USDA Extends ARC and PLC Deadlines

Farmers Have Until April 7 to Update Yields, Reallocate Base Acres, and Make Final Selections

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today provided farm owners and producers one additional week, until April 7, 2015, to choose between Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC), the safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill. The final day to update yield history or reallocate base acres also will be April 7, 2015.

If no changes are made to yield history or base acres by the deadline, the farm's current yield and base acres will be used. If a program choice of ARC or PLC is not made, there will be no 2014 crop year payments for the farm and the farm will default to PLC coverage for the 2015 through 2018 crop years. Producers who have an appointment at their local FSA offices scheduled by April 7 will be able to make an election between ARC and PLC, even if their actual appointment is after April 7.

Covered commodities under ARC and PLC include barley, canola, large and small chickpeas, corn, crambe, flaxseed, grain sorghum, lentils, mustard seed, oats, peanuts, dry peas, rapeseed, long grain rice, medium grain rice (which includes short grain and sweet rice), safflower seed, sesame, soybeans, sunflower seed and wheat. Upland cotton is no longer a covered commodity.

Producers need to contact the Farm Service Agency by April 7. To learn more, farmers can contact their local Farm Service Agency county office. To find local offices, visit

Price projections for several crops have changed substantially in recent weeks.  Producers are strongly encouraged to run or re-run their Base Acre Reallocation & PLC/ARC Decision Aid analyses, since outcomes can change substantially compared to previous results.

The FARM BILL DECISION AID is located at

This suite of integrated tools can help you make the choices required for participation in the 2014 Farm Bill and crop insurance decisions. The decision aid tools include:

– Yield update

– Base acre reallocation

– Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC-Co & ARC-IC)

– Price Loss Coverage (PLC)

– Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO)

This decision aid is a joint effort between the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute at the University of Missouri (FAPRI-MU), the Agricultural and Food Policy Center (AFPC) at Texas A&M University, and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA).

For assistance, please contact the University Of Missouri Extension Office Of Miller County

Tricia Barrett, Ag Business Specialist,

MU Extension – Miller County   573 369 2394 


Tree Order Forms, Farm Tax Guides, Crop Performance Reports


Missouri Department of Conservation tree seedling order forms are now available at the University Extension Center in the Courthouse Annex building in Tuscumbia and at the Miller County Soil and Water Conservation District offices at 101 Industrial Park Road in Eldon. Seedlings should be ordered early for spring planting while the selection is good.  Information about tree planting is available through the Extension office, the Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) and through the Missouri Department of Conservation.  Cost sharing or incentives for some planting practices may be available through the SWCD.  Ask for Agricultural Guide “Before You Order Tree Seedlings” available by calling the Extension office at (573) 369-2394.

The 2014 Farmer’s IRS Publication Tax Guide is now available at Extension offices throughout the state.  Come in for your copy.

For those interested in how new corn hybrids and other crops performed at five University locations around the state, call (573) 369-2394 and request a copy of the 2014 Missouri Crop Performance reports.   

Century Farm Applications will be available after February 1, 2015. The application is available at the following web site;

Other University of Missouri Extension information is available on the Internet at The local Miller County website is


Joining 4-H is easy

4-H is a community of young people across America learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. 4-H is young people making new friends and memories while preparing to be leaders of today and tomorrow. We are a volunteer-led organization that reaches boys and girls through small groups called clubs. 4-H members choose from over 40 projects in which to participate. Most projects use hands-on learning experiences to teach subject matter and life-skills such as cooperation, leadership and decision making — skills that can be applied over and over for a lifetime. Contact Miller County Extension at or at 573-369-2394.

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Don’t guess; soil tests save time, money

 Soil testing is the best guide to the wise and efficient use of fertilizer and soil amendments, said Manjula Nathan, director of the University of Missouri Extension Soil Testing and Plant Diagnostic Services.

 Whether you grow acres of row crops or have a vegetable patch in the backyard, a soil test will provide you with an analysis of nutrients and a set of recommendations for any improvements.

 “We frequently get questions from customers like, ‘I apply fertilizer every year. How come my plants are not doing well?’” Nathan said.

 “Most of the time the problem is they never have done a soil test, but have been guessing on fertilizer requirements,” she said. “They do not realize that by guessing they are wasting money by over- or under application, and the excess fertilizer can end up in streams, ponds and underground water, polluting the environment.”

Soil testing can be done through the extension office. Soil tests cost $15 per sample during the first full week of the month and are $16.50 per sample otherwise. Six or more tests are $12.50 per sample. Make sure your soil is dry when you bring it in. A soil probe and a auger that can be checked out from the extension office. There is a $50 deposit on the soil probe. Soil testing publications

Private pesticide training

If you need to be certified or recertified, call the extension office to schedule a time to view the video. There is a minimal fee. Individuals are required to have a Private Pesticide Applicator Reference Manual. Bring your copy for verification or purchase one for $12 at the extension office.