Posted on November 23, 2020 at 10:57 AM by Iowa Corn
Happy Thanksgiving! We at Iowa Corn hope you had a successful harvest season and are able to safely celebrate the holiday.
With a timely harvest, cover crops have been planted at another record pace! The Iowa Department of Agriculture is in its fourth year of offering a $5 per acre discount on spring 2021 cash crop insurance premiums for those who plant cover crops this fall. Get your cover crops in the ground and apply by January 15. Click here for more information.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture also offers cost share for cover crops and other conservation practices. December 18 is the next deadline for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). Call ahead to your local soil and water conservation office to apply. Click here for more information. The next deadline should be sometime in March.
Finally, the next Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) sign up period opens January 4 and ends February 12. This is a great opportunity to retire some less productive land for ten years and get a rental payment in exchange for the conservation benefits. Farm the best and conserve the rest! Click here for more information.
Stay safe and remember, farmers truly are stronger together. Support your fellow neighbors by filling your fridge with corn-fed meat, dairy, and eggs this holiday!
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Roger Zylstra of Jasper County talks about making changes to the farm to include conservation practices as far back as the 60’s. No till and cover crops help him manage soil erosion especially on highly erodible land.