In response to an unprecedented number of unplanted acres in the Eastern Corn Belt, the Springfield Regional RMA office has released an update to their policy requirements with regard to terminating cover crops.
The former policy had the termination date set at May 15. While many areas of Indiana and Ohio were hit with 1-5″ of rain on May 25 and additional rain on the 26th, this reprieve may still help producers who have living cover crops in fields intended for corn or soybeans. As one gentlemen from Ottawa County Ohio said, “We haven’t turned a wheel here yet, wheat topdressed 2 weeks ago, no spraying of fields done.”
Thanks to RMA for being sensitive to the producers and the weather conditions. Thanks also to those who have worked with RMA to accomplish this reprieve. Now let’s all pray for dry weather so the crop can be planted (or at least get the cover crops sprayed in the next 5 days) !