Yesterday dad signed up 40 acres into filter strips and pollinator CRP for about $325 ac. They said at FSA that there is only a few thousand acres left out of 24 million nation wide. My question is I keep hearing the total acres for corn, beans and wheat aren't going down. A lot of the CRP is just re enrolled but there are new acres. I am sure some has been tore up for this year but I can't think it's that much with the rate where they are. Just wondering if we are getting the full story?
There has been alot of interest in going in the CRP locally, but I think it was capped out awhile ago. They probably do have room for some primo acres for filter strips and waterways. I think the increase in acres talk is the assumption that last year`s prevent plant acres will come on line this year.
You are probably right. I hadn't thought about it that way.
USDA Acreage Surveys are coming in the mail.
During the first two weeks of March, selected farmers in Iowa will receive the March 1 Agricultural Survey from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). NASS is taking a comprehensive look into the planting intentions for the upcoming 2016 growing season, as well as collecting information about grains and oilseeds stored on farms.
“Each year, the agriculture industry eagerly awaits USDA’s Prospective Plantings report, which provides USDA’s first survey-based estimates of farmers’ planting intentions for the year,” said NASS’ Upper Midwest Regional Director Greg Thessen. “The March Agricultural Survey provides the factual data that underpins these projections, making it one of the most important surveys we conduct each year.”
NASS will mail the survey in late February, asking producers to provide information about the types of crops they intend to plant in 2016, how many acres they intend to plant, and the amount of grain and oilseeds they store on their farms. NASS encourages producers to respond online or by mail. Those producers who do not respond by the deadline may be contacted for a telephone or personal interview.
NASS will compile and analyze the survey information and publish the results in the annual Prospective Plantings report and quarterly Grain Stocks report, both to be released on March 31, 2016.