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Cover Crop Seeding Date Extended

Posted: Tuesday, November 13th, 2018 at 6:22 am
Author: Sally Y. Hart - KCII News

Iowa’s farmers now have until December 1st to plant their winter hardy cereal rye cover crop and still qualify for assistance. Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig and State Conservationist Kurt Simon with the USDA have announced the extension for farmers participating in state cost-share and most federal financial assistance. Due to the late harvest, the cover crop seeding date has been pushed back statewide for only cereal rye. The cover crop should be seeded as soon as the harvest of the principal crop is complete and should be allowed to grow until at least eight inches before spring termination. Farmers approved for cost-share assistance who are still unable to plant cover crops should contact their local Natural Resources Conservation Service Office.