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The prevent plant acres in 2019 will likely be unprecedented according to USDA Under Seretary for Farm Production and Conservation Bill Northey. “We have seen over the last 10 years or so anywhere between 2 and up to 10 million acres that have had prevent plan, either through the reporting at FSA or through RMA claims as well,” Northey said. “I would think we’d be at least towards the high end of what the previous range was. And as we look at what we were going into this year, up until the last few weeks, we have been worse than anything we’ve seen in the last 10 years. So it would not be out of line to suggest they could easily exceed that high range.” The Farm Service Agency (FSA) and RMA have also harmonized some filing requirements to streamline prevent plan paperwork. “As long as the producer timely files their prevented planting claim with the Risk Management Agency, FSA will accept that as being timely filed for acreage reporting purposed up until the FSA final acreage reporting date of July 15,” FSA Associate Administrator Steve Peterson explained. “So for insured producers, as long as they’re meeting their RMA requirements, they can come in up to July 15 and report their prevented planting and FSA will consider that as being timely filed.” Crops eligible for a 2019 MFP payment include alfalfa hay, barley, canola, corn, crambe, dry peas, extra-long staple cotton, flaxseed, lentils, long grain and medium grain rice, millet, mustard seed, dried beans, oats, peanuts, rapeseed, rye, safflower, sesame seed, small and large chickpeas, sorghum, soybeans, sunflower seed, temperate japonica rice, triticale, upland cotton, and wheat. According to USDA, corn and soybeans can be planted as cover crops but can not be harvested for grain if a prevent plant claim has been filed.