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Schmidt: NDSU offers farm bill decision aid

By Staff | Apr 4, 2014

An education tool is available from the North Dakota State University Extension Service for evaluating certain options under the commodity title of the Agricultural Act of 2014 (farm bill).

Producers may elect to enroll in the Price Loss Coverage (PLC) program or the county Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) shallow loss revenue program on a crop by crop basis within each Farm Service Agency farm number.

“Producers may choose to keep their existing base acres or reallocate base acres using their 2009 through 2012 crop history,” says Andrew Swenson, NDSU Extension farm management specialist. “Producers also can update payment yields on a crop by crop basis.”

The program, available at ag.ndsu.edu/farmmanagement/farm-bill, will assist producers with these decisions, given their national average marketing year price and county average yield projections.

“The program does not consider the individual farm level ARC option or the possible benefits of the Supplemental Coverage Option crop insurance available with PLC enrollment,” Swenson says. “It should be emphasized that there is plenty of time to evaluate the farm bill options because these decisions do not need to be finalized for several months.

Rugby NDAWN station

now wireless

Agriculture producers already familiar with NDAWN will now be able to view near real-time data from any web-browsing device including smartphones while in the field. Prior to this producers could obtain agriculture weather information by viewing the website from a computer or by calling the weather station directly.

NDAWN stands for the North Dakota Agricultural Weather Network which is a service that provides information regarding weather conditions such as rainfall, wind speed and direction, soil temperature, dew point, wind chill and more. This weather data is used in the development of agricultural models that predict future crop and pest development which producers can use in making crop management decisions.

At this time, the wireless service which provides updated data every 10 minutes on the web is now available at 45 of NDAWN’s 72 stations. The Rugby station is now one of those NDAWN stations offering near real-time data that can be viewed from any Web-browsing device, including smartphones.

The service eventually will be available from all of the NDAWN stations across North Dakota and the border regions of surrounding states. Providing this information through computers and smartphones replaces the system that allowed access to the data through a landline or basic cell phone call. The phone call option will be available at the other 27 stations until the technology is upgraded.

For more information on how to link an NDAWN station’s 10-minute data page to smartphone or Android device home screens visit: ndawn.ndsu.nodak.edu/ and click on the help section along the left hand side of the screen to access smartphone help.

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