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Tall Wheat Stubble Program

The Tall Wheat and Milo Stubble Program pays landowners up to $10 per acre to leave wheat and/or milo stubble 14 inches or taller undisturbed until April 1 of the following year in order to benefit wildlife. 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. Incentives are offered in the Upper Niobrara-White, North Platte, South Platte, Twin Platte, Upper Republican, Middle Republican, Tri-Basin and Lower Republican natural resource districts in southern and western Nebraska.

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.

Support for this program

Support for the Tall Wheat and Milo Stubble Program is provided the Nebraska Environmental Trust, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, the Wheat Board, Wheat Producers, Sorghum Board, Sorghum Producers, University of Nebraska Extension, Pheasants Forever and the following eight natural resource 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.

For more information

To learn more about this program or to request an application form, call or email the Game and Parks Commission Office nearest to you:

Alliance: Matt Steffl, 308-763-2940
Chadron: Shelley Steffl, 308-432-6183
North Platte: T. J. Walker or Adam Kester, 308-535-8025
Kearney: Justin Haahr, 308-865-5308
Alma: John Laux, 308-928-2541