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Illinois Farmers for Soil Health program deadline nears

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Illinois farmers have one last month to enroll cover crops that were planted last fall into the Farmers for Soil Health program.

Illinois Soybean Association’s Production Committee Chair Brady Holst tells Brownfield the program incentivizes planting new cover crops over a three-year period.

“Cover crops are a good way to keep their fertilizers in your field, so it does help the environment and it also helps farmers’ bottom lines.

Acres are eligible for contract payments of $50 per acre which Holst says will be paid as $25 the first year, $15 the second year, and $10 the third year.

Illinois Farmers for Soil Health program deadline nears