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Prevent plant decisions are difficult

A crop insurance adviser says he gets fewer questions about blight prevention because most farmers have decided what they need to do.

Mike Boan with Compeer Financial tells Brownfield that some areas have been hit harder than others. “The people who still have water standing on the ground, etc., they’re probably going to lean more toward a cover crop of some kind, or some kind of forage crop. For those who can get out there with today’s equipment and planting methods, they can get out there and replant that ground.”

Boan says it’s hard for the farmer to decide what to do if the crop can’t be planted and something has to be out there to suppress weeds and preserve the soil. “If you’re still looking at plant prevention today and haven’t decided what to do, one thing to think about is, do you have a neighbor or family member who might have livestock? You can work with them now.”

Boan says when planting a cover crop for animal feed there are restrictions. “You can’t take it for seed or for grain. Those are big no-nos, and the other thing you can’t do is you can’t go out and put in any kind of corn as a cover crop. You can’t do it further from and with about two years ago.”

He says for farmers in Minnesota and Iowa who work with flooded crops, “You have 100% of your full liability on that crop still covered even if it’s flooded, but with prevent growth you get 55% of your liability on your corn paid out and 60% of your soybean liability is paid out based on whatever level of coverage and insurance you have in place.”

Boan recommends farmers who still can’t get into their fields talk to their crop insurance agents about their options.

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