Texas AgriLife Extension and Research scientists offered several updates this week for forage and grain producers, including information on forage insurance, triticale trials and release of a new white clover variety.

Forage insurance

DeDe Jones, AgriLife Extension risk management specialist in Amarillo, reminds livestock producers that signup deadline for the Rainfall Index—Annual Forage Insurance plan (RI-AF) is July 15 for the fall growing season – Sept. 1, 2014 through March 31, 2015, and Dec. 15 for the spring season – March 1 through Sept. 30, 2015. All premium payments are due by Aug. 30, 2015.

Even though recent rainfall has improved forage conditions, Jones said producers still may want to add “a layer of protection against drought” for annual forage crops.

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The Rainfall Index – Annual Forage Insurance plan, referred to as RI-AF, is a risk policy designed to provide livestock producers the ability to buy protection against losses due to a lack of moisture, Jones said.