A helicopter will drop winter rye grass seed into standing corn fields to establish a "cover crop"

 

Walton, NY- Expect to see low flying helicopters in the area as farms across the West of Hudson NYC Watershed area will be participating in the soil conservation practice of aerial cover crops. The dates for the cover crop seedings have been extended through October 4, 2019.

A helicopter will drop winter rye grass seed into standing corn fields to establish a “cover crop” that will protect the soil after the main crop is harvested. This controlled seed application uses a Global Positioning System (GPS) to precisely map where seed is distributed. Weather and other variables will determine the exact flight schedule.

Farms are participating voluntarily and are receiving financial and technical assistance for this conservation practice from the Watershed Agricultural Council.

For more information call (607) 865-7090 or email Nate Townsend at natetownsend@nycwatershed.org.

Source: Watershed Agricultural Council

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