Cost-Share Program Enrollment – Due December 15
The following cost-share programs are available to SRPF members:
1. Cover Crops – 75% of total costs, max. payment of $40/acre, $1500/farm
2. Reduced Tillage – $20 per acre up to 50 acres, increases in 2nd and 3rd year
3. Soil Testing – Up to $18 per acre, max. payment of $1000 per farm
4. Manure Testing – Up to $200 per farm
5. Tissue Testing – Up to $200 per farm
6. Climate Nitrogen Advisor – Up to $150 per farm
Please indicate which program(s) you would like to enroll in and the number of acres/samples you anticipate enrolling. A SRPF representative will follow up with you to gather planting/testing information for the groups records.
All data collected will remain confidential.
Final cost-share payments are dependent on available funds and will be distributed at the annual meeting next year.
If you are not yet a SRPF member, please fill out the membership application and pay the membership fee of $50. Payment details are outlined on the membership form.
To enroll in a cost-share program, complete the Cost-Share Enrollment Form below and return by the indicated date above. If you are enrolling in the cover-crop and/or tillage programs, please also complete those forms below and return by the indicated date above.
Sheboygan River Progressive Farmer Cost-Share Programs
Goal – To research and promote on farm conservation practices that are beneficial for soil and water quality and overall farm sustainability. Also, to reduce economic risk associated with trying a new conservation practice.
This project is targeted for producers who are open minded about trying no till, vertical till and strip till rotations for multiple years to determine if our soil health can be improved without reducing our yields. Interested producers should identify an area, up to 50 acres, and plan a three-year rotation using reduced tillage or no till. The area chosen will be the same area used for up to three years on this project. The producers would be eligible for $20 per acre for the first year, $25 per acre on the second year and $30 per acre on the third year. Producers are encourage to keep yield records, field notes, and share the results with the Sheboygan River Progressive Farmers. Producers are also encouraged to complete a soil health test at the beginning of each crop year. Producers who participate and share their soil health results will receive a reimbursement for the cost of the soil health tests, up to $5 per acre. A limited amount of funding is available for this program, so priority will be given to no till applications over vertical or strip till. This program is contingent on the group having funding. The producer may quit at any time.
Producers interested in planting cover crops may be reimbursed for 75% of the cost of cover crop seed, planting and spring herbicide application (if applicable). Participants may receive up to $40 per acre to plant cover crops with a maximum of $1000 per farm total. Producers may select the cover crop seed and seeding method of their choice. Cover crops should be planted ideally by Oct.15 and maintained until the following spring. A Harvesting the cover crop as forage is admissible. Receipts and documentation of soil tests are required to receive reimbursement. This program is contingent on the group having funding.
A suite of soil testing options are available through local ag retailers. The Sheboygan River Progressive Farmers recognize the value of obtaining on farm soil data in making informed management decisions. To allow producers the flexibility to acquire either simple or more in depth soil sampling data, the Sheboygan River Progressive Farmers will reimburse up to $18 per soil test with a cap of $1000 per farm. Receipts and documentation of soil tests are required to receive reimbursement. This program is contingent on the group having funding.
Tissue sampling can be a good way to assess crop nutrient needs and deficiencies during the growing season in order to make in season nutrient application adjustments. The Sheboygan River Progressive Farmers will reimburse plant tissue sampling up to $200 per farm. Receipts and documentation of soil tests are required to receive reimbursement. This program is contingent on the group having funding.
Manure is a valuable component of a livestock operations crop fertility regime. Therefore, understanding the nutrient composition of the manure on your farm is essential to accurate and responsible nutrient management planning. Not all manure is created equal after all. The Sheboygan River Progressive Farmers will reimburse manure sampling up to $200 per farm. Receipts and documentation of soil tests are required to receive reimbursement. This program is contingent on the group having funding.
For more information on the programs listed above, contact firstname.lastname@example.org OR speak with your local SRPF member.