2015 Corn And Soybeans Trend-Adjustments Released For Trend-Adjusted APH Crop Insurance Revenue and

Updated: Jul 9, 2020


Tractor mowing a field (Photo by Edwin Remsberg).
Tractor mowing a field (Photo by Edwin Remsberg).

I post about law a lot, but another portion of my job is to work with Howard Leathers on our crop insurance education partnership program with USDA’s Risk Management Agency and the Maryland Department of Agriculture. Back in August, we released an updated version of the Trend Adjusted Yield Crop Insurance Option fact sheet, reflecting the 2015 crop year trend-adjustment (TA) factors for wheat. RMA has recently updated the soybean and corn TA factors, which remained the same as the 2014 crop year TA factors. The 2015 crop year TA factors for Maryland counties for corn and soybeans can be found in table 1.


Table 1: 2015 Irrigated and non-irrigated corn, soybean trend adjustment rates in Maryland
Table 1: 2015 Irrigated and non-irrigated corn, soybean trend adjustment rates in Maryland

As a quick background, the trend-adjusted yield endorsement allows a producer to adjust the APH yields to account for better genetics or farming techniques. These yield adjustments are based on historical county-level yield data from USDA’s National Agricultural Statistic Service. The adjustments also include trend controls for weather and spatial considerations. Coverage for qualifying producers who select the TA option will add the county-level trend to their individual APH. The TA endorsement has been available in Maryland since 2013.

To be eligible for TA yields, a corn, soybean, or wheat producer needs to farm in an eligible county. Currently all Maryland counties have a TA yield for corn, and all counties but Allegany and Garrett have a TA yield for soybeans. For wheat, Baltimore, Caroline, Carroll, and Cecil, Dorchester, Frederick, Harford, Howard, Kent, Montgomery, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, Talbot, Washington, and Worcester counties currently have approved TA yields.