Cover Crops

Crop insurance and cover crops have successfully coexisted for decades, as evidenced by the rapid growth in the use of this agronomic practice. Crop insurance recognizes the use of cover crops for erosion control, conservation, and soil improvement.

What is a cover crop?
A cover crop is a crop generally recognized by agricultural experts as agronomically sound for the area for erosion control or other purposes related to conservation or soil improvement.

NRCS Cover Crop Termination Guidelines
  • Version 4 will be published by June 30, 2019 for crops with a contract change date of June 30, 2019, or later, starting with the 2020 crop year. 
  • NRCS Guidelines Version 3. For crops with a contract change date from September 30, 2014 to June 29, 2019.
  • NRCS Guidelines Version 2. For crops with a contract change date from December 31, 2013 to September 29, 2014.
  • NRCS Guidelines Version 1. For crops with a contract change date from June 30, 2013 to December 30, 2013.

Fact Sheets

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