NORFOLK, Neb. -- As the harvest season quickly approaches, some area farmers will soon be looking to keep their fields in top shape.

The Lower Elkhorn Natural Resource District has approved an additional two-inch allocation for farmers wishing to utilize a cover crop this year.

Starting after Sept. 15, select wells in Madison and Wayne counties will get a two-inch per acre allocation for cover crops.

In order to qualify, the well must be an irrigation well that is already subject to an annual groundwater allocation in the LENRD quantity management sub-area.

This decision isn't a new one for farmers in the LENRD as this allocation has previously been approved in years past. 

The motion was approved unanimously by the board, with no opposition.

Farmers wishing to utilize the allocation early can do so but must be approved by the LENRD.

To see if your groundwater well qualifies for the allocation, you can consult the LENRD.