Julia A. Wickard, state executive director for Farm Service Agency (FSA), has announced that producers have until January 15, 2014, to report crops that have a November 15 or December 15, 2013, reporting deadline without paying a late-file fee. Crops under this waiver include wheat and native and improved grasses intended for grazing or haying. The Risk Management Agency (RMA) did not grant a waiver so producers need to consult their crop insurance agent for deadlines for insured crops.
Recently, FSA and the Risk Management Agency (RMA) worked to coordinate acreage reporting dates for programs to streamline this process for common customers. “In order to ensure compliance with FSA program eligibility requirements, all producers are encouraged to visit their local county FSA office to file an accurate crop certification report by the applicable deadline," Wickard noted.
Acreage reporting dates for 2014 for all of Indiana are as follows:
· December 15, 2013: Fall Mint, Fall Seeded Small Grains;
· January 15, 2014: Apples;
· July 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.
· Non-insured 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.
Late file fees will be assessed for 2014 Fall Mint or Fall Seeded Small Grains reported to FSA after January 15, 2014. However, producers need to remember that if they have wheat insurance, failing to report acreage by December 15, 2013 may cause eligibility issues for crop insurance.
For questions regarding crop certification and crop loss reports, contact your local county FSA office.