End Rows for May 6, 2014

Monday, May 5, 2014

Livestock Forage Disaster Program

When signing up for the Livestock Forage Disaster Program, you will be asked for the beginning inventory of your livestock as of 60 days prior to the qualifying drought condition.

For Saline County producers with losses from the 2012 drought, you will need to provide your beginning inventory as of May of 2012. For the 2013 drought, you will need to

provide the inventory as of July of 2013.

Eligibility is determined by the intensity of the drought as rated by the U.S. Drought Monitor.

Eligible livestock include alpacas, beef cattle, buffalo, beefalo, dairy cattle, deer, elk, emus, equine, goats, llamas, poultry, reindeer, sheep and swine.

We recommend calling for an appointment to sign-up for LFP but walk-ins are always welcome if you don't mind waiting. Sign-up ends Jan. 30, 2015.

2014 Final planting dates for Saline and surrounding counties

For crop insurance purposes, May 25, is the final planting date for corn in Saline, Carroll, Chariton, Howard, Cooper, Pettis, Johnson and Lafayette Counties.

June 20 is the final planting date for soybeans in Saline, Carroll, Chariton, Howard, Cooper and Pettis Counties. In Lafayette and Johnson Counties, the final planting date for soybeans is June 25.

More information is available online at www.rma.usda.gov.

Acreage reporting deadlines

Acreage reports are still required for the new farm bill programs.

May 15 is the final date to report spring-seeded small grain crops, spring oats and potatoes. July 15 is the final date to report corn, milo, soybeans and all other spring-planted crops, and CRP acreage.

You will need your planting dates when you file your acreage reports.

Soybean requests for referendum

Eligible soybean producers wishing to request a referendum on the soybean promotion and research order, or soybean checkoff, can fill out form LS-51-1 at your local FSA office between now and May 30.

If needed, this form can be mailed upon request. It's also available at www.ams.usda.govAMSv1.0/SoybeaninformationontheSoybeanRequestforReferendum

The LS-51-1 must be completed in its entirety and signed.

You also need to attach supporting documentation that you have paid the soybean assessment anytime between Jan. 1, 2012 and Dec. 31, 2013.

May interest rates

The interest rates for May are as follows:

-- Commodity loans, 1.125 percent

-- Farm storage facility loans with 7-year term, 2.25 percent

-- Farm storage facility loans with 10-year term, 2.75 percent

-- Farm storage facility loans with 12-year term, 2.875 percent

-- Farm operating loans, 2.125 percent

-- Farm ownership-beginning farmer, 1.5 percent

-- Emergency farm loans, 3.125 percent