Drought

Rain, Rain Come Today! Across our growing region we have a full range of crop conditions, but one common thread is that everyone would take some water today. Our forecaster had predicted a dryer and hotter than normal crop season (whatever normal is) and it looks to be coming true for the most part. FSA…
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WHIP+

USDA Announces Payment of Second Half of 2019 WHIP Plus Payments, Quality Loss Assistance Program — More than $1 billion in payments will be released over the next several weeks, starting June 15, for agricultural producers with approved applications for the Quality Loss Adjustment (QLA) Program and for producers who have already received payments through the…
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Pandemic Cover Crop Program

USDA announced on June 1st a new initiative to reward the planting and certification of cover crops through RMA’s Pandemic Cover Crop Program (PCCP). All the information (press release, FAQs, Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA – the legal documentation)) are available at this link: https://www.rma.usda.gov/en/News-Room/Press/Press-Releases/2021-News/Producers-with-Crop-Insurance-to-Receive-Premium-Benefit-for-Cover-Crops. Even with this information, there are a lot of questions.  Heritage…
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Co-Insurance

I am sure by now we have all noticed higher prices at the grocery store, gas pumps, as well as everything else.  Lumber, steel, insulation, and building supplies in general are not immune to this period of rapid inflation.  Inflation always follows periods of prosperity or in this case rapid infusion of money, essentially watering…
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WHIP+ Update

  Quite a few insureds have been asking about the timing of the 2nd half of WHIP being paid. Here is what we know as of today. WHIP has paid out approximately 211 million in the state of North Dakota for the years 2018 and 2019. The 2019 crop year was plagued with quality issues…
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Planting / Weather Update

“Plant in the dust, and your bins will bust.” We have had a lot of wheat planted in the southeast and northeast valley, with the earliest reported plant date of 3/27/2021 so far. Progress has been made toward the middle of the state along with some tillage. In the western part of the state, we…
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