Throughout parts of Illinois, Diplodia Ear Rot has reared its ugly head. There are many contributing factors that can cause Diplodia, but at the end of the day it can hurt your bottom line when you factor in the effects. Diplodia is not a toxin that is covered with Multi-Peril Crop Insurance. However, the results of Diplodia – low test weight and kernel damage – are covered to some extent.
There is a discount schedule that assigns discount factors as the direct result of low test weight and/or kernel damage. Discount factors apply when test weight is below 49 lbs./bushel and/or kernel damage above 10%. These discount factors will be applied directly to your production and if production is discounted enough, a loss could be triggered. [Read more…]