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.
within the project areas may receive $10 per acre to leave wheat and/or
stubble 14 inches or taller undisturbed until April 1st of the following
Eligible producers may enroll up to 320 acres per year per crop type for
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.