By John Dobberstein, Managing Editor

Are crop-insurance rules discouraging you from using cover crops on your farm?

If so, the National Wildlife Federation would like to hear from you.

The national organization is currently taking an anonymous survey of farmers in an effort to better understand the impacts of recent changes to crop insurance, and how the Risk Management Agency and crop insurance companies are handling the cover-crop issue.

No personal or identifiable information will be collected. Your answers will help improve crop insurance rules on cover crops, as well as how crop insurance companies approach this growing agronomic practice.

To fill out this survey, go to: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/5YCB7L5. If you don’t see your state listed on the first couple of pages, type your home state in the “Other” box.

Based on preliminary results, crop-insurance concerns appear to be the biggest reason that farmers are holding back from using covers, says Ryan Stockwell, senior ag program manager for the NWF.

“Also, a majority of farmers so far have indicated they would be somewhat likely, or likely, to switch crop insurers if another insurer offered better service on cover crops, such as having knowledge of covers and related policies and rules,” Stockwell says.