Planting Cover Crop and Aerial Seeding Notice

Cover crop seeding will begin in the area around the beginning of September and continue to November as summer crops, corn and soybeans, are harvested.

Cover crops are important to the health of the Chesapeake Bay and the productivity of Maryland’s farmland.  Small grains, such as wheat, rye or barley, planted as cover crops in the fall, utilize soil nutrients, control soil erosion, and protect water quality in the Bay and its tributaries. While wheat and barley are the main crops planted canola, rapeseed, kale, ryegrass, oats, triticale and forage radish can also be planted.

Talbot County has 54,160 acres enrolled which is the highest amount of acreage in the state for the 2010 Cover Crop program.  Due to the high amount of acreage and the need for timely planting some cover crop in the area may be aerially seeded (seeds spread by a plane).  About 4,000 to 5,000 acres are aerially seeded in Talbot County.  If you have the opportunity to see a plane spreading cover crop you will surely enjoy the acrobatics the pilot does to evenly and effectively seed the field.

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