About the Program:
The Nebraska Environmental Trust has awarded $1.5 million to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission,along with eight Natural Resources Districts: Upper Niobrara-White, North Platte, South Platte, Twin Platte, Upper Republican, Middle Republican, Lower Republican and Tri-Basin, the Wheat Board, Wheat Producers, Sorghum Board, Sorghum Producers, University of Nebraska Extension and Pheasants Forever. The money will be used to enroll tall wheat and milo stubble into the Crop Stubble Management, Wildlife and Water Conservation Program for three years.
The program will be offered in the Upper Niobrara-White, North Platte, South Platte, Twin Platte, Upper Republican, Middle Republican, Tri-Basin and Lower Republican natural resource districts (NRD) in southern and western Nebraska.
Producers within the project area may receive $10 per acre to leave wheat and/or milo stubble 14 inches or taller undisturbed until April 1 of the following year. Eligible producers may enroll up to 320 acres per year per crop type for two years. Post-harvest chemical applications are allowed but other means of disturbance – such as disking, grazing or haying – are not allowed before the April 1 deadline. Public hunting access is not required to enroll. An additional incentive of $3 per acre is available to producers willing to allow walk-in hunting access on their stubble fields.
Benefits to Land and Wildlife
Tall, undisturbed stubble has been shown to provide multiple benefits to pheasants, quail and other wildlife from the end of summer through winter. Tall stubble provides additional agricultural and economic benefits by collecting and conserving soil moisture through catching snow, shading the ground and reducing erosion. There also is potential for higher yields of subsequent crops in a crop rotation.
For more information call or email your nearest NGPC office:
Alliance (Matt Steffl – 308-763-2940, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Chadron – Shelley Steffl (308-432-6183, email@example.com)
North Platte (T. J. Walker Thomas.firstname.lastname@example.org
or Adam Kester – 308-535-8025 email@example.com)
Kearney (Justin Haahr – 308-865-5308 firstname.lastname@example.org)
Alma (John Laux – 308-928-2541 email@example.com).