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Proposed RMA Rotation Statement Change Informational Bulletin for All Dry Pea Types and Lentils
Sunday, April 1, 2018
The Risk Management Agency (RMA) planned to replace the current dry pea type (Smooth Green or Yellow, Forage Feed Peas for Seed, Austrian Peas) and lentil rotation statements with a new combined dry pea type (Smooth Green or Yellow, Forage Feed Peas for Seed, Austrian Peas) and Lentil rotation statement for the 2018 crop year. However, RMA was recently advised that some growers were unaware of the new statements more restrictive requirements and have already applied herbicide for planting dry peas or lentils for the 2018 crop year. Adding the new rotation statement in 2018 would cause growers planning to grow dry peas or lentils to have an uninsurable crop, have added costs for applying fall herbicides, and/or prevent them from possibly planting a different crop other than dry peas or lentils in the 2018 crop year. Therefore, the Billings Regional Office is planning to delay implementation of the new dry pea and lentil rotation statement until the 2019 crop year.
The current rotation statement is a 3-year rotation for a dry pea type following a dry pea type or lentils following lentils. For example: wheat/pea/wheat/wheat/pea or wheat/lentil/wheat/wheat/lentil. The current rotation statement also allows a grower to have the following rotation: wheat/pea/wheat/lentil/wheat or wheat/lentil/wheat /pea/wheat.
The new statement language applies to both dry pea types and lentils. The statement revision is based on Montana State University (MSU) and North Dakota State University (NDSU) plant pathologist recommendations and was concurred on by the Northern Pulse Growers Association. In short, the new statement is a 3-year rotation that would require a grower to be out of both a dry pea type and lentils for at least 2 consecutive crop years after planting before they can plant a dry pea type or lentil again. The new proposed statement is shown below:
Insurance will not attach to any acreage on which field peas (Austrian Peas, Forage/Feed Peas for Seed, Marrowfat Peas, and/or Smooth Green or Yellow Peas) or lentils were planted in either of the previous two (2) crop years or on which chickpeas or Fava/Faba beans were planted in the previous crop year. Chickpeas and Fava/Faba beans that were planted and then all plant growth is terminated by chemical or mechanical means prior to June 15, will not be considered planted for rotational purposes only. The insured is responsible to provide proof of insurability. This statement applies to field peas, lentils, chickpeas, and Fava/Faba beans grown either as a grain, cover crop, or in a cover crop mixture.
The Short Version: 2-years out after planting peas or lentils and 1-year out if chickpeas or Fava/Faba beans were planted in the previous year. Applies to peas, lentils, chickpeas, and Fava/Faba beans in cover crop mixes.
If you would like to comment or have concerns about RMA’s proposed new dry pea and lentil rotation statement, please send an email to
by May 1, 2018.
If the proposed new statement goes into effect for the 2019 crop year, news releases and alerts will be timely posted prior to implementation through agriculture communication channels to prepare growers for the change.
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