Cost Share available for cover crops, strip-till and no-till practices

Staff Writer
Nevada Journal

Prairie Rivers of Iowa, in partnership with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, is offering cost share funds for farmers and landowners located in the Squaw Creek Watershed. Cost share is available to install in-field practices this fall. Practices include: cover crops, strip-till and no-till practices.

Farmers and landowners are encouraged to contact Hanna Bates at 515-232-0048 or hbates@prrcd.org for more information about the program and to see if their land qualifies for this unique offer to the Squaw Creek Watershed.

The cost share for farmers planting cover crops is a flat rate of $25/acre. A flat rate cost share assistance means farmers and landowners are reimbursed at this rate, regardless of the amount spent on the practice per acre. In the cover crop program, farmers and landowners can determine which cover crop species, mixes and application methods work for them and their field to meet their goals. Farmers applying for no-till or strip-till can receive cost share at a flat rate of $10/acre. Overall, these practices support soil health due to increased water infiltration, reduced soil erosion and increased soil organic matter.

Applicants who qualify for this programming must (1) have farmland located within the Squaw Creek Watershed, (2) are a new user of the practice or (3) are scaling up their use of the practice to new farm acres located in the watershed. The simple sign-up process for these conservation practices can be completed directly through the Prairie Rivers of Iowa office located in Ames.

Prairie Rivers of Iowa and the Squaw Creek Watershed Management Authority are the recipients of a Water Quality Initiative demonstration watershed projects from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. Additional partners on the project include: the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, the Squaw Creek Watershed Coalition, Story County Board of Supervisors, Boone County Board of Supervisors, Story County Soil and Water Conservation District, Boone County Soil and Water Conservation District, Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District, City of Ames, Story County Conservation Board, Iowa Corn Growers Association, Iowa Soybean Association, Heartland Cooperative, Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance, Technical Service Provider Network, Emmons & Olivier Resources, DuPont Pioneer, Iowa State University Water and Climate Change Program, Key Cooperative, United Suppliers, Agriculture’s Clean Water Alliance. To learn more visit Prairie Rivers of Iowa’s website at www.prrcd.org/squawcreek.