Consult with crop insurance provider before replanting

Farm management specialist Gary Schnitkey says crop insurance agents should be consulted when determining whether to replant corn.  Schnitkey, at the University of Illinois, tells Brownfield a wide stretch of the Corn Belt has areas where wet parts of fields will result in replanting.

“I would get stand counts there and just note that it’s going to have to be a pretty low stand to warrant replanting, because that’s just the way the economics work out,” said Schnitkey, during an interview with Brownfield Ag News.  “If you have to replant the whole field, it’s a tough decision.”

There are replant payment provisions in some, but not all, crop insurance products, says Schnitkey, but he says the determining factor is whether replanting is a sound agronomic decision.

“If it’s a good farming practice to replant the crop, then there would be that replant payment,” said Schnitkey, “so those are the considerations that a crop insurance agent can help with.”

Schnitkey says that if a replant payment provision is part of a crop insurance package, it’s eight times USDA’s projected price per bushel for the year, which comes out to $31.68 per acre.

AUDIO: Gary Schnitkey (6 min. MP3)

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