WASHINTON, July 5, 2017 - USDA’s Risk Management Agency has made some adjustments to its replanting requirements for policyholders. The changes, which were made to a final rule issued in June 2016, will take effect for the 2018 crop year. Crop insurance doesn’t cover losses when a policyholder fails to properly replant the same crop. RMA revised the definition of “practical to replant” to provide more flexibility to producers.

The changes were in response to comments that said “taking the practicality to replant all the way to the end of the late planting period” limited a farmer’s ability to be flexible in the event of a lost crop. RMA also added some provisions for determining whether it is practical to replant due to weather. Those considerations include whether the field, soil, and growing conditions will allow for proper planting and growth.