Projected 2020 Price Loss Coverage Payment Rates

Drought stressed wheat. Photo: Kay Ledbetter, Texas AgriLife Extension

In USDA’s September update of 2020 PLC Payment Rates, wheat, peanuts, seed cotton, long-grain rice, and southern medium-grain rice are projected to receive PLC payments.

USDA’s Price Loss Coverage (PLC) program is a commodity support program that makes deficiency payments when the marketing year average price for a covered commodity falls below a statutory reference price. PLC payments are made on a farm’s historic average yields and 85% of commodity-specific base acres.

The final 2020 marketing year average prices and final payment rates for wheat and peanuts have been announced by FSA.   USDA will announce the final 2020 marketing year average price for seed cotton on September 30th and long-grain and southern medium-grain rice on October 29th. 

The far-right column in the table below provides final and projected 2020 PLC payment rates for selected commodities.  Higher average farm prices for the 2020 crop are expected to reduce PLC payments from the previous year for all major row crops.

In the case of corn, grain sorghum, and soybeans, no PLC payments for the 2020 crop are projected.  Lower payment rates for the 2020 crop year are expected for wheat, rice, seed cotton, and peanuts.

Price Loss Coverage (PLC) Payment Rates for Select Commodities, 2014 – 2020. Click Image to Enlarge

F – Final payment rate, P – Projected payment rate

Source: USDA, Farm Service Agency.




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