With flooded fields drying out in many parts of the Midwest, many producers will seek a backup plan. South Dakota State University specialists Sara Bauder David Karki, Anthony Bly and Warren Rusche point out that annual forages often work well within the crop insurance system. Species or mixes that will work will vary by each situation. It depends on the production environment, goals and soil types.

Key considerations include your planned crop rotation and the haying/chopping and grazing restrictions of herbicides previously applied. Factor in the herbicides applied the previous year. Check with your insurance agent and FSA representative on all details regarding seeding your cover crop or forage crop.

Make sure you set an objective. Cover crops can be helpful for livestock feed, soil health, weed suppression, nutrient capture, soil moisture management or grazing.

Read more about options for flooded farm grounds here.