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Cover Crops for Prevented Plant Acres

June 12, 2013

aid with erosion and weeds
The snowy, rainy spring of 2013 has left many farmers making the decision to put some, or all, of their acres into the prevented plant insurance option. Although cover crops are not a requirement of the prevented plant option, they are still a good idea to help with erosion control and weed management.

It's important for farmers to talk with their insurance agents and local Farm Service Agency. Understand and follow the prevented plant rules to ensure payment. Remember, there may be differences depending on your state or even your county.

Planting date of the cover crop will be important for selection. A June or early-July planting date works best with warm-season grasses like sorghum, sorghum-sudan grass and the millets. If left to grow through the fall, these species can reach heights of six to eight feet and produce quite a bit of above ground biomass.

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