Getting more serious about the prevent plant conversation

Are your fields too wet to plant? Do you have standing water in your fields? Do you feel you are way behind in fieldwork? Wondering how crop insurance will work if you can’t get a crop in the ground? Then maybe you should consider attending a Delayed Planting Meeting put on by Emmet and Kossuth County Extension Offices.

Emmet and Kossuth counties are holding Delayed Planting workshops to help farmer’s understand their options with all this rain that we have had and very few crops planted. These workshops will take place on Wednesday, May 29th. Topics covered will include effects crop variety, maturity, re-planting, questions related to crop insurance and FSA policies.

Details for the workshop times and locations are:

·        9:30 am at Water’s Edge Nature Center 1010 250th St. Algona

·        1:30 pm Bancroft Summit Center 304 S. Summit St. Bancroft

·        5:30 pm VFW 314 S 1st St. Estherville

Presenting at the workshop will be Paul Kassel, Field Agronomist for ISU Extension and Outreach, Kelvin Leibold, Farm Management Specialist, Nicole Tift Crop Insurance Agent with Cornerstone Insurance, and Angie Christian, Kossuth County Executive Director at Farm Service Agency, at Lisa Forburger, Emmet County Executive Director-Farm Service Agency.

Please pre-register for these meetings so we can have enough supplies and refreshments. To register for the Algona or Bancroft workshop contact Meredith Nelson 515-295-2469 ext. 2 or e-mail her here. To register for the Estherville workshop contact Britney Rosburg 712-362-3434 or email her here. Workshops are free for participants to attend.

In the meantime, take some time to look over this spreadsheet providing an Output from Planting Decision Model from our friends at the University of Illinois. It allows you to compare net returns of planting the 2019 crop delayed versus taking prevented planting. These are two very different things with very different financial implications. If a crop is planted, then it's not prevented but perhaps delayed, resulting in a loss of 1% revenue guarantee each day after the final planting dates of May 31st for corn and June 15th for soybeans in Iowa. These dates vary slightly across the Corn Belt.

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