Why CRP is Disappearing

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Why CRP is Disappearing

I just fulfilled my weed control obligation to uncle sam for my CRP acres and the per acre cost with the anti drift, adhering agent, the chemical, and the aerial application (due to wet ground, ground equipment couldn't be used) came to $22.40 per acre.   The contract I signed back in '98 allowed $3 per acre for weed control.   That comes out to over a 700% increase in costs.  Just some insight into some of the causes.  This one's gonna leave a mark. 

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I would think the increase of cash rent is also a reason.     Greedy land owners.

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3XGutshot Said:
I would think the increase of cash rent is also a reason.     Greedy land owners.

With input costs like this I can't afford to be greedy. 

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kdm,

Have you sprayed every acre each year since you put it into CRP?

And, have you calculated the costs of ground application in those years you were able to use that?

Just curious as this would be a really miserable cost of having CRP if it were to be annual.  

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Hey allen, the spraying is based on whether or not the weeds show up.   I have had to spray 5 times in the last 8 years.  3 years with ground equipment ($9 per acre) and 2 with aerial equipment ($14 per acre and this one at 22).  The difference was using 2,4,d (14) and milestone (22).  Darn Wormwood.  That crap costs me more than anything else.  I swear 5 new plants sprout for every one I kill.  BTW, This was not a complaint post, just a little insight into the CRP situation. 

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Much of the CRP was highly erodable when it was put in 20 years ago. With the no-till that almost everyone does now this land can now be farmed and not worry about the erosion factor. By the way, if everyone that thinks you need CRP to have wildlife, you can come take a look at our place. We don''t have CRP for miles and have plenty of nesting birds and deer in our fields and prairie. We take care of the land and have been no-till since '99.

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kdm, not trying to be a smart aleck or anything here, was really just curious.

I would have thought that spraying CRP would be a bit more infrequent than your example.

I swear, I know a lot of CRP acres that have never had an ounce of spray on them.  Must be organic farming operations.

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We just inhereted some land and were able to continue the CRP on that land through the year 2022.    Wasn't sure that was an option until we got with the county.  Gonna go look at the land tomorrow and check weeds, ect......

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Allen, I am just lucky to have some non farmland next to my place that doesn't get much attention.  It's kind of like the neighbor with all the dandelions that keep showing up in your yard, even though you spray for them.  Sucks to be me I guess.  

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worm weeds a bitch, canadian thistle runs a close second.  I've sprayed the last 3 years and will probably clip this year.  Would have been a win/win all around had I been able to mow/hay 2 years ago.  Some moron decided haying CRP was detrimental to wildlife.  When are we going to recognize stupidity for what it is and tell Washington to shove it?

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campcook Said:
worm weeds a bitch, canadian thistle runs a close second.  I've sprayed the last 3 years and will probably clip this year.  Would have been a win/win all around had I been able to mow/hay 2 years ago.  Some moron decided haying CRP was detrimental to wildlife.  When are we going to recognize stupidity for what it is and tell Washington to shove it?

Absinthe wormwood is a really tough SOB.  I have been fighting a bunch of it for a few years now.  Seems like the standard 2-4D and glyphosate treatments have only really killed off its competition.

If you find a ready solution, let me know.  I could sure use one.

At least I am able to mow mine. 

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