INDIANAPOLIS — Funding is now available for Hoosier farmers to plant cover crops on their acreage that didn’t get planted this year because of the extremely wet spring and flooding.

The funding is through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Jerry Roach, the NRCS assistant state conservationist for programs, said the money is available through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program and is available to producers statewide.

Roach said the EQIP funds will allow landowners to plant cover crops in fields they weren’t able to plant due to the extreme wetness during the 2019 planting season.

Planting cover crops on fields that were flooded or too wet to plant crops in is a good alternative to letting a field go to fallow or uncovered for the entire year.

The conservationist said Indiana has $900,000 in EQIP funding and NRCS is accepting applications until Aug. 9.

Roach said individuals who are interested in applying for the special EQIP funding should contact their local conservationist.

For more information or to apply for the cover crop funding, visit www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/in/contact/local.

Ashley Langreck can be reached at 800-426-9438, ext. 192, or alangreck@agrinews-pubs.com. Follow her on Twitter at: @AgNews_Langreck.

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