By Brandon Sears
The Madison County Conservation District (CD) announces a local cost-share signup for a fall soil health cover crop and a gateway heavy use area protection to assist Madison County landowners. The CD has set aside cost share funds for the 2013 local cost share program. The signups will be Aug. 5, through Aug. 9, at the conservation district office at 1024 Ival James Blvd, Suite A1, Richmond. There are a limited amount of funds set aside for this program and approval will be on a first come-first served basis, subject to the conservation district board of supervisors review until designated funds have been allocated.
The purpose of the soil health cover crop is to use a combination of diverse cover crops improving soil health, which is the capacity of the soil to function. The conservation district will provide cost share to establish these diverse crops. This soil quality practice may be applied in rotation of annual crops for cropland, pastureland or summer annual cover crops. The CD will provide 75 percent cost share to Madison County land users to a maximum of $300 per FSA farm number. Participants agree to seed a diverse cover crop per Madison County Conservation District soil quality/cover crop program worksheet. This diverse cover crop includes cereal rye at 35 pounds per acre, crimson clover at 10 pounds per acre, Austrian winter pea at 28 pounds per acre, daikon radish at 1.5 pounds per acre. Receipts for purchase of seed and equipment rental (no-till drill) are required upon completion of practice in order to obtain cost-share.
The purpose of the gateway heavy use area protection program is to help farmers with the necessary means to repair gateways to reduce degradation, soil erosion, and pollution. Eligible items for cost share include a minimum of 50 foot of filter fabric and up to 30 tons of rock. Participants agree to prepare the site, lay filter fabric, and properly distribute the rock. A receipt for the filter fabric and rock along with a photo of the completed conservation practice is required to obtain cost share.
Signups for the local cost share program will be at the Madison County Conservation District Office 1024 Ival James Blvd. Suite A-1, Richmond, KY 40475. Signups will begin Aug. 5, and continue through Aug. 9, on a first come-first serve basis. For further information contact the CD at 624-1981, ext. 3.
(Source: Jimmy Marcum, Conservation Education Liasion, Madison County Conservation District)
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