Cropping Situation

For row crop growers, the rain fall continues to delay field work across most of the states cropping areas. As a result, some growers are not going to get their planned corn acreage planted. Soybean acres will likely increase. As for now rice acres are looking to go as planned if the rains give us a break.

Vegetable growers are suffering from the rains and cool weather too. We had a break back in late February to get some early crops in the field but its been very hard to do much since. Remember our frost-free date for most of the delta is April 15.

Emergency Conservation Program Assistance

The Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) provides emergency funding and technical assistance to farmers and ranchers to rehabilitate farmland damaged by natural disasters and to implement emergency water conservation measures in periods of severe drought.

For land to be eligible, the natural disaster must create new conservation problems that, if untreated, would: 

be so costly to rehabilitate that Federal assistance is or will be needed to return the land to productive agricultural use

is unusual and is not the type that would recur frequently in the same area

affect the productive capacity of the farmland

impair or endanger the land 

For more information about ECP, please contact or visit your local Farm Service Agency office.