The CRC is now in its second year of research efforts that could lead to the development of a cost-share program for the planting of cover crops that benefit nesting waterfowl. We have reached out to some of you already, but would like to further expand our knowledge of cover crop acreage currently in place.
If you currently have cover-cropped fields and there is any chance that you might fallow all or part of these acres in 2017, you could be a valuable partner in this effort. We are working to build the case for why beneficial nesting practices should be strongly supported as part of our programs with the Natural Resources Conservation Service.
If you have cover crops in place now and might ultimately fallow some of these acres, please just send a quick note to Paul Buttner at firstname.lastname@example.org. This will ensure that we will be in touch with you next spring to see if you plan to actually fallow any acres. We may be able to offer a small incentive payment to leave the fields undisturbed through early-July and allow biologists to monitor duck nesting activity in your fields.