Huron Farmers Getting Incentive To Grow Cover Crops

Huron County is encouraging farmers to plant cover crops.

Maitland Valley Conservation Authority Soil and Water Specialist Chris Van Estbroeck says the county is offering farmers ten dollars an acre for planting a cover crop and leaving it over the winter so they have fifty per cent or more residue cover the following spring.

Van Estbroeck points out the cover crop reduces the amount of nutrients leaving a field through run-off and also improves soil health.

He says one of the goals of the program is to encourage innovation.

To do that, the grant is available every year provided the farmer experiments a little – either by changing the method of planting the cover crop or changing the mixture.

The program is delivered through the Ausable Bayfield and Maitland Valley Conservation Authorities.

Van Estbroeck adds it’s very important for farmers to analyze their specific needs and then plant a cover crop that will give them the results they’re looking for.

He suggests it may take a year or two to get the right mix.

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Chris Van Estbroeck says the county is encouraging more farmers to consider cover crops.

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Van Estbroeck says growers need to leave the cover crops in over the winter so they have fifty per cent ore more residue cover the following spring.