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June' 2013

Focus Shifts To Soybean Planting

The cool, wet weather conditions continued during the week of June 3-9 across the areas of Southern Minnesota and Northern Iowa, which have been hardest hit with delayed corn and soybean planting in 2013. There was some limited corn and soybean planting completed in wettest areas of Southeast Minnesota and Northeast Iowa, while planting progress was more prevalent in South Central and Southwest Minnesota, and adjoining areas of Iowa. Most of the planting focus has now switched from unplanted corn acres to the unplanted soybean acres. [ read more ... ]


Prevented Planting Options

It’s hard to believe that a mere two to three months ago we were still talking about continued drought in much of the Upper Midwest. Now, in some areas of Southern Minnesota and Northern Iowa wet field conditions and delayed crop planting has become so severe that producers are considering not planting a portion of their crops in 2013. As of June 1, thousands of intended corn acres are still unplanted in the Southeast quarter of Minnesota, and adjoining areas of Northern Iowa and Western Wisconsin. Very few soybeans have been planted in this region as well, and a significant amount of soybeans also still remain to be planted in many other areas of the Upper Midwest. Producers in the affected areas are now evaluating their crop insurance options for late or prevented planting coverage. [ read more ... ]


General CRP Sign-Up

A General Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) sign-up is currently occurring at local Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices throughout the United States. The General CRP sign-up period will run from May 20 through June 14. General CRP sign-ups were also held in 2012 when 3.6 million acres were accepted into CRP, in 2011 with 3.75 million acres were accepted into CRP, and in 2010 when about 4.2 million acres were accepted into CRP. CRP was originally established in the 1985 Farm Bill, and today has over 700,000 CRP contracts on over 390,000 farms, with just under 27.0 million acres under some-type of CRP contracts. [ read more ... ]