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Posted: Wednesday, June 27, 2012 2:39 pm

What started out as an early spring with early forage growth has now turned into a year with drought-like conditions according to Wright County Farm Service Agency Director Clyde Connelly.  Producers are reporting hay production is either a third or a half of their normal production.  Those producers hurt by army worms harvested even less than that.  Pasture conditions continue to remain very poor.  Rainfall amounts recorded at the county office are 2.13 inches for May and 1.29 inches for June.

The county office has received several calls about the possibility of any disaster assistance.  Those producers who purchased the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program coverage or Rain Index coverage could have the possibility of receiving a payment.  The grazing period for NAP goes through November 15th, and overall losses will be calculated then.  The final date to purchase NAP coverage for 2012 was March 15.

Livestock disaster programs which included the Livestock Forage Program (LFP) and the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) expired at the end of the 2011 Fiscal Year, as they were approved under the prior Farm Bill.  These two programs are included in the Senate version of the 2013 Farm Bill but are waiting action from the House Ag Committee.  At this time it is not known how the new Farm Bill will address disaster losses in 2012.

The Livestock Forage Program which in prior years compensated farmers for loss of forage is now triggered by the U.S. Drought Monitor, which can be found by a google search “us drought monitor”.  Currently, all of Wright, Webster, and Laclede counties are listed as “abnormally dry”.  The west side of Texas County along with the north half of Douglas County are listed as “abnormally dry”.  The east half of Texas Countyand the south half of Douglas County is listed as “moderate drought”.  The Drought Monitor maps are updated each Thursday.

For additional information on programs offered by the Wright County Farm Service Agency please come by the office located in Hartville, or phone (417) 741-6195 ext. 2.  Producers can also provide us with their e-mail and cell number for electronic notification.