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Understanding the Effect of Cover Crop Use on Prevented Planting Losses

AAEA members release new research in AJAE

A new study helps to substantiate the anecdotal observations of 2019 that fields where cover crops have been historically adopted were typically not prevented from being planted to cash crops, despite the excessively wet conditions that particular spring planting season. “Prevented planting resilience benefit” of cover crops is an additional “benefit” that help justify Federal conservation payment programs (e.g., like the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)) encouraging adoption of this climate smart soil health practice.

In the new article “Understanding the Effect of Cover Crop Use on Prevented Planting Losses” published in the AJAE, the authors Sunjae Won of Auburn University, Roderick Rejesus and Barry Goodwin of North Carolina State University and Serkan Aglasan from Mehmet Akif Ersoy University and the University of Arizona, find out if cover crops help to reduce prevented planting losses in US crop production.

The authors say, “Our findings suggest that counties with higher cover crop adoption rates tend to have lower levels of crop insurance losses due to prevented planting. The resulting reduction in prevented planting risk also becomes larger with longer-term multi-year cover crop use. These results support the notion that cover crops improve soil conditions such that the likelihood and magnitude of prevented planting losses decrease.”

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ABOUT AAEA: Established in 1910, the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA) is the leading professional association for agricultural and applied economists, with 2,500 members in more than 60 countries. Members of the AAEA work in academic or government institutions as well as in industry and not-for-profit organizations, and engage in a variety of research, teaching, and outreach activities in the areas of agriculture, the environment, food, health, and international development. The AAEA publishes three journals, the Journal of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (an open access journal), the American Journal of Agricultural Economics and Applied Economic Perspectives & Policy, as well as the online magazine Choices and the online open access publication series Applied Economics Teaching Resources. To learn more, visit

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