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Published August 04, 2014, 09:40 AM

State FSA offices still working on prevented-planting

State offices of the Farm Service Agency are still trying to estimate the number of 2014 prevented-planting acres in North Dakota, Minnesota, South Dakota and Montana.

By: Jonathan Knutson, Agweek

State offices of the Farm Service Agency are still trying to estimate the number of 2014 prevented-planting acres in North Dakota, Minnesota, South Dakota and Montana.

Estimates for at least several of the states might not be available until fall.

The cool, wet spring hampered planting this year. It also caused the deadline for reporting prevented-planting to be extended to July 15, which delays coming up with an estimate, FSA officials tell Agweek.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, of which the FSA is an arm, requires farmers who request prevented-planting credit to report the applicable acreage within 15 calendar days after the final planting date for the crop. Final planting dates vary by crop, but typically they’re all well before July 15.

Some farmers contacted their county FSA office before this year’s July 15 deadline, but not all offices have had time yet to assemble information from those producers. That further slows efforts to estimate prevented-planting acreage, FSA officials say.

As of July 12, Minnesota had an estimated 539,847 prevented-planting acres, says Lauie Moss, FSA’s chief program specialist for the state.

But the final number almost certainly will be much higher, she says.

Last year, Minnesota farmers reported 902,642 prevented-planting acres.

North Dakota led the nation with 2.8 million prevented-planting acres in 2013. The state had a large amount of prevented-planting again this year; North Dakota FSA official hope to have an acreage estimate by early August.

South Dakota farmers reported 187,503 prevented-planting acres in 2013. Through July 12 of this year, 132,000 acres had been reported in the state. South Dakota FSA officials say they’re uncertain whether this year’s figure will be higher than a year ago.

Montana farmers had 151,286 prevented- planting acres in 2013. An estimate of 2014 acreage isn’t expected until fall.

But Montana FSA officials say prevented-planting this spring was less of a problem in their state than it was in the Dakotas.

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