Sen Tim Johnson, D-S.D., has introduced a bill that would allow you to plant a second crop on prevent plant acres without losing part of the crop insurance coverage.
Currently, if you can't get a crop planted within a prescribed time due to excessive moisture, you can file a prevented planting claim. You are eligible to receive 60% or 75% of your guarantee, depending on what the level you selected when purchasing crop insurance.
But what if the field dries out and you can plant something later ? If you harvest the second crop before Nov. 1, the payment on the first crop drops to approximately 35% of the guarantee.
The penalty prevents double dipping.
Johnson says he'd like to see producers be able to plant a forage crop and either graze or bale it without penalty.
"Some flexibility [in the prevent plant program] is justifiable to ensure producers have adequate feedstuffs for their livestock for emergency purposes," he says.