Farm owners have a one-time opportunity to update Price Loss Coverage yields of covered commodities on the farm, regardless of Agriculture Risk Coverage and PLC program election. The deadline to request a PLC yield update is Sept. 30.  
    The updated yield will be equal to 90% of the average yield per planted acre in crop years 2013-17 (excluding any year where the applicable covered commodity was not planted), subject to the ratio obtained by dividing the 2008-12 average national yield by the 2013-17 average national yield for the covered commodity. If the reported yield in any year is less than 75% of the 2013-17 average county yield, then the yield will be substituted with 75% of the county average yield.
    The chart below provides the ratio obtained by dividing the 2008-12 average national yield by the 2013-17 average national yield for each covered commodity.
    It is the owner’s choice whether to update or keep existing PLC yields. If a yield update is not made, then no action is required to maintain the existing PLC yield. An existing or updated PLC yield will be maintained and effective for crop years 2020-23 (life of the 2018 farm bill).
    PLC yields may be updated on a covered commodity-by-covered commodity basis using FSA form CCC-867.  

Commodity    National Yield Factor
Barley            0.9437
Canola            0.9643
Corn            0.9000
Crambe            1.0000
Flaxseed        1.0000
Grain Sorghum        0.9077
Lentil            1.0000
Mustard Seed        0.9460
Oat                0.9524
Dry Pea            0.9988
Rapeseed        1.0000
Safflower        1.0000
Sesame Seed        0.9673
Soybean        0.9000
Sunflower Seed        0.9396
Wheat            0.9545

    
    Shannon Olson, county operations trainee contributed to this article. Farm Service Agency is an Equal Opportunity Lender. Complaints about discrimination should be sent to: Secretary of Agriculture, Washington, D.C. 20250. Visit the Farm Service Agency Web site at: www.fsa.usda.gov/ for necessary application forms and updates on USDA programs.