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US asks farmers: Can you plant 2 crops instead of 1?


Last updated 8/31/2022 at 8:10am

AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh

Jeff O'Connor checks soybeans at his farm in Kankakee, Ill., Aug. 4. A U.S. Department of Agriculture move to change crop insurance rules to encourage farmers to grow two crops in a single year instead of one. Usually this means planting winter wheat in the fall, harvesting in May or June and then planting soybeans. The USDA is making it easier to obtain insurance, lessening the risk to farmers who make this choice.

Scott McFetridge

Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa - There is only so much farmland in the United States, so when Russia's invasion of Ukraine last spring prompted worries that people would go hungry as wheat remained stuck in blockaded ports, there was little U.S. farmers could do to meet the new demand.

But that may be changing.

Earlier this summer, the U.S. Department of Agriculture instituted new policies to encourage American farmers to begin growing two crops on one piece of land, one after the other, a practice known as double-cropping. By changing insurance rules to lessen the r...

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