Prevented planting provisions in insurance policies can provide valuable coverage when extreme weather conditions prevent expected plantings. Producers should make planting decisions based on agronomically sound and well documented crop management practices.
What is Prevented Planting?
Prevented planting is a failure to plant an insured crop with the proper equipment by the final planting date designated in the insurance policy’s Special Provisions or during the late planting period, if applicable. Final planting dates and late planting periods vary by crop and by area.
Additional Information and National Fact Sheets
- Prevented Planting: First and Second Crop Rules (Jul 2008)
- Prevented Planting Insurance Provisions - Drought (Apr 2016)
- Prevented Planting Insurance Provisions - Flood (Jun 2019)
- USDA Announces $4.2 Billion in Payments to Producers for Prevented Planting (Oct 2019)
- Common Crop Insurance Policy, Basic Provisions
- Crop Insurance Handbook (Nov 2019)
- 2020 General Standards Handbook (Nov 2019)
- Prevented Planting Standards Handbook (Nov 2019)
Evaluation of Prevented Planting Coverage
- FAQ - Prevented Planting and Alfalfa/Forage (2019 Only) (Jun 2019)
- FAQ - Prevented Planting Disaster Payments (Sep 2019)
- FAQ - Prevented Planting Flooding (Jul 2019)
- FAQ - Prevented Planting Coverage Factor Changes for 2019 (Dec 3, 2018)
- Establishment of Prevented Planting Coverage Factors for the Federal Crop Insurance Program (Dec 3, 2018)
- Evaluation of Prevented Planting Coverage - Comment Period Extended
- Evaluation of Prevented Planting Program (Jan 30, 2015)
- Evaluation of Prevented Planting Program Methodology (Jan 30, 2015)
Farmers.gov has additional USDA resources available at farmers.gov/prevented-planting.
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