Double Cropping Initiative
As part of a broader set of commitments made by President Biden and Secretary Vilsack to increase domestic food production amid potential global food shortages related to the invasion of Ukraine, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is simplifying sign-up and expanding double cropping coverage availability for the 2023 crop year. These efforts will help enable agricultural producers to have coverage on two crops on the same land each year, such as spring planted soybeans or grain sorghum following the harvest of a crop such as winter wheat.
The USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) reminds agricultural producers that for the 2023 crop year there may be options for insuring double crop soybeans or grain sorghum and other crops in counties where the Following Another Crop (FAC) practice is not available.
- Producers intending to plant soybeans or grain sorghum after wheat and other fall seeded crops in counties where double crop insurance coverage is not available, may have the option to request coverage by applying for a written agreement through their crop insurance agent.
- In addition, producers in some areas of the country also have the option to request coverage for soybeans planted into wheat using a relay cropping practice, which is where a second-planted crop (“relay crop”) is planted (using a generally recognized seeding rate) into an established crop (other than a cover crop) where the crops are planted in a manner that allows separate agronomic maintenance and harvest of the crops.
- Maps of Double Cropping Expansion
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Regional Specific Underwriting Guidance
- Other Resources