• Shelby Roberts

Sign up for Cover Crop Aerial Seeing by August 1

If you are looking for an easy way to incorporate cover crops into your operation this year, the Scott SWCD will once again be partnering with an aerial applicator to seed cover crops onto local farmer’s fields this August!

This will be the fourth year in a row that the service is being provided. Last year, 341 acres of cover crops were aerial seeded throughout the county. The cooperation between the Scott SWCD, Le Sueur SWCD, and participating farmers made the seeding last year quick and successful.

The benefits of aerial seeding. In most corn and soybean operations, crop fields are left bare from late fall, all throughout winter, and into early spring. Fields are therefore left will little protection against erosion. However, in aerial seeding, fields are given cover during the winter. That cover—consisting of species like winter cereal grains and radishes—holds soil in place where it otherwise would have been eroded away by the melting snow. The chosen seed mixes are also tolerant to Minnesota’s cold winters and will begin to grow again in early spring.

How to sign up for aerial seeding. If you are interested in aerial seeding cover crops on your fields this year, contact Scott SWCD Ag Program Specialist, Diann Korbel at 952-492-5414 or dkorbel@scottswcd.org.

Requests must be made before August 1st to ensure you are put on the seeding list. Aerial seeding typically occurs between late August and early September. The Scott SWCD will not only help you schedule your seeding, they will also help you design and implement your entire cover crop plan. Financial incentives may be available as well. Inquire with Diann for more details.

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