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The final planting date for corn in the southern two-thirds of Minnesota, as well as in all of Iowa, and Wisconsin is May 31, in order to receive full crop insurance coverage for 2014. The late planting period for corn is June 1-25, with a reduction in the insurance coverage level of 1% for each day that corn planting is delayed past May 31. In northern Minnesota, the final date for corn planting with full insurance coverage is May 25. For soybeans, the final planting date is June 10 in Minnesota and the northern two-thirds of Wisconsin, and June 15 in Iowa and the southern one-third of Wisconsin, with the final planting date extending for 25 days until July 5 in Minnesota and northern Wisconsin, and until July 10 in Iowa and southern Wisconsin. For crops planted after the final dates for the late planting period, crop insurance coverage is set at a maximum of 60% of the original insurance guarantee, which is the same as the prevented planting insurance coverage.

It is important to pay close attention to the final planting dates and the late planting oeriod when making late planting or prevented planting crop insurance decisions. Producers should contact their crop insurance agent for more details on final planting dates and prevented planting options with various crop insurance policies.

There are also some good fact sheets available on the USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA) website. I have also prepared an information sheet, Prevented Planting Options For 2014, which contains details on prevented planting requirements and considerations, as well as tables comparing the options of late planting or prevented planting with normal production for corn and soybeans. To receive a copy of the prevented planting information sheet, please send an e-mail

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