Corn growers in 11 states can apply for crop insurance coverage this year for a practice that reduces nutrient runoff, said the USDA’s Risk Management Agency on Wednesday.
The policy will cover any yield losses that growers suffer from due to bad weather.
Split-apply nitrogen is a way to reduce nutrient runoff, and lower fertilizer prices, as opposed to the traditional practice of applying one large dose of fertilizer either before or during planting.
“We are proud to offer this new insurance option that encourages the use of conservation practices that benefit not just the environment, but also producers’ balance sheets,” said Marcia Bunger, RMA administrator.
The policy is available in select counties of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Kansas. It covers non-irrigated corn in Illinois, Indiana. Iowa, Kansas. Michigan, Minnesota. Nebraska. North Dakota. Ohio. South Dakota.
Source: Successful Farming