DES MOINES - Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey announced on Aug. 30 the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship has filed an emergency rule change that includes cost sharing for cover crops as an eligible practice under the Iowa Financial Incentives Program. Cost sharing assistance is limited to $25 per acre for the establishment of the cover crop.
Farmers interested in taking advantage of this assistance should contact their local Soil and Water Conservation District office for more information.
Research has shown that cover crops can be an effective management tool to control erosion from wind and water and reduce the potential for nitrate to leach into our surface waters and ground waters.
Nitrate transport to streams can be particularly high after a drought period, when stressed crops may not have used all available fertilizer, or in times of excessive moisture.
It remains up to each individual Soil and Water Conservation District as to whether they will offer cost share assistance for cover crops.
And, in order to qualify for cost share, the practice must meet Natural Resources and Conservation Service specifications.