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      Deadline Approaches for Crop Stubble Management Program

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      Farmers in southern and western Nebraska are running out of time to enroll in the Crop Stubble Management program which could help put a few extra dollars in their pockets.

      The program pays enrolled wheat and milo producers to leave the stubble in the fields to benefit local wildlife. The deadline to enroll in the program is June 1.

      Producerswithin the project areas may receive $10 per acre to leave wheat and/or milostubble 14 inches or taller undisturbed until April 1st of the following year.Eligible producers may enroll up to 320 acres per year per crop type for twoyears. Post-harvest chemical applications are allowed, but other disturbances -- such as disking, grazing or haying -- are not allowed before the April 1 deadline.

      The Nebraska Environmental Trusthas awarded $1.5 million to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission to finance the Crop Stubble Management, Wildlife andWater Conservation Program for three years. Tall stubble has proven beneficial to both wildlife and soil quality.

      This program will be offered in theUpper Niobrara-White, North Platte, South Platte, Twin Platte, UpperRepublican, Middle Republican, Tri-Basin and Lower Republican natural resourcedistricts (NRD) in western and southern Nebraska.

      Applications can be requested from the Nebraska Game and Parks,Natural Resources District, or Natural Resources Conservation Service offices.

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