Dealing with Extreme Weather

Wet Spring

Prevent plant and other farm program and crop insurance decisions

Please see this video and fact sheet for information on options for prevent plan.  It is recommended that farmers contact their crop insurance agent with individual policy questions.

Do crop insurance rules allow corn and soybeans to be used as a cover crop on prevent plant ground?  Please note that 2019 FEEDD act allows farmers to take a cover crop planted on prevent plant ground as a forage starting September 1 (instead of Nov 1) – see above linked crop insurance article for additional info.

UW-Extension specialists, Shawn Conley and Joe Lauer, wrote a letter for crop insurance agents confirming corn and soybeans can be used as cover crops and agronomic recommendations


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Wisconsin Cover Crop Recommendations for Prevent Plant

Agronomic recommendations for using Soybeans as a cover crop in Wisconsin

Agronomic recommendations for using Corn as a cover crop in Wisconsin

Forage options following alfalfa winterkill

Forage Options Follow Prevented Plant Corn and Soybeans

Several articles on alternative and emergency forages

A quick reference guide for forage decisions from Richard Halopka, Clark County Ag Educator:

Date Options Comments
June 1 Corn silage, small grains/peas under-seeded, soybean Corn silage will provide greatest DM tons/acre
July 1 Corn silage, soybean, sorghum/sudan hybrid, millets BMR sorghum/sudan provides better quality, crop requires warm temperatures
August 1 August is a good month to seed small grains for emergency forage, fall brassicas Adequate GDD to produce a few tons DM with small grains and brassicas
September 1 Fall seeded winter small grains, if planting following corn silage harvest Review herbicide labels, may not be legal to use as a spring forage
October 1 Cover crops or for spring forage Roots help soil life and capture excessive nutrients protect soil, review herbicide labels

Crop planting decisions

Planting Corn in June and July- What can you expect?

Corn replant/late plant decisions in Wisconsin

Blog posts regarding late-planted soybeans from state Soybean Specialist, Shawn Conley

Management decisions

It rained again, what to do about nitrogen

Evaluating the need for rescue N treatments

Winter wheat disease management



Flooding Impacts and Corn Growth and Yield
Assessing Flood Damage to Soybean



Late Spring Frost

Frost Impact on Corn at Early Growth Stages
Frost on Corn
Frost Damage and Crop Insurance Replant Provisions for WI Farmers





Drought Stress Reduces Corn Silage Yield More Than Quality
Concerns about Drought as Corn Pollination Begins
The Effects of Drought and Poor Corn Pollination
What Worked, What Didn’t Work During the Drought of 1988?
Pricing Drought Stressed Corn Silage
Corn Management Decisions During Drought Depend Upon Pollination Success
What Happens Within the Corn Plant When Drought Occurs?
Drought Stress in Soybean
The Feeding Value and Pricing of Drought-Stress Full-Fat Soybeans




Options for Hail Damaged Corn Assessed as a Total Loss
Estimating Yield Loss in Hail Damaged Soybean
Use of Fungicides on Hail Damaged Crops



Early Fall Frost

Will Corn Mature in 2009
2009 Harvest, Storage, and Feeding Considerations
Combine Considerations for a Wet Corn Harvest
Weigh the Risk of Leaving Corn Stand Through Winter
Early Frost Effects on Soybeans


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