The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship has extended the sign-up deadline for Iowa farmers to enroll for crop insurance discounts for planting cover crops.

Farmers who planted fall cover crops have until Jan. 28 to sign up for a $5 per acre discount on their 2022 crop insurance premiums. Farmers can ap­­ply online at

This is the fifth year of the crop insurance discount program. To date, about 1,700 farmers have enrolled nearly 700,000 acres of cover crops in the program. Other states have started offering similar programs modeled after the one in Iowa, including Illinois and Indiana.