Prevented Plant

What Comes Next?

Prevented planting should not be a lost opportunity to plant a cash crop, but rather the perfect opportunity to explore options that may not have been present in other planting years.  Here are a few ways steps to capitalize on a prevented planting situation and strengthen your farming operation.

Don’t Go Fallow

Like your best horse, your fields like to work.  Despite always being up for the challenge, delivering crops season after season, it may be time to give your ground a break.  Resting soil does not mean not planting anything, but slightly changing the type of work, it is tasked to do.  Just like when people do a repetitive task over and over, a simple change in crop species can be all that’s needed to rejuvenate and reinvigorate.  We, of course, suggest planting cover crops to avoid Fallow Syndrome and strengthen subsequent plantings/yields.

About Fallow Syndrome

Fallow Syndrome is the result of vesicular-arbuscular mycorrhizae fungi population declines.  These fungi have a symbiotic relationship with the roots of your crops to assist in nutrient uptakes, including Phosphorus and Zinc, to name two.  Corn is just one of many crops dependent on this symbiotic relationship.

Occurrence of Fallow Syndrome

Fallow Syndrome symptoms are observed to be more pronounced in seasons with colder, wet conditions.

Avoidance of Fallow Syndrome

Conduct a soil test at the start and end of a prevented plant in to get an idea of the effects if a field is left fallow.  Phosphorus is a notably vital nutrient in determining the presence of fallow syndrome symptoms.  The levels of phosphorus can also assist in making cover crop species decisions on sequestering phosphorus for subsequent crops.  Fields suffering Fallow Syndrome have no proven corrective recommendations and gives a further reason not to go fallow even when a prevented plant situation occurs.  Fallow Syndrome symptoms and effects can show up for up to two years after leaving the ground fallow.

Contact Your Crop Insurance Agent

Your insurance agent will be able to tell you what is and isn’t possible within the limits of your policy.  Dates that you can plant an alternative crop, how it might affect your yield history, and how it might affect any insurance payments are all items of concern that your crop insurance agent is best suited to assist you with.

Contact Your Local Bio Till Cover Crop Expert

Your Bio Till Cover Crop Expert will be able to help you select an alternative crop to plant that will work with your farming operation.  Even though a cover crop isn’t a cash crop doesn’t mean that it’s not a crop requiring some of the same considerations a cash crop requires for maximizing contributions to the soil health of prevented planted acres.  Herbicides utilized in previous plantings along with plans for subsequent crops will affect the number of successful options available to your operation.

Ron Althoff
Ron AlthoffBio Till Cover Crop Expert
TJ Kartes
TJ KartesBio Till Cover Crop Expert
Wade Culver
Wade CulverBio Till Cover Crop Expert
Brian Wieland
Brian WielandBio Till Cover Crop Expert


Multi-species cover corp mixtures present a holistic approach to enhancing the soils on a farming operation and should be used instead of a single species planting whenever possible.