Producers encouraged to meet acreage reporting dates

The USDA Farm Service Agency reminds producers to pay close attention to the acreage reporting dates for 2016.

Producers who file accurate and timely reports for all crops and land uses, including failed acreage, can prevent the potential loss of FSA program benefits.

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

The acreage reporting dates are as follow:

July 15: All spring-seeded crops, forage seeding, Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres

Aug. 15: Cabbage

Sept. 30: All value-loss crops except nursery

Nov. 15: Perennial forage, fall mint, fall-seeded small grains, pasture, rangeland and forest

Jan. 17: Perennial fruits including, but not limited to, apples, pears, blueberries, cherries and grapes

The following exceptions apply:

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 calendar days after purchase or acquisition of 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.

For questions regarding crop certification and crop loss reports, visit the Shawano-Menominee County FSA office 603 Lakeland Road, Shawano, or call 715-524-4814.