The U.S. Department of Agriculture will now allow agricultural producers with crop insurance to hay, graze or chop cover crops for silage, haylage or baleage at any time and still receive 100 percent of the prevented planting payment.
Previously, cover crops could only be hayed, grazed or chopped after Nov. 1, or the prevented planting payment would be reduced by 65 percent.
The change gives producers greater flexibility for the 2021 crop year and into the future.
USDA’s Risk Management Agency will not consider a cover crop planted following a prevented planting claim to be a second crop. But RMA will continue to consider a cover crop harvested for grain or seed to be a second crop, and that crop would therefore remain subject to a reduction in the prevented planting indemnity.