The planting of close-growing crop that protects the soil temporarily during the period before the next crop is established.
There are many reasons to plant cover crops. Here are just a few below:
Soil Health Funding
The Schuyler County Soil and Water Conservation District was able to obtain $25,000 in funding through New York State Agriculture and Markets for a local soil health project. This project has allowed us to purchase a unique no-till seeder that will be utilized for seedings for many years to come. As part of the project the Soil and Water Conservation District will do 200 acres of no-till seedings and have a large educational program for Schuyler and Chemung County Farmers. The District has seeded over 120 acres in the fall of 2015.
Cover Crop Trial
The SWCD planted a cover crop trial on the Wickham farm. This trial was planted to test what the most time effecient way of establishing quality cover crops. The district wrote a successful grant to plant over a 100 acres of cover crops for the a 3 year period that started in the fall of 2012. This trial will establish how we plant these cover crops.