Spring Native Grass Seeding Program
The Mercer County Soil & Water Conservation District has completed the spring seeding of 388 acres of native grasses around Mercer County. Most of these acres were enrolled under the continuous CRP program. These acres along with the 358 acres of dormant seeding last November brings the fiscal year total to 746 acres of native grasses. Included in these acres is a small amount of pollinator seedings which are designed to help the honey bee population along with other desirable insects. The District has been able to assist landowners in bringing accuracy to seeding populations and placement creating better stands of natives. Most of the acres are being placed on highly land or flood plain acres. This contributes to water quality in the open streams running through the county. This program has also provided the district with a revenue stream which has offset funding reductions from the State of Illinois.
American Farmland Trust Awards a Grant to the Mercer County SWCD
The Mercer County SWCD was recently awarded a $5,000 grant for the promotion of cover crops in Mercer County. There were 7 grants awarded in the state of Illinois. Rock Island and Mercer counties were both awarded a grant. This is a two year grant. Mercer County SWCD will hold meetings, tours and provide news releases on cover crop activity.