USDA Confirms Silage Corn Can Be Planted On Prevent Plant Acres

June 24, 2019 04:49 PM
 
According to Richard Flournoy, deputy administrator of product management for the USDA-Risk Management Agency (RMA), silage corn can be eligible for planting on prevent plant acres. 

This week, farmers in much of the eastern Corn Belt will be eligible to plant cover crops as the late-plant period on prevent plant acres ends there on June 26. Following last week’s announcement about the potential to harvest cover crops on September 1 instead of November 1 many farmers, particularly in the upper Midwest, started to wonder if silage corn would be eligible. According to Richard Flournoy, deputy administrator of product management for the USDA-Risk Management Agency (RMA), silage corn can be eligible for planting on prevent plant acres. 

“A cover crop for crop insurance purposes, we have a broad definition, and it's generally many things that any crop that can be planted for erosion control, soil improvement, or any other type of conservation practice,” he told AgriTalk host Chip Flory. 

If producers have questions about what could be considered a cover crop in their state, Flournoy suggests a visit to the local National Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) office. Individual states can have a list of what crops can be considered cover crops. 

Additionally, he says an “ag expert” can deem a crop eligible by determining the prospective crop meets all the cover crop definitions.  

“We have on our website a link to all the folks who can be considered an expert,” he said. “A certified crop advisor is [someone] that could say in your area, corn for silage could be a cover crop. One key distinction there is it can't be corn for grain or seed, as long as it's for silage it meets that cover crop definition.”

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DotheMath
St Croix cty, WI
6/24/2019 09:39 PM
 

  Why plant more corn for silage when most of what was planted for grain will only make silage? No way much of this year's corn reaches maturity in time. Now they don't want you to be able to sell it for silage by encouraging more corn to be planted only for silage on land they've been already paid not to plant corn on.

 
 
Chuck
Denmark, WI
6/25/2019 08:28 AM
 

  Corn silage does not meet the criteria "planted for erosion control, soil improvement, or any other type of conservation practice". No way, no how. Corn silage does the complete opposite for soil health. Only way I can see that is if an actual cover crop is required to be interseeded into that corn. This is straight B.S., and swampy as all heck!

 
 

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