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Critical Area Seeding

Available in the following watersheds: Jerome Fork, Muddy Fork, Black Fork, Lake Fork & Clear Forks within the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) jurisdictional boundaries.

Funding Source: Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District

MWCD is partnering with Ashland SWCD to promote seeding of critical erosion areas. Critical seeding areas are a good solution to treat small gullies forming in crops fields that don’t require a full waterway design.

Much like the cover crop program, this is meant to be a simple application process to fix problem erosion areas in crop fields. Producers will complete a short application form. Approved applicants will submit earth work and seeding receipts to receive a one-time cost share payment. The cost-share will not exceed actual receipts for the seeding. Cost share rate is $500 per acre planted, and corn silage and/or soybeans must be in the crop rotation.

Producers will be responsible for the installation of the critical seeding area, including site preparation and planting. Seeding mixtures and rates must follow NRCS specifications and the seeding windows is 3/15 to 5/31. The seeding area must have a minimum width of whichever is greater: 20 feet or the width necessary to treat the critical area.

Ashland SWCD is taking applications immediately, so contact District Technicians Erica White at 419-289-4828for additional details or to apply.

Key Details:

  • Cost share will be a one-time payment at a rate of $500 per acre planted with a maximum of 1 acre

  • Must remain undisturbed for a minimum of 3 years

  • Fields must be located in Ashland County

  • Soybeans or corn silage must be in the current rotation

  • Seeding mixtures must follow NRCS standards and specifications

  • SWCD must be notified within 5 days of critical area seeding being completed