Farmers in southern and western Nebraska are running out of time to enroll in the Crop Stubble Management program which could help put a few extra dollars in their pockets.
The program pays enrolled wheat and milo producers to leave the stubble in the fields to benefit local wildlife. The deadline to enroll in the program is June 1.
Producers within the project areas may receive $10 per acre to leave wheat and/or milo stubble 14 inches or taller undisturbed until April 1st of the following year. Eligible producers may enroll up to 320 acres per year per crop type for two years. Post-harvest chemical applications are allowed, but other disturbances — such as disking, grazing or haying — are not allowed before the April 1 deadline.
The Nebraska Environmental Trust has awarded $1.5 million to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission to finance the Crop Stubble Management, Wildlife and Water Conservation Program for three years. Tall stubble has proven beneficial to both wildlife and soil quality.
This program will be offered in the Upper Niobrara-White, North Platte, South Platte, Twin Platte, Upper Republican, Middle Republican, Tri-Basin and Lower Republican natural resource districts (NRD) in western and southern Nebraska.
Applications can be requested from the Nebraska Game and Parks, Natural Resources District, or Natural Resources Conservation Service offices.