The 2014 Farm Bill is full of big and complicated decisions. One of them is whether to reallocate your base acres based on a 4-year average for the 2009-2012 crop years or leave them at September 30, 2013 levels.
The decision rests with the owner of the FSA farm so a conversation with your landowner if you are a tenant is in order. The decision made will ultimately apply to all covered crops and takes effect with the 2014 crop.
This article from the University of Illinois College of ACES FarmDoc Daily details many of the considerations you’ll need to think about when making this decision. In general, your decision will likely be to increase corn and soybean acres at the expense of oat, wheat, or sorghum acres.
And while you’re thinking about your options as pertain to this 2014 Farm Bill, consider reading some of the other articles at the FarmDoc Daily website focused specifically on Farm Bill. Whether you are interested in the differences between programs, supplemental crop insurance, or conservation program options, there is information here for you.
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