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A tractor moves through a cover crop field Courtesy of Tom Bechman
KEEP COVERS PLANTED: Maryland farmers have until April 15 to report fields eligible for the state’s extended season payment option, part of the statewide Cover Crop Program.

Maryland extends season cover crop deadline to April 15

The state provides $15 an acre for any farmer who agrees to terminate their cover crops after May 1.

The Maryland Department of Agriculture reminds farmers participating in the Cover Crop Program that they have until April 15 to report fields to be included in the extended season payment option.

The 2019-20 Cover Crop Program provides an additional $15-per-acre incentive payment to qualifying farmers who agree to terminate their cover crops after May 1.

Farmers who plan to delay kill down of their cover crop should notify their local soil conservation district of their intention by telephone or email only. In-person visits to field offices have been suspended due to the current state of emergency. 

Maryland’s Cover Crop Program is administered by the Maryland Agricultural Water Quality Cost-Share Program and funded by the Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund and the Chesapeake Bay 2010 Trust Fund. 

 A list of soil conservation district websites and contact information can be found on the department’s website. For more information, farmers should contact the department’s Maryland Agricultural Water Quality Cost-Share Program at 410-841-5864.

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