In Iowa and across the Corn Belt, a late cover crop planting date last fall and cold weather this spring has left farmers with reservations about terminating their cover crop now, when it’s so small — especially if weed control is a primary goal. However, to comply with standard crop insurance rules, farmers would have to go ahead and terminate anyway.
Sarah Carlson, cover crop specialist with Practical Farmers of Iowa, explains how farmers can delay cover crop termination and still fully insure their soybean crop this year. Iowa Natural Resources Conservation Service has created a process for asking for special treatment. For more, please click here.