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Some changes made to 2014 acreage reporting dates

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013 11:22 a.m. CST

GREENFIELD — Producers who file accurate and timely reports for all crops and land uses, including failed acreage, may prevent the potential loss of Farm Service Agency (FSA) program benefits. Pay close attention to the acreage reporting dates below, as some dates have changed for 2014.

In order to comply with FSA program eligibility requirements, all producers are encouraged to visit Adair County FSA to file an accurate crop certification report by the applicable deadline.

The following acreage reporting dates are applicable for Adair County:

Dec. 15: Alfalfa, clover, grass (forage, seed and sod), mixed forage, winter wheat (grain/forage).

Dec. 31: HoneyJuly 15, 2014: All other crops

The following exceptions apply to the above acreage reporting dates:

• If the crop has not been planted by the above acreage reporting date, then the acreage must be reported no later than 15 calendar days after planting is completed.

• If a producer acquires additional acreage after the above acreage reporting date, then the acreage must be reported no later than 30 calendars days after purchase or acquiring the lease. Appropriate documentation must be provided to the county office.

• If a perennial forage crop is reported with the intended use of “cover only,” “green manure,” “left standing,” or “seed,” then the acreage must be reported by July 15.

Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) policy holders should note that the acreage reporting date for NAP covered crops is the earlier of the dates listed above or 15 calendar days before grazing or harvesting of the crop begins.

Additionally, producers may purchase both NAP and RMA coverage for 2014 annual forage crops. NAP coverage will not be available for 2015 annual forage crops. After Sept. 15, late-file fees will be assessed for 2013 and 2014 late-file acreage reports.

For questions regarding crop certification and crop loss reports, contact a county FSA office.

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