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TODAYcrop insurance 2011 Research Review By Dr. Mark Zarnstorff, NCIS Each year NCIS sponsors research projects on a variety of crops. The purpose of the research varies, but it could be to study new crops or changes in crop varieties/practices, to verify accuracy of loss charts and procedures, or develop improved loss instructions. All research projects are conducted for a period of at least three years. If, for some reason, results are not obtained for one or more years, the research project can be extended. University experiment stations and agricultural colleges conduct the research, often at more than one location across the United States. The results of the 2011 research program are summarized below. It is important that these results are not used exclusively, but combined with the results from previous years’ research and any subsequent research. Soybeans V2 stage. growth rates and plant vigor compared with the hybrid varieties grown currently. This trial was done at two locations just out of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan during the 2011 growing season. The treatments were based on different leaf stages of 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10 full leaves with defoliation levels of 0, 50, and 100 percent. The response to the defoliation treatments are below: Corn–Kansas This is the last year of the corn research project that is focused on the effect of stand reduction and the accuracy of the use of the one-for-one factor in stand reductions occurring after the 11-leaf stage. The treatments are stand reductions of 0, 25, 50, and 75 percent being applied at the 7, 10, 13, and 17-leaf stages. The experiment was done under irrigation at an elevation of 2800 ft at Garden City, Kansas. The response to the stand reduction treatments are below: Canola–Saskatchewan This research was done to reexamine the influence of defoliation during the early stages of hybrid canola growth and development. The original research was done in the early 1980s on open pollinated varieties that have very different 16 AUGUST 2012 Loss Defoliation 2 Leaf 4 Leaf 6 Leaf 8 Leaf 10 Leaf 50% 0% 12% 6% 4 3 100% 5% 24% 28% 28% 28% Loss Leaf Stage 25% Stand Loss 50% Stand Loss 75% Stand Loss 7 leaf 19% 3% 46% 10 leaf 13 leaf 17 leaf 9% 6% 23% 23% 17% 28% 53% 52% 68%

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Crop Insurance Today August 2012

“What is, and What Should Never Be....”
Developing Risk Management Plans
Crop Insurance Rate of Return: Issues & Concerns
2011 Research Review
RMA/AIP Data Mining Steering Committee
NCIS Adjuster Training in Full Swing
Industry Support of FFA
Crop Insurance & Specialty Crops

Crop Insurance Today August 2012