Crop Insurance Decisions Related to Delayed and Prevented Planting

March 11, 2010

By William Edwards, Department of Economics

In some years cold weather or frequent rains prevent tillage and planting from being completed as early as desired to achieve optimum yields. When this happens some adjustments may be made to the amount of coverage provided by Multiple Peril Crop Insurance (MPCI) as well as other types of crop insurance. These adjustments are subject to revision each year by the Risk Management Agency and crop insurance vendors.

In an Ag Decision Maker Information File, I cover the producer options when crop cannot be planted on time  and the late planting coverage available on MPCI policies. As the deadline for purchasing crop insurance quickly approaches, producers should also review the Ag Decision Maker article Crop insurance decisions for 2010.

William Edwards is a professor of economics with extension responsibilities in farm business management. Edwards can be contacted at (515) 294-6161 or by emailing

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