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Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Converted CRP Acres

The media keeps bad mouthing ethanol and portraying conservation lands being destroyed so that farmers can plant more acres to corn. On Sunday, the Star Tribune said, "Minnesota might see 1 million acres of CRP land converted to corn."

What the story left out is that IF farmers wanted to convert any acres to another crop, ONE MILLION ACRES ARE ELIGIBLE to come out of CRP. How many actually will be converted is probably very small. Many of these acres are not suitable to plant a crop like corn or wheat. Why pour expensive fertilizer and use expensive seed and high priced deisel to plant on land that is not very productive?

The valid information about land coming out of CRP can be found by going to the FSA website, go to the state of Minnesota and then look under the CRP program. end

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