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Canola Leader Looking for Producers Hurt by Crop Insurance Snafu

Tue, 19 Nov 2013 17:05:33 CST

Canola Leader Looking for Producers Hurt by Crop Insurance Snafu Many hazards can affect a young crop's progress as it grows in a farmer's field. As he travels across the Southern Plains checking on the progress of the 2013 winter canola crop, Gene Neuens, oil crop field representative for the Producers Cooperative Oil Mill here, is aware of both insect and government red tape problems affecting the crop.

"We are finding out there is a significant number of farmers who have planted winter canola, but, due to the US government shutdown in October, don't have their crop covered by USDA Risk Management Agency crop insurance," he said.

If you have a crop of winter canola planted and were not able to obtain USDA RMA crop insurance, Neuens asks you to contact him as soon as possible. When he obtains a sufficient number of replies from producers without crop insurance, Neuens intends to contact the RMA to seek a solution, he said.

Neuens can be reached by calling 405-760-4205.

Neuens also cautions canola producers to closely check their fields for evidence of diamondback moth larvae and army worm depredations. If the young canola plants appear to have freeze damage, the real culprit could be the moth larvae and army worms feeding on the underneath portion of the plants, he said.

"I urge farmers to walk across their fields, crossing back and forth at least a portion of each field, kneel down and look under the young plants for sign of the larvae or worms," he said.
Neuens said now is a good time for farmers to be spraying to control weeds growing in the fields. He said he has seen several fields with weeds growing taller than the canola plants.



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