By: Bob Meyer
USDA has funding available to help Wisconsin landowners plant cover crops. The cover crop may include rye, oats, millet, wheat, red clover, turnips, canola, radishes, or other species, either alone or in combination.
Cover crops reduce wind or water erosion and use up excess nutrients in the soil reducing risk of runoff, they sequester carbon, and improve soil structure.
Farmers with crop insurance will need to check with their crop insurance agent to make sure the cover crop is terminated so as not to impact their insurance payments or coverage.
Sign up at the NRCS office by July 11 to be considered for this funding. For more information, visithttp://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/site/wi/home/, or contact the NRCS office at the USDA Service Center serving your county.
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