suppression and improve water quality. I encourage all farmers to learn more about our programs and services.”
SCD offers a variety of cover crops and mixes are encouraged. The current cost share rate for cover crops planted by Saturday, Oct. 1 is $60 per acre and $50 for those planted by Tuesday, Nov. 15. Fields must be located in Sussex County, Del. Early establishment is encouraged to take advantage of increased funding rates.