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Updated with Correct Final Planting Dates - OSU's Dr. Kim Anderson says Producers Need to Document Everything

Wed, 07 Sep 2011 12:12:45 CDT

Updated with Correct Final Planting Dates - OSU's Dr. Kim Anderson says Producers Need to Document Everything In the story below- Dr. Kim Anderson spoke of the final date that you could plant wheat in the state of Oklahoma and stay within the Crop insurance full coverage window as being November first. There are actually three final planting dates for the state- October 31st for the two westernmost counties in the Panhandle (Texas and Cimarron), November 15 for ten northwestern Oklahoma Counties and the balance of the state has a final planting date of November 30. All 77 counties have a signup deadline for Crop Insurance of September 30. Click here for the map from the USDA Risk Management Agency Office that shows the signup date, the final planting date and the acreage reporting date

There is also a small window of late planting period where a producer can still plant wheat, and get a reduction in their guarantee.

In every case- be sure and communicate with your Crop Insurance agent to verify dates and other requirements for valid coverage.   

According to Danny Geis with the High Plains Crop Insurance group, "crop insurance agents are waiting on ruling from RMA about the canola planting.   If dry conditions persist, and a producer plants canola, and it does not come up by the middle of October, producer may be able to go in and then plant wheat on that same acreage, as a second crop. Still waiting on ruling."


With cooler temperatures finally showing up across much of Oklahoma, many producers should be preparing grain drills as we move further into September and October. However, the lack of moisture is causing concern when it comes to planting winter canola and hard red winter wheat. Dr. Kim Anderson, Grain Marketing Specialist from Oklahoma State University, says while production this year is important, having proper paperwork is important as well.

Crop insurance dictates that the planting window for winter canola opens from September 10 to October 10, which is quickly approaching. Whether it's wheat or canola, Anderson says this is the year that producers need to make sure all paperwork is done properly, as well as, make sure that all records and forms are filled out at the Farm Service Agency and with crop insurance agents. Also, for crop insurance purposes, producers have to plant a crop, even if that means to dust in the wheat crop and it must be planted before November 1, says Anderson. (see clarification above)

Some producers are thinking about not top-dressing their crop this year, which Anderson says will require a soil test by the producer. Producers need to show and have proof that they have adequate nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium levels in their soil to establish a stand of wheat says Anderson.

Overall, the most important aspect of this crop year for producers is to keep records, fill out paperwork, and soil test because this is likely to be the year of insurance rather than production says Anderson.

Click on the LISTEN bar below to hear the rest of Ron Hays and Dr. Anderson's conversation on planting wheat and winter canola in the upcoming months, as well as, what producers need to do for crop insurance.



Ron Hays and Dr. Anderson discuss the importance of paperwork this crop year
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