Planting annual forages following a primary crop or specifically for feed can provide a number of benefits, including ground cover and forage resources for livestock. One of the main risks with this production practice, especially in a non-irrigated field, is variable precipitation and soil moisture conditions.
Annual Forage Insurance Plan coverage is available in Nebraska from the USDA – Risk Management Agency (RMA) for annual forages seeded for use as livestock feed or fodder. This includes, annual forage plants seeded for grazing, haying, grazing/haying, grain/grazing, green chop, grazing/green chop, or silage. Recent changes have been made to the program that expanded the number of growing seasons and established a common signup date.
The USDA's Risk Management Agency (RMA) reminds farmers and ranchers in Colorado, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska the final date to apply for insurance coverage on pasture, rangeland, or forage acres for 2017 is Nov. 15. The Rainfall Index Pasture, Rangeland, Forage (PRF) pilot program provides coverage to protect livestock operations from the risks of forage losses on acreage being grazed or harvested for hay.
Although recent rains have livestock producers looking at green pastures, most know it can turn dry quickly and may want protection against drought loss on annual forage crops, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist. The first deadline to sign up for the Rainfall Index – Annual Forage Insurance plan, known as RI-AF, is coming in July, said DeDe Jones, AgriLife Extension risk management specialist in Amarillo. The risk policy is designed to allow livestock producers to look at possible future weather conditions and buy protection against losses due to a lack of moisture, Jones said.
Annual Forage Insurance coverage is available in Nebraska for annual forage plants seeded for use as livestock feed or fodder. This includes but is not limited to plants seeded for grazing, haying, grazing/haying, grain/grazing, green chop, grazing/green chop or silage. The signup/sales deadline is July 15 for coverage on fall planted forage (planted between July 15 and Nov. 15) with coverage available for a growing season from Sept. 1 to March 31. The acreage reporting deadline is Nov. 15. Annual Forage Insurance is also available for a spring growing season from March 1 to Sept. 30 for forage planted between Dec. 15 and July 15. If you purchased an Annual Forage insurance plan last December, the acreage reporting deadline is July 15.
Annual Forage Insurance coverage is available in Nebraska for annual forage plants seeded for use as livestock feed or fodder. This includes, but is not limited to, plants seeded for grazing, haying, grazing/haying, grain/grazing, green chop, grazing/green chop, or silage. The sign-up/sales deadline is July 15 for coverage on fall-planted forage (planted between July 15 and November 15) with coverage available for a growing season from September 1 to March 31. The acreage reporting deadline is November 15 so a producer has until then to report actual planted acreage upon which coverage will apply.
This year producers have access to a higher level of forage coverage. Insured prices are up more than 30 per cent when compared to 2015 and forage establishment coverage has increased from $55 per acre to $70 per acre. Over the years SCIC has worked diligently with producers and industry organizations to build an effective forage insurance program for hay, pastureland and greenfeed. This consultation was instrumental in changes to the pricing options that producers have for their forage insurance.
2015 was a challenging year for many producers who rely on forage for seed, sale or feed. Dry conditions are an insurable cause of loss when it comes to the Forage Insurance Program offered through the Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Program. There are a number of crops insurable under this program including tame hay, dehydrated alfalfa, sweetclover and greenfeed. Additional choices such as Establishment Benefit and Forage Diversification options are also made available under this program.
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