U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency Acting Montana Director Dick Deschamps says because of high yields, Montana producers did not meet the state trigger for 2010 Average Crop Revenue Election program payments of wheat, barley and oats.
"With the record high yields wheat and barley crops and the high state yields for oats, 2010 turned out to be a great year for many Montana farmers," he says. "Due to the high yields, no 2010 ACRE payments will be made for wheat, barley and oats for Montana farmers enrolled in the ACRE program."
Congress established ACRE to protect producers from farm market revenue declines. Payments are revenue-based and determined based on crop production and the National Average Market Price for covered commodities planted on farms.
The 2010 state yields published by the National Agricultural Statistical Service for wheat was 41.1 bushels per acre, oats were 99 bushels per irrigated acre, and 47 bushels per non-irrigated acre. Barley averaged 88 bushels per irrigated acre, and 49 bushels per non-irrigated acre.
Other 2010 ACRE state yields for Montana include the following:
Flaxseed: 17 bushels per acre.
Corn: 135 bushels per acre
Small chickpeas: 1,000 pounds per acre.
Large chickpeas: 540 pounds per acre.
Dry peas: 1,880 pounds per acre
Safflower: 820 pounds per acre.
Mustard: 780 pounds per acre.
Lentils: 1,290 pounds per acre.
States that meet the revenue triggers for other commodities will be determined after the 2010-11 marketing year average prices are published by NASS. Scheduled publishing dates for 2010 National Average Market Prices for other crops are:
Corn, grain sorghum, soybeans, dry peas and lentils: Oct. 1, 2011
All chickpeas, sunflower seed, canola, flaxseed, mustard seed, rapeseed, safflower and crambe: Dec. 1, 2011.
For more information on the ACRE program, growers are urged to either visit their local FSA office, or sign into the ACRE website at http://www.fsa.usda.gov/dcp.