Tough year highlights importance of preplanning

If the past year has proved anything to local farmers, it’s the importance of proper preplanning.
That’s according to Linda Stuckenbroker, Farm Services Agency director for Jackson County.
“Margins are tight,” Stuckenbroker said. “There is not a lot of profitability. Every decision can be consequential.”
Everything from insurance to locking in herbicides and when to apply those herbicides, from seed to fertilizer and even what to plant, are critical decisions farmers need to make, Stuckenbroker said.
The importance of deciding what to plant came into sharp focus for many farmers this year in the wake of a significant amount of acres not ever being planted because of a late winter and abnormally wet spring.
Stuckenbroker said program payments on prevent-plan acres are determined based on past plantings.

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