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  • Q Can I plant alfalfa for the 2020 crop year on acreage claimed as prevented from planting without impacting my 2019 prevented planting payment?

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    Yes.  Planting a 2020 alfalfa crop will not impact the 2019 prevented planting payment.  
  • Q What are my options for planting alfalfa on prevented planting

    A

    Producers have options when planting alfalfa on prevented planting acreage without impacting their 2019 prevented planting payments.

    Producers can:

    1. Plant alfalfa as a cover crop;

    a. Must be planted and managed according to NRCS (or other agricultural expert) guidelines including seeding rates, input rates, and NRCS termination dates; and

    b. Can be hayed, grazed, or cut for silage, haylage or baleage on or after September 1 with NO impact to the 2019 prevented planting payment.

    2. Plant alfalfa as a 2020 crop with the following options:

    a. Not insure the alfalfa;

    i. There is no impact on 2019 prevented planting payment;

    ii. There are no planting date or harvest restrictions; and

    iii. It is considered a first crop, regardless of insurance coverage, for the 2020 crop year.

    b. Insure the alfalfa under a 2020 forage seeding policy;

    i. If producers plant a 2020 alfalfa crop and choose to insure it with a forage seeding policy, they should consult with their crop insurance agent for all details regarding policy provisions and dates for their local area.

    ii. Producers should consider the following:

    1. There is no impact on the 2019 prevented planting payment.

    2. The policy does not insure a crop that is grazed at any time during the insurance period.

    3. Earliest planting dates vary by region to comply with local good farming practices.

    4. Final planting dates vary by region.

    5. End of insurance dates vary by region and by special provision.

    6. In many parts of the county, producers need to apply for a written agreement for a fall seeded forage seeding policy. They should work with their crop insurance agent to establish the request. Due dates vary by region.

    c. Insure the alfalfa under a 2021 forage production policy;

    i. If producers choose to insure the alfalfa crop with a 2021 forage production policy, insurance attaches after the stand passes an initial inspection. Sales closing dates vary by region. 

    ii. Producers should contact their crop insurance agent for complete details.

    d. Insure the alfalfa under both a 2020 forage seeding policy and a 2021 forage production policy.

  • Q What are the dates I need to remember if insuring fall planted forage seeding on 2019 prevented planting ground?

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    Be sure to contact your crop insurance agent for questions concerning future coverage. 

    Important Dates:
    Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin
    Earliest Planting Date (as per Good Farming Practices) – 07/01/2019
    2020 Forage Seeding Written Agreement Due – 12/10/2019
    2021 Forage Production Sales Closing Date – 09/30/2020

    Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming
    Earliest Planting Date (as per Good Farming Practices) – 07/01/2019
    2020 Forage Seeding Written Agreement Due – 08/31/2019
    2021 Forage Production Sales Closing Date – 09/30/2020