BERRYTON — No-till on the Plains is hosting three cover crop informational meetings on Sept. 22 and 23, 2020. The meetings will provide insight to attendees about the value of planting cover crops. Farmers, conservationists and the public are invited to the meetings to learn about where, when and why to plant cover crops.

Retired NRCS soil health specialist Doug Peterson will share his knowledge. The meetings are being held in partnership with Country Crock, and its parent company Upfield, as part of the brand’s new sustainability initiative, The Cover Crops Project.

"As we transform agriculture to improve and protect our soils, cover crops are a key part of a regenerative agriculture system," said Steve Swaffar, executive director of No-till on the Plains. "Upfield has committed to investing in the soil and farmers through this program."

The partnership between No-till on the Plains and Country Crock aims to launch a new cover crop cost-share program for eastern Kansas and western Missouri growers. Details of the new cost-share program will be covered during each of the meetings. The program is ideal for growers wanting to try cover crops or add acres that have not been previously planted to a cover crop.

Participants who live in the locations covered by this partnership will be offered $10 per acre on their qualified acres. A map of the eligible counties and the contract can be found on the No-till on the Plains website. These counties cover the easternmost counties in Kansas. The counties covered are the following and those to the east of them: Chautauqua, Elk, Greenwood, Lyon, Wabaunsee, Pottawatomie and Marshall.

"This (workshop) will give growers the opportunity to learn more about cover crops and reduce the financial risk of planting covers crops," Swaffar said.

Meetings will be Sept. 22 in Spring Hill, Kan., and Archie, Mo., and Sept. 23 in Independence, Kan. Each site is limited to 45 attendees. No-Till recommends preregistration. Go to the No-Till website for registration information.