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Haying and grazing can begin Aug. 1, but there are restrictions.

The USDA has announced Conservation Reserve Program acres can be hayed and grazed in the Dakotas beginning Aug. 1.

But there are a bunch of restrictions.

Only certain acres are eligible.

No more than 50% of the eligible CRP acreage may be hayed. Grazing can be conducted at 75% of the Natural Resources Conservation Service recommended stocking rate on all of the eligible acres or, alternatively, at 100% of the stocking rate on 75% of the eligible acres.

All haying and grazing activity and removal of hay must be completed by Nov. 10.

County Farm Service Agency are scheduling appointments to revise contracts. Producers wishing to participate also must obtain a modified conservation plan for haying and grazing management.

"Haying and grazing CRP land under the critical feed use program will not result in a reduction in the 2008 CRP rental payment," says Dwight Aakre, NDSU Extension farm management specialist. "However, producers will be required to pay a fee of $75 for the modification of their CRP contract."

Source: NDSU Extension Communications

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