Clean out the chemicals

PesticideCollection MontgomeryCityDuring the Aug. 1, 2020, pesticide collection event at MFA Agri Services in Montgomery City, approximately 13, 287 pounds of waste chemicals were collected from 33 participants. The free program continues at different locations in 2021 starting this month. When you’re thinking about spring cleaning this year, don’t forget about those old, unwanted or leftover pesticide products sitting in your barn, shed, garage or home. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ Pesticide Collection Program is offering free events throughout the state to properly dispose of agricultural and household chemicals.

Simply throwing away pesticides or pouring them down the drain can be detrimental to the environment, septic systems and the water supply. At these collection events, approved hazardous waste contractors will take these products and send them to a permitted inciner­ation facility. Accepted materials include herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, rodenticides, dewormers, fly tags and fertilizer containing pesticides.

From 2012 to 2020, the Missouri Pesticide Collec­tion Program conducted 56 events, collecting nearly 630,000 pounds of waste pesticide from 1,751 partic­ipants.

In 2021, six collection events are scheduled from March through September, including two at MFA facilities in Lincoln and Marthasville. All events run from 8 a.m. until noon.

  • March 13 — Baker Implement Company, Homecrest St., Kennett
  • March 20 — S & H Farm Supply, 7 State Road A, Lockwood
  • June 5 — MFA Producers Exchange No. 84, 21127 Hwy. 65, Lincoln
  • June 26 — Ricketts Farm Service, 29394 Sterling Ave., Salisbury
  • Aug. 28 — Prairieland FS, 23922 State Rt. 81, Kahoka
  • Sept. 25 — MFA Agri Services, 304 Depot St., Marthasville

Keep all pesticides in original containers and identify those not in original contain­ers or with missing labels. Do not mix the pesticides with other materials, like used motor oil or antifreeze. Make sure lids are tightly sealed. If the container is leaking, place it in a larger container with a nonflam­mable absorbent, such as clay-based cat box litter. Secure waste pesticides upright in a cardboard box and transport in the back of a pickup truck, trailer or car trunk. Keep flammables out of direct sunlight and away from sources of heat.

A hazardous waste contractor will unload the pesticides from your vehicle at the collec­tion event. Non-pesticide waste brought to the event will be rejected and sent back with the participant.

For more information, call 573-751-0616 or visit online at

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Policy endorsements may adjust coverage to reflect current yields

The amount of crop insurance available to farmers is based on your average yields, but the actual production history (APH) used for coverage may not accurately reflect your current potential. Using a policy endorsement can in­crease your APH significantly. In certain cases, APH yields can be modified using Trend Adjusted Yields (TA), Yield Exclusion (YE) and Yield Adjustment (YA) endorsements.

  • Trend Adjusted Yields — When available, TA provides the opportunity to increase your database for the past 10 crop years. For 2021, this can go back to 2001. TA can be helpful to reflect your current ability to raise a crop with today’s technology.
  • Yield Exclusion — When the USDA-Risk Management Agency has deemed a disaster year in your county, those years can be excluded from your database if it is beneficial for you.
  • Yield Adjustment — This can be used when a year does not qualify for yield exclusion but your yield was less than 60% of the county T-yield (transitional yield). Each county has a different T-yield for each crop generated by USDA-RMA based on the 10-year historical county average yield.

With costs of raising a crop continually increasing, it is important to review your crop insurance coverages an­nually. For more a deeper explanation of policy endorse­ments, talk with your MFA Crop Insurance agent. MFA Crop insurance is an equal opportunity provider.
Learn more about MFA Crop Insurance HERE.

Important Dates to Remember

March 15: Sales closing for spring-planted crops (Feb. 28 for some areas)

April 29: Production reports due for 2020 spring-planted crops

July 15: Acreage reports due for 2021 spring-planted crops

LINK TO RELATED STORY: Crop Insurance selections can impact your bottom line.

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Crop insurance selections can impact your bottom line

What’s your breakeven? Whether it be cost of inputs, rent, or labor, it is important to know where your hard-earned dollar is going in any given year. When asked your cost per acre for corn or soybeans, you may not know off the top of your head. But once you have the patience to sit down and truly figure the costs, it doesn’t take much time to determine a net income.

Even with all those calculations, there is still one expense that may affect your bottom line unexpect­edly: the unit structure on your crop insurance policy.

Each parcel of land for which premiums are calculated and for which potential claims are made is called an “insurance unit.” Unit structure is one of the most important choices you’ll make when determining your crop insurance policy. To understand how different types of units can affect the bottom line, you must first understand the differences between them. Specifically, let’s compare Enterprise Units (EU) and Optional Units (OU).

Enterprise Units are common among growers. The premi­ums are cheaper, and unit structure is simple to understand. However, EU can bring additional cost. EU takes all of the grower’s production and lumps it together per crop and county. If a grower has a crop failure in a single field, that production (for claims purposes) is combined with the production on the rest of their acres in that county. This can make a claim more difficult to obtain.

Optional Units have a higher premium and can seem intim­idating. With OU, the key difference is the ability to separate production and farms by section in the unit structure. If there was a crop failure in a single field, OU allows a greater opportu­nity for an indemnity claim because that field is being analyzed separately, with consideration for other fields of the same crop in the unit. In turn, there is potential for more frequent indem­nity payments that can improve your bottom line.

Ultimately, your coverage should be enough to keep you profitable when production falls short. MFA Crop Insurance agents understand the costs of raising a crop. They also under­stand that no two farms are alike. Your crop insurance should be tailored to fit your operation and risk tolerance.

For more information, contact your local MFA or visit MFA Crop Insurance HERE to find an MFA Crop Insurance agent in your area. MFA Crop insurance is an equal opportunity provider.

Important Dates to Remember

March 15: Sales closing for spring-planted crops (Feb. 28 for some areas)

April 29: Production reports due for 2020 spring-planted crops

July 15: Acreage reports due for 2021 spring-planted crops


CLICK HERE TO READ RELATED STORY: Policy endorsements may adjust coverage to reflect current yields.


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