Angus cattle eating in fieldA pair of farm-state senators introduced a bill on Tuesday to provide farmers and ranchers the ability to utilize cover crop acres to help with any feed shortages without impacting Annual Production Histories (APH) for crop insurance purposes. Similar action was taken in 2019 when flooding created 20 million acres in prevented-planting claims. An emergency waiver would authorize USDA to allow haying, grazing or chopping cover crops on prevented plant acres without affecting crop insurance indemnities. It could be a useful tool in the coming months as drought continues to cause angst about crop potential this year in places like North Dakota, where it’s the driest it’s been “in the past 40 years,” one meteorologist said this week. See more on the bill.