The Farm Service Agency has announced it is giving farmers and landowners until April 13th to submit offers for the Conservation Reserve Program. This is a week extension from the original April 6th deadline. Juan Garcia with the Farm Service Agency says in some cases, things like a signup are extended because not enough people have come in to sign up, but Garcia says the opposite is true with CRP.
Garcia says it could be sometime mid to late May before USDA will decide what offers to accept and notify farmers about that. Contracts would take effect October 1st.
North Dakota has the largest number of acres covered by expiring CRP contracts with year, with slightly over 838,000 acres eligible to go back into production. And USDA reported last week that North Dakota growers plan to increase corn, soybean and wheat planted acres this year.
Source: USDA News Releases & Audio Archives