Latest Base acreage Stories
The 1996 US Farm Bill eliminated many acreage restrictions, thereby allowing farmers to plant what they believe to be their most competitive crops.
The big combines are beginning to roll across the spring wheat fields of Idaho, Montana and South Dakota, the U.S.
Corn planting is well off the pace of its five-year historic averages, with just 62 percent of the acreage planted, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said. On average, 82 percent of the acreage has been planted by this week of the year. Only North Carolina reports acreage 100 percent planted.
The U.S. Agriculture Department said corn planting was catching up after a slow start, with 22 percent of the acreage now holding seed in the ground. The historic average for acreage planted by this week of the year is 28 percent.
By Joe Knight, The Leader-Telegram, Eau Claire, Wis. Aug. 3--The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced last week it would not allow land in the Conservation Reserve Program to be put into production without penalties.
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