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Cover Crops flown over Coshocton County

| September 10, 2013

COSHOCTON – If you see a crazy little yellow plane flying so close to the ground you can almost reach up and grab it, don’t worry it’s all good. The Coshocton Soil and Water Conservation District is partnering with Fisher’s Ag Service of Cardington for an aerial cover crop seeding program.

The purpose of the cover crop program is to sow conservation cover crops, which provide a growing crop over 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 plane. No herbicides or pesticides are being used.

Almost 1,500 acres were scheduled to be seeded Sept. 10, in Coshocton County. Flying is weather and fog dependent and the pilots will fly out of the Coshocton County Airport.

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

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