ELIZABETH, Ill. — Currently, producers have A LOT of questions. How much do I get paid for prevented planting? How are eligible acres for prevented planting determined? What happens if you are prevented from planting and there are not enough eligible acres for the crop being claimed? What will crop insurance adjusters need to do for prevented planting claims? Which cover crops will fit into my herbicide program? What is the best cover crop/mix to use for forage? Farmers are looking for answers to these questions to determine how to make their farms more resilient and profitable.
With so many questions that need answering, and regulations seemingly changing as soon as you get a handle on them, where can you go to get some clarity? Fortunately, there is a meeting for that. University of Illinois Extension will be hosting “Prevented Planting: Cover Crops and Forages” on Thursday, July 11th beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Elizabeth Community Building. This meeting will feature a panel with representatives from: Risk Management Agency, Stephenson FS, Agnetic, Compeer Financial, Eastland Feed & Grain Inc., Jo Daviess Soil and Water Conservation District, and more. The goal of this meeting will be to address ANY questions producers may have regarding: prevented planting regulations, agronomy, cover crop selection and availability, and animal nutrition.
The reality is that “prevented plant” is a decision many producers are having to grapple with, but there may be some ways to make the most out of this unpleasant situation by planting beneficial cover/forage crops. This year may be an opportunity to try some things you normally would not feel comfortable doing, incorporating cover crops into the system to boost productivity of your next cash crop. Importantly, talk with crop advisors, Extension field agronomists and insurance providers as soon as possible to gather information to make the best decision. Check your policy or contact your insurance agent as soon as possible for dates and more information about your insurance coverage. Always consider herbicide and harvest restrictions prior to implementation of new practices into your production system. When in doubt, reach out to your local Extension office, we will be glad to help.
Registration is free and can be made online (go.illinois.edu/jsw) or by calling the Jo Daviess county Extension office (815-858-2273). Pre-registrations are encouraged due to limited seating. Refreshments will be provided. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact the Extension Office. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting your access needs. If you would like more information about prevented planting, visit the Illinois Extension website at https://web.extension.illinois.edu/jsw/lpplanting/. For additional questions, contact Phillip Alberti, Crop Science Educator with University of Illinois Extension in the College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences at firstname.lastname@example.org, 815-599-3644 or on Twitter (@NorthernILCrops).
— University of Illinois Extension
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