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Air Seeder


The Sussex Conservation District purchased an air seeder to help farmers in the early establishment of cover crops. The technology of the Miller Nitro with a 90 ft. boom equipped with a specialized seed box allows the farmer to plant cover crops while their cash crop is still in the field. The air seeder drops seed below the canopy allowing for better seed to soil contact and more even seed distribution. Early planted cover crops will benefit from the longer growing degree days during the summer, therefore getting a better established crop to improve water quality and soil health.

SCD offers a Cover Crop Air Seeder Program for farmers in Sussex County. Through this program, the District offers custom application of cover crop seed with the Air Seeder as well as a seed program. For more information, please view the fact sheet below. 

FY 22 Air Seeder Program Fact Sheet (updated 8/26/2021)


Cover Crop Cost-Share

SCD offers financial assistance to landowners to plant cover crops early into standing cash crops.

  • New air seeder customers will be eligible for the $60/acre cost share rate.
  • Returning air seeder customers will be eligible for the $50/acre cost share rate.
Custom Application 
  • $15/acre in Sussex County.
  • 3 standard cover crop mixes to choose from.

For more information regarding the Air Seeder Program, please call 302-856-3990 ext.3


C.P. King uses the air seeder

Whole Farm Planning

Cover crops hard at work

Air Seeding Cover Crops Ahead Of Corn Harvest

Video Credit: Claudio Rubione