Texas continues as the lead state participating in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), with the most acres in the program and the most acres accepted for enrollment during the most recent general sign signup period.
As of April, Texas led all states with 3.360 million acres in the CRP. Of the 3.876 million acres accepted into the program via general signup 43, 767,242 of the acres are in Texas. The state also had the most acres that were scheduled to mature Sept. 30, with contracts on 827,438 acres set to exit the program.
And, CRP remains a popular program nationwide. Of the roughly 3.9 million acres enrolled via signup 43, contacts advise that 3.3 million acres were under contracts that were to mature on Sept. 30, 2012. Contracts on a total of 6.521 million acres were scheduled to mature, signaling that just over 50 percent of acres maturing from the program will stay in the CRP with around 600,000 "new" acres to enter the program Oct. 1.
Here's a look at the state breakdown of acres offered and enrolled during signup 43:
Other highlights of the signup:
Acceptable acres included the following:
- an average erodibility index (EI) of 16.6
- 3.3 million acres with an average EI of 8 or greater
- 204,000 acres of rare and declining habitat
- 263,000 acres of trees for all tree categories
- 38,000 acres of pollinator habitat.
New Mexico ranked ninth in terms of acres accepted via signup 43 but was sixteenth on the list of total acres in CRP at the end of April.Idaho ranked tenth in the acres accepted via signup 43, had the fourteenth highest amount of acres in the program overall as of the end of April. Idaho also had more than 27,000 acres accepted into the program during April via continuous signup efforts out of just over 50,000 acres nationwide.There are 39 counties nationwide that are at or near the 25 percent country cropland limitation level in Colorado (2), Georgia (3), Idaho (1), Illinois (1), Mississippi (6), Nebraska (1), New Mexico (4), Oklahoma (2), Oregon (1), Texas (15), Utah (1) and Washington (2).
Comments: CRP remains a popular program as evidenced by the fact that just over 50 percent of acres that were to mature as of Sept. 1 will stay in the program under a new contract - a pattern seen with recent general signups. And with the next farm bill likely to lower the acreage in the program - 25 million acres is proposed in the Senate version - that will test whether as many existing CRP acres are able to be enrolled in the program as they mature.