March 20, 2016
Spring planting is upon farmers in the Midwest. While the soil temperature may be right, the date on the calendar may be all wrong.
Some farmers may have already started planting. However, others whose crops are insured under the Federal Crop Insurance Program need to follow specific deadlines for getting corn and soybeans into the ground. The USDA's Risk Management Agency provides these dates, but they vary by state and county.
It is important that farmers remind themselves of the RMA planting dates for both corn and soybean planting before heading to the fields.
The following links show Missouri county maps and dates for each crop:
Initial planting dates for corn: March 20, April 1 and April 5
Final planting dates for corn: May 10, 15, 25 and 31
Initial planting dates for soybeans: April 15, 20, and 25
Final planting dates for soybeans: June 15, 20, 25 and 30
About the Author(s)
Editor, Missouri Ruralist
Mindy resides on a small farm just outside of Holstein, Mo, about 80 miles southwest of St. Louis.
After graduating from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural journalism, she worked briefly at a public relations firm in Kansas City. Her husband’s career led the couple north to Minnesota.
There, she reported on large-scale production of corn, soybeans, sugar beets, and dairy, as well as, biofuels for The Land. After 10 years, the couple returned to Missouri and she began covering agriculture in the Show-Me State.
“In all my 15 years of writing about agriculture, I have found some of the most progressive thinkers are farmers,” she says. “They are constantly searching for ways to do more with less, improve their land and leave their legacy to the next generation.”
Mindy and her husband, Stacy, together with their daughters, Elisa and Cassidy, operate Showtime Farms in southern Warren County. The family spends a great deal of time caring for and showing Dorset, Oxford and crossbred sheep.
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