The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agriculture Statistics Service June 30 acreage report estimated 2014 crop year canola plantings at 1.75 million acres nationwide this year, a 30 percent increase from 2013. Regionally, the Northern Plains continues to lead in canola production with 1.28 million acres planted, a 35 percent increase from 2013. The Southern Great Plains continues to increase as well, with 319,000 acres reported planted, although this year’s yield was significantly decreased by severe drought conditions. The Pacific Northwest acreage of 147,000 was off 12 percent from last year.
On June 30, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency published the 2014 Farm Bill’s crop insurance rule in the Federal Register. The comment period closes in 60 days. The rule covers the new and revised programs for crop insurance that were part of the farm bill, including the Supplemental Cover Options (SCO), Stacked Income Protection Plan (STAX), Actual Production History (APH) adjustments, Conservation Compliance, Enterprise Units on Irrigated and Non-Irrigated Acres, Sod-Saver, Coverage Levels by Practice, Beginning Farmer and Rancher Provisions.