The Douglas County Soybean & Corn Growers had a good turnout at their county plot tour Thursday. Seed company representatives shared variety and genetics information, Grant Herfindahl, FSA Director of Douglas & Pope Counties, spoke on the timing of Farm Bill implementation and what that might mean for local growers and a pork chop dinner was served.
Concerning farm program sign-up, Herfindahl said he is hoping it will run after growers finish harvesting this year’s crop so they can have ample time to make decisions on what programs to sign-up for. He also says the sign-up is likely to flow into the next year.
He went on to answer questions about the programs and about the current crop in Douglas County.
“This year there is about 12,000 prevent plant acres in Douglas County. Normally, there are 170,000 acres planted in the county. And compared to the approximately 72,000 planted acres of corn we’ve seen the last couple of years in the county,” Herfindahl said, “this year there is only 45,000 planted acres of corn. So it seems there is a lot more acres of soybeans than in the recent past.”
Herfindahl will also be speaking to farmers at the Pope County Plot Tour Tuesday, Sept 2. The event will be held near the Dahlseng farm near Starbuck at 5 pm.