The Federal Crop Insurance Corporation board of directors approved Thursday, Nov. 15 expansion of the existing sorghum silage pilot program. This expansion will enable 59 additional counties in New Mexico and the Oklahoma and Texas Panhandles to insure irrigated forage sorghum acres for the 2013 crop year.
“NSP recognized a need to strengthen this program and provide more viable cropping options for farmers dealing with limited water,” said National Sorghum Producers board of directors Vice Chairman J.B. Stewart, a sorghum producer from Keyes, Okla. “Sorghum silage is a more drought-tolerant crop that decreases water use while promoting sustainability, so not only are we appreciative of the growers and agents who helped provide information for this product, but we are also very grateful for RMA’s dedication to bringing this expansion to growers in 2013.”
National Sorghum Producers worked extensively with the Risk Management Agency to provide data from sorghum silage trials and from individual producers. The expansion will enable growers to insure a more water-efficient crop alternative in an area where there are many dairy and cattle feeding operations, and demand for silage is high.
Details of the expansion are being finalized by RMA, but NSP fully expects RMA to release the expansion materials before the end of the year for the 2013 growing season.