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Published May 22, 2014, 01:40 PM

RMA declines requests for planting deadline extension

The Risk Management Agency has declined requests from Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., the ranking Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee, and U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp to delay the planting date for corn, grain and silage from May 25 to May 31.

By: Mikkel Pates, Agweek

FARGO, N.D. — The Risk Management Agency has declined requests from Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., the ranking Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee, and U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp to delay the planting date for corn, grain and silage from May 25 to May 31.

Peterson said only 53 percent of farmers in Minnesota have planted their corn, but fewer have planted in northwest parts of his district.

“My growers would rather produce a crop than collect a prevented-planting claim,” Peterson said. “Moving the dates back would give them that opportunity, while lowering indemnities paid out due to prevented planting.”

Prevent-plant coverage is offered only when a farmer has planted a crop in one of the past four years. Wet planting years in 2011 and 2013 could have left some farmers ineligible for prevent-plant coverage. The prevent-plant coverage guarantee is 60 percent of the approved yield, multiplied by price, times the coverage level. Revenue policy spring price guarantees were $4.62 per bushel for corn $11.36 per bushel for soybeans. Those who plant late might qualify for a fall harvest price adjustment if fall prices are higher than the spring guarantees.

Here are planting dates for other crops:

•Corn: Final planting dates for full coverage started May 20 in Montana, and May 25 for nonirrigated corn in northern North Dakota and South Dakota. Minnesota final dates for grain corn start at May 25 in the north and go to May 31 in the central portion of the state and south into Iowa.

For complete details, visit www.rma.usda.gov/fields/mt_rso/2014/final/corn.pdf and www.rma.usda.gov/fields/mn_rso/2014/final/corn.pdf

•Canola: June 5 for northern and northeast North Dakota (Grand Forks to Burke counties), May 25 for the next tier of counties (Traill to Williams). The dates were May 20 for southeast North Dakota and May 15 for central North Dakota and Montana. Deadline is June 5 for all covered Minnesota counties, from Pope and Traverse counties northward.

For complete details, visit www.rma.usda.gov/fields/mt_rso/2014/final/Canola.pdf and www.rma.usda.gov/fields/mn_rso/2014/final/canola.pdf

•Spring wheat: Deadline is June 5 in northern North Dakota and some extreme northeast Montana and northwest Minnesota counties, and May 31 for the southern two-thirds of North Dakota and central Minnesota (Wilkin to Norman counties and east to Pine).

For complete details, visit www.rma.usda.gov/fields/mt_rso/2014/final/wheat.pdf and www.rma.usda.gov/fields/mn_rso/2014/final/wheat.pdf

•Sunflowers: Final planting dates for full coverage start at June 5 for the northern two tiers of counties in North Dakota, June 10 for Montana and the southern two-thirds of North Dakota and all of Minnesota. The deadline is June 15 for northern and western South Dakota, and June 20 for southern South Dakota.

For complete details, visit www.rma.usda.gov/fields/mt_rso/2014/final/sunflower.pdf

and www.rma.usda.gov/fields/mn_rso/2014/final/sunflower.pdf

•Soybeans: Deadline for full coverage is June 10 in much of eastern and the central Dakotas and all of Minnesota, shifting to June 15 in Iowa.

For complete details, visit www.rma.usda.gov/fields/mt_rso/2014/final/soybeans.pdf and www.rma.usda.gov/fields/mn_rso/2014/final/soybeans.pdf

•Potatoes: June 10 for the eastern two-thirds of North Dakota and western Montana, and May 31 for northeast and central South Dakota counties. The deadline is June 10 in the Red River Valley and much of northwest Minnesota, and May 31 for Becker County and other southern areas.

For complete details, visit www.rma.usda.gov/fields/mt_rso/2014/final/potato.pdf and www.rma.usda.gov/fields/mn_rso/2014/final/potatoes.pdf

•Dry beans: Deadline is June 10 for covered counties in North Dakota and South Dakota and Minnesota, and June 5 in Montana.

For complete details, visit www.rma.usda.gov/fields/mt_rso/2014/final/dry_beans.pdf and www.rma.usda.gov/fields/mn_rso/2014/final/drybeans.pdf