The Fall Covers for Spring Savings program from the Illinois Department of Agriculture returns for another year.
Director of Agriculture Jerry Costello says the program has been crucial to the state’s nutrient loss reduction efforts. “About 5 years ago it took us about 12 days to fill 50,000 acres,” he says. “Last year we had 160,000 acres, it took bout 5 to 6 hours to fill.”
The program was designed to promote additional acres of cover crops that aren’t already covered by state or federal incentives.