A Nebraska Game and Parks Commission public informational meeting in Guide Rock to discuss crop stubble management has been rescheduled for May 1. It was postponed April 18 because of inclement weather.

The meeting will be held from 5-7 p.m. at the Guide Rock Community Center, 120 W. Douglas St.

Game and Parks recently was awarded a $1.5 million grant by the Nebraska Environmental Trust 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.

Interested producers are urged to register for the meeting by contacting John Laux at 308-928-2541 or Justin Haahr at 308-865-5308.

Image courtesy Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

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