LINCOLN — The new deadline is July 19 for Nebraska farmers who could not plant crops because of flooded or wet fields to apply with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service for a special Environmental Quality Incentives Program.

The program provides technical and financial assistance to help farmers plant cover crops as an alternative to letting fields go fallow and uncovered.

Fields that are saturated for an extended period can lose important soil organisms. Cover crop roots add organic matter and create pathways for air and water to move through the soil, which is key to restoring its health.

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