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Farmers should contact insurance providers

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Date Modified: 05/28/2013 8:05 AM

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DES MOINES — Farmers with cover crops should contact their insurance providers if they are interested in haying or grazing after May 10.

The USDA Risk Management Agency provided new guidance that says insurance providers may allow farmers to continue to hay or graze the cover crop until May 22. Haying includes green chopping.

USDA previously had provided guidance to farmers interested in insuring a spring crop following a cover crop that they must not hay, graze or otherwise harvest the cover crop after May 10, and terminate the cover crop prior to planting the spring crop. The cover crop must be terminated with tillage or herbicide. Grazing is not considered terminating the crop.

In addition to contacting their insurance providers, farmers can also contact the USDA Risk Management Agency's Saint Paul Regional Office for more information via phone at (651) 290-3304.