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Mulling Over Prevented Planted Acres? Here Are Some Resources
If you’ve been battling heavy spring rains and flooded fields, now is the time that you’re thinking about prevented planting.
In Minnesota, for example, many of these these farmers will have to decide what to do when the final planting dates of May 31 for corn and June 10 for soybeans in most areas, says Dave Bau, University of Minnesota Extension educator.
The USDA’s Federal Crop Insurance Corporation policies have prevented planting provisions for payment if planting cannot occur before the final plant date. There are also options to plant after the final planting date, but with reduced insurance coverage.
For most of Minnesota, the final planting date for corn is May 31. It is May 25 for northern counties. 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. At this point, the insurance coverage is reduced to 55% for corn and 60% for soybeans.
Additional resources are available for farmers and their advisers, including a worksheet developed by Iowa State University and adapted for Minnesota by Extension economists Robert Craven and Kent Olson to evaluate options when prevented from planting. The worksheet also helps evaluate whether to replant or not.
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