Programs available to help farmers who can’t get in fields

Charles City, Iowa – The latest USDA crop report says there was one suitable day for planting last week and that adds up to farmers being two weeks behind the five year average.  With a crop insurance deadline approaching coupled with the inability for farmers to hit the fields, it’s putting producers in a bind.

Pat Derdzinski with the Floyd County USDA office explains his office has an alternative called preventative planning report.


Simply put, producers who intended to plant one crop in a field, but were unable to do to weather, can now plant another.  You have to file within 15 days after the program opens on June 3rd.

Derdzinksi says he advises producers to look at their insurance policies before coming to the office.


This year marks the smallest amount of corn planted by May 26 with 76 percent since 1995 when only 75 percent was in the ground.  Only one-third of soybeans have been planted which is two weeks behind.

Derdzinski told North Iowa News the USDA has another program for crops that make it in the ground but don’t survive.


The program is for crops destroyed by Mother Nature like flooding.

He added the crop certification deadline is July 15.


Chris Berg

Chris was born in Webster City and raised in Charles City. As a young kid, he would always be caught singing along to songs on the radio. He says he's good at karaoke but we think otherwise. ;) In his free time, he enjoys beginning new projects at home and hardly ever finishing them. Chris lives in Charles City with his wife Vicki, daughter Brynlee and son Jaxon.
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