Due to the unique challenges of the 2019 growing season, the USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA) has announced a one-time change to the 2019 crop year prevented planting rules. This change allows silage corn, if planted as a cover crop following local agricultural expert guidelines, to be allowed as a post-prevented planting cover crop as long as harvest takes place after September 1. Under this one-time adjustment, producers may produce this crop while retaining their prevented planting payment.
“We’re pleased that Land Grant institutions from New York, Pennsylvania and Vermont recently recognized corn silage as an acceptable cover crop,” Forrett continued. “This will provide much needed forage support to livestock farmers during this difficult period while maintaining prevented planting payments.”
Producers who would like to use a cover crop on prevented planting acres must obtain approval from their crop insurance adjuster prior to implementing any prevented planting management plan. All acres must be reported and signed up no later than July 15. Producers can hay, graze or cut cover crops for silage, haylage or baleage on prevented plant acres on or after September 1 and still maintain eligibility for their full prevented planting indemnity.
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