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Within a brief period of time, no-tillers and other farmers within four counties in designated watersheds on Maryland’s Western Shore applied for more than $350,000 of cost-sharing for seeding cover crops this fall.
Funded by a special grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to Maryland’s Department of Agriculture, the cover crop incentive was available for farmers who grew corn, soybeans or vegetables this year. The goal is to use winter cover crops to take up residual nitrogen in the soil, prevent soil erosion and protect water quality in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.
No-tillers who seed rye, wheat, triticale or oats this fall are eligible for cost-share funding of up to $25 per acre. They can receive $20 an acre for no-tilling barley.