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Prevented planting? Evaluating your options under crop insurance

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By Kent Olson, University of Minnesota Extension

ST. PAUL, Minn. (6/18/2014)—Spring rains and flooded fields have delayed or prevented planting for many farmers in Minnesota. If farmers have multi-peril crop insurance and have not been able to plant by their crop's final planting date, they do have options.

For most of Minnesota, the final planting date for corn is May 31. For the northern counties it is May 25. The final planting date for soybeans in Minnesota is June 10. The late planting period extends for 25 days after the crop's final planting date.

If farmers were unable to plant corn on or before May 31 (in most of Minnesota) because of an insurable cause of loss, they may:

  • Plant corn during the 25-day late planting period with the production guarantee being reduced one percent per day for each day planting is delayed after the final planting date. Planting corn in Minnesota after June 10, however, is not recommended due to potential frost before harvest.
  • Plant corn after the late planting period after June 25. The insurance guarantee will be 60 percent, the same as the insurance guarantee provided for prevented planting coverage. Again, planting corn after June 10 is not recommended in Minnesota.
  • Plant soybeans on the land intended for corn before June 25 with full insurance coverage for the soybeans, but no prevented planting payment for corn.
  • Not plant a crop and receive a prevented planting payment.
  • Plant a cover crop and receive a prevented planting payment.
  • After the late planting period ends, plant the acreage to another crop (second crop) and receive a reduced prevented planting payment for the corn.

If a farmers were unable to plant soybeans on or before June 10 in Minnesota because of an insurable loss, they have a similar set of options. They may:

  • Plant soybeans during the 25-day late planting period with the production guarantee being reduced one percent per day for each day planting is delayed after the final planting date.
  • Plant soybeans after the late planting period, that is after July 5. The insurance guarantee will be 60 percent, the same as the insurance guarantee provided for prevented planting coverage.
  • Not plant a crop and receive a prevented planting payment.
  • Plant a cover crop and receive a prevented planting payment.
  • After the late planting period ends, plant the acreage to another crop (second crop) and receive a reduced prevented planting payment for the soybean.

The first step for farmers is to contact their crop insurance agent to review their policy and options before making a decision.

Farmers and their advisers can use a worksheet developed by Iowa State and adapted for Minnesota by Kent Olson to evaluate their options when prevented from planting. The worksheet also helps in the evaluation of whether to replant or not. Download the Minnesota 2014 delayed planting evaluator worksheet (395 KB XLS).

USDA's Risk Management Agency's (RMA) information on final planting dates and other crop insurance information can be found at www.rma.usda.gov/aboutrma/fields/mn_rso/. RMA defines prevented planting as a failure to plant an insured crop with the proper equipment by the final planting date designated in the insurance policy's actuarial documents or during the late planting period, if applicable, due to an insured cause of loss that is general to the surrounding area and that prevents other producers from planting acreage with similar characteristics.

More information can be found on RMA's prevented planting fact sheet at www.rma.usda.gov/fields/mn_rso/2013/2013preventedplanting.pdf.


Any use of this article must include the byline or following credit line:
Kent Olson is a Professor of Applied Economics with University of Minnesota Extension.

Media Contact: Allison Sandve, U of M Extension, (612) 626-4077, ajsandve@umn.edu


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