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  • Cover Crop Cost Share Program
  • Conservation Plans
  • Best Management Practices (BMPs)

Keeping It Under Cover- 2019 Cover Crop Overview

Last year harvesting was being done between rain showers and mud was plentiful, which decreased the number of cover crop acres planted. Fast forward to 2019 and the fall presented beautiful weather to harvest, in fact almost too dry. What a difference a year makes!

Since 2013, the cover crop cost- share program promotes the use of cover crops to keep soil and nutrients on the land, thus enhancing water quality. Muskingum Watershed Conservancy  District and Licking Soil & Water Board of Supervisors cost-shared $12-$15 per acre on 2,900 acres.
Of the 23 program applicants, 19 planted cover crops using a no-till seed drill and four producers participated in aerial application. Many
of the program participants rented a Licking Soil & Water no-till seed drill to plant winter rye cover crop seed. Licking Soil & Water’s coordination of cover crop planting by aerial application resulted in 430 acres planted in one day.
Much appreciation goes out to the following for continued generosity and support in promoting conservation through the use of cost-share dollars, equipment, and facilities:
•    Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District
•    George H. Fackler III of Fackler Kubota Tractor
•    Clint Appleman and Tim Matheney of Southeastern Equipment Co. Inc.
•    Newark-Heath Airport 

Cover Crop Cost Share Program

Cover crops help improve soil and water quality by reducing soil erosion, increasing organic matter, and capturing and recycling nutrients in the soil profile.  Additionally, cover crops can reduce fertilizer inputs and increase soil health, thus increasing profitability per acre. 

Potential Benefits of Cover Crops

  • Provide nutrients
  • Suppress weeds
  • Increase yield
  • Improve soil health
  • Protect water quality
  • Reduce production costs

 

 

Conservation Plans

A conservation plan is a tool designed to help you better manage the natural resources on your farm. Our District technician and NRCS conservationist may be able to meet with you to evaluate the soil, water, air, plant and animal resources on your property and offer several alternative practices to address resource concerns. The practices you choose to use are recorded in your conservation plan which includes a schedule for installation. Implementing the conservation plan will help you protect the environment on and off your farm.

A conservation plan includes:
- an aerial photo or diagram of your fields;
- a list of your management decisions;
- the location of and schedule for applying new conservation practices;
- a soil map and soil descriptions;
- information sheets explaining how to carry out your specific management decisions;
- a plan for operation and maintenance of practices, if needed.

Benefits of a Conservation Plan
Following your conservation plan has many benefits:
- You will protect your soil and your farm’s productivity;
- You will help improve quality of the water in your area;
- You will improve your soil’s fertility and manage soil moisture;
- You may attract desirable wildlife by creating nesting sites and winter cover;
- You will protect the productive value of your land for future generations;
- You can more readily comply with environmental regulatory requirements;
- You may be eligible for USDA farm programs.

Best Management Practices (BMPs)
There is an array of Sediment / Erosion Best Management Practices, which focus on the protection of Ohio's soil and water resources.  Contact us for more information.


Urban Technical Assistance

Subdivision Reviews
- Subdivision Regulations
- Sediment Erosion Control
- Storm water management