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Cover crop seeding program set

| August 31, 2014

COSHOCTON – Did you see crazy little yellow planes last September flying so close to the ground you could almost reach out and grab them? Were you close enough to see something come out of the airplane? Well don’t worry; it’s all good and going to happen again this September. The Coshocton Soil and Water Conservation District is once again partnering with Fisher Ag Service for an aerial cover crop seeding program.

What is an aerial cover crop? Seed that is dropped from an airplane which provides a growing cover during the winter months to minimize soil erosion and improve water quality.

The pilots fly very low to the ground and make several passes over fields in order to ensure good seed coverage. The pilots are only dropping oats or rye seed from the airplane; no herbicides or pesticides are being used. More than 2,000 acres will be seeded in Coshocton County and should be completed in one day. Flying is dependent on weather and fog and pilots will fly from first light to twilight out of the Richard Downing Airport. Aerial seeding is planned for the second week of September, depending on weather and Fisher’s schedule.

The following have provided support for the cover crop program: Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District, Coshocton SWCD Board of Supervisors, TMK Bakersville, Lapp Farms, and participating landowners.

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