Winter cover cropping has been added to the list of eligible practices for cost-share funding through the King Conservation District’s Landowner Incentive Program. KCD will reimburse farmers up to $135 per acre for the purchase seeds for crops planted in late summer and/or early fall and maintained through the winter to protect soil when it would otherwise be bare. Cover crop cost-share contracts are written for three years and participating farmers will be reimbursed after each planting season.
Eligible cover crops include winter grains, clovers, vetch, field peas, mustards, turnips, and fava beans. The seeds can be sown in tilled fields or beneath standing late-season cash crops such as corn, winter squash and brassicas. Cover crops are planted to minimize erosion, increase organic matter, enhance soil fertility, smother weeds, and control soil-borne diseases. Cover crops such as red clover (which flowers in early spring), can also provide early forage for honeybees and other pollinators.
All landowners and managers in the King Conservation District service area are eligible to apply for cost-share funding, but the practice must be pre-approved and included in a farm management or other technical assistance plan prepared by KCD resource conservation staff.
To inquire about the Cover Crop cost share program, contact Rachel Konrady, KCD Resource Specialist, by phone at 425-282-1907, or by email: email@example.com.
See the King Conservation District website to learn more about the new Cover Crop program and other practices eligible for cost-sharing through the Landowner Incentive Program: www.kingcd.org/programs-landowner-incentive.htm