The wet spring of 2011 did not only cause problems for getting crops planted, it also made it very challenging to terminate growing cover crops in a timely manner to meet crop insurance requirements. Changes from the U. S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) have given farmers more time to terminate their cover crops this spring.
In order for grain farmers to insure their main crop, they previously had to terminate cover crops by May 15 and before the crop headed or budded. In December, the RMA changed those rules so that producers now must terminate cover crops by June 5 and regardless of the growth stage.
“Last year, with a very wet spring, the May 15 deadline was really problematic,” said Eileen Kladivko, Purdue University professor of agronomy. “There was a lot of effort on the parts of land-grant universities, the Natural Resources Conservation Service and partners like the National Wildlife Federation to get that changed because of the conservation benefits of cover crops.… Continue readingRead More »