The benefits of cover crops are many, including erosion control and improved soil health. Once again, The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District, through an agreement with the Ohio Department of Agriculture, is offering a $12/acre cost-share incentive throughout the Muskingum River watershed, which includes Holmes County. The cost-share is available to participants on a competitive basis, with funding prioritized to those fields with greater chance of soil loss. A maximum of 200 acres per producer may be cost-shared.
In order to sign up, a producer just needs to schedule with Joe Christner or Karen Gotter in the Holmes SWCD office and mark field maps where cover crops should be applied. Applicants who participate in the Holmes SWCD coordinated aerial seeding application (via aircraft) or broadcast into a standing crop will rank higher than those who elect to drill, but either option is available for sign up.
The deadline to sign up for the Holmes SWCD cover crop program is June 23rd. For more information, contact the Holmes SWCD office at 330-674-SWCD.