As seed varieties, technology and crop rotations change, crop planting dates also might be adjusted. However, in some cases, farmers are limited by Risk Management Agency (RMA) crop insurance planting date windows.

Here’s where we need help from Kansas producers. RMA includes Land Grant University recommendations when they review and set allowable planting dates for crop insurance. Unfortunately, data reflective of recent agronomic advances is limited. We’re asking producers to consider participating in a Kansas State University Crop Planting Date Survey. The goal is to gather more up-to-date information and precise data on planting dates and crop yields for corn, soybeans and grain sorghum. The last few years would be ideal, but data will be accepted as far back as one would like to share (multiple years of data are needed to best assess planting date recommendations).

There are three easy ways to provide your data. The data will be securely held by KSU and only reported in an aggregated form.

• Use the online survey form at https://form.jotformpro.com/71104923260951

It’s easy and likely will take less than 5 minutes per field.

•Print the survey form from http://ksu.ag/2znhU7m and email or mail it back to Ignacio Ciampitti at Ciampitti@ksu.edu or 2014E Throckmorton PSC, 1712 Claflin Road, Manhattan, KS 66506.

• Simply email or send a copy of any production and yield reporting forms you might have completed in the past to Ciampitti at the email and/or address above.

Many agree crop insurance planting dates should be updated to better reflect the ever changing seed technology, crop rotations, insect pressures and weather risk. Now is your opportunity to provide the farm-level information needed to more accurately update planting recommendations and provide better guidance to update crop insurance planting dates.

This effort is being supported by Kansas Farm Bureau, Kansas Corn Commission, Kansas Soybean Commission, Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission, K-State Research & Extension, KSU Crops-Crop Production Team.

If you have any questions or need further information contact your local Extension Office.

Stacy Campbell is a Kansas State Research and Extension agent in Hays for the Cottonwood Extension District Office.