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We are working to promote and support the adoption of soil health practices so that it becomes commonplace for Scott County producers to use them in their farming operations.


Cover Crops

Cover crops are grasses, legumes, and forbs that are planted for seasonal vegetative cover with the purpose of reducing erosion, increasing organic matter and soil health, improving soil moisture, and much more.

Incentives are available for planting cover crops

  • $80/acre for anyone entering into a cost share contract.

  • Contracts can be single year or multi-year. 


Equipment Rental

The Scott SWCD has a cover crop inter-seeder and two no-till drills available for rent at $10/acre and a drop charge of $150. Aerial cover crop application is coordinated every August by the SWCD. Contact us by July to sign up. 

Contact the SWCD for more information. 
Find out about all our rental equipment program here.


Soil Health Incentives

SWCD technicians can assist farmers with many different soil health practices, and incentives are available for the implementation for many of them. 

  • High residue management (no till, strip till, vertical tillage): $50/acre

  • Variable rate application of fertilizer: $20/acre

  • Manure or soil health sampling: 75% cost share up to $1,000

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Soil Health Team

The Scott County Soil Health Team is made up of local producers who meet quarterly to exchange ideas and discuss successes and failures with different sustainable ag practices. They also work with the Scott SWCD and Scott WMO to shape the future of our Soil Health Program. 


If you are interested in joining the Soil Health Team or if you would like to attend a meeting, let us know!


Workshops and Field Days

The Scott SWCD offers multiple cover crop and soil health workshops and field days. These events provide producers with information and local examples to help them move forward with cover crops.

To view upcoming workshops, visit our Events page.

To schedule a free site visit or talk to our staff about soil health, call our office at 952-492-5425


Or fill out the form below. 

Site visits are scheduled Mon-Fri from 8:00AM-3:00PM

They usually last about one hour. 

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