Enrollment begins for 2021 ARC, PLC

IARN — Farmers have until March 15, 2021, to enroll in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC), or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for the 2021 crop year. The enrollment period opened this week for the risk management programs, known as ARC and PLC. The key Department of Agriculture safety-net programs help producers weather fluctuations in either revenue or price for certain crops. USDA says more than $5 billion in payments are in the process of going out to producers who signed up for the 2019 crop year. Read more

NMPF: All dairy farmers should sign up for DMC

IARN — The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) urges all dairy farmers to sign up for the Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) Program. Enrollment in the program administered by the Department of Agriculture opened Tuesday. NMPF cites the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, and the expectation of volatile dairy margins in the next year, in the need for DMC protection. Read more

SmartStax technology: Key in fight against corn rootworm

IARN — Iowa farmers zeroed in on harvest will soon need to make important decisions for the upcoming crop season.

Jim McDermott, DEKALB Asgrow technical agronomist in northwest Iowa, says, “Naturally, a lot of decisions are going to be made with data from 2020.” However, McDermott reminds farmers, “2021 is probably going to be a different year.” Read more