Rain is a good thing, especially in August. The outlook for spring and summer crops has brightened with the rain received earlier in the week.
The yield potential for cotton, grain sorghum and hay crops is exciting.
The Cotton Ginning Cost Share or CGCS application period ended Aug. 5. The percentage of approved applications for Jackson County producers was near 100 percent. CGCS payment processing should begin again very soon. Payments were issued to producers based on their share interest in any planted acres of 2015 cotton at $36.97 per acre. The CGCS payments were approved to assist in offsetting some of the cost of ginning cotton during the 2015 crop year.
The 2016 Agricultural Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage or ARCPLC enrollment period ended Aug. 1. Producers who were unable to enroll the farm by the Aug. 1 deadline can contact the Jackson County Farm Service Agency office for more information about a late-filed enrollment. All producers who have risk in producing a crop on base acres (historical planted acres) or would have shared if a crop could have been produced shall share in the base acres on a farm.
So, a producer who plants a crop on a farm with base acres should expect to receive a share on the farm based on the risk or share interest in the crop. If a crop was planted on a farm but no share is indicated on the ARCPLC contract, the contract may not be approved for payment unless the farm has generic base only (formerly cotton base acreage).
The FSA County Committee will review all enrolled contracts for approval of the shares designated by the producers on the farm. The PLC final payment rate for 2015 wheat has been announced at $0.61 per bushel and will be issued in October 2016. The payment can be calculated by multiplying the wheat base on the farm X 85 percent X FSA yield on the farm X producer share X $0.61 X the 2015 sequestration rate for USDA payments (7.3 percent).
There will be more discussion about the ARCPLC program in the coming weeks and any questions or comments on this column would be appreciated.
Producers with grazing crops are reminded that FSA offers grazing loss protection through the Non-insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program or NAP. The NAP provides 50 percent coverage against grazing losses for wheat and other small grains pasture as well as cool season and warm season grasses and mixed forages. NAP also provides protection for other non-insurable crops such as alfalfa, clover, sudan, millet, mungbeans, fruits and vegetables, Christmas trees, and most nursery crops raised in a controlled environment. The cost is only $250 per crop up to a maximum of $750 per county ($1,875 maximum per producer for multicounty producers). Beginning farmers and ranchers, limited resource producers, and underserved producers can obtain coverage at no cost. Buy-up protection is also available for most crops except for grazing crops.
Contact the FSA office by Aug. 31 for more information on the NAP program.
Aug. 31 – deadline to purchase NAP loss coverage for 2017 small grains, mixed forages, alfalfa, cool season grasses, and other fall non-insurable crops.
Nov. 15 – final date to report all grass acreage (for forage or grazing).
Jan. 15, 2017 – final date to report all small grain acreage.
Josefy seeks feedback and welcomes suggestions regarding information on programs or benefits of interest.
For more information about FSA programs or eligibility for benefits, contact the Altus FSA office at 580-482-4312, ext. 2.
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