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Nov. 16 is deadline to report fall seeded, perennial forage crops


Cheyenne County USDA Farm Service Agency Executive Director Brad Fraass reminds producers that they have until Nov. 16 to report fall seeded crops and perennial forage crops such as wheat and grass to the FSA office for the 2016 crop year. Perennial forage includes all grasses, alfalfa, clover and mixed-forage intended for hay or grazing as well as acreage insured through the Risk Management Agency’s Pasture, Rangeland, Forage insurance.

“The 2014 Farm Bill requires acreage reporting for several programs that are available to farmers and ranchers,” said Fraass. “Failure to report all cropland acreage by the deadline can result in a loss of program benefits.”

To comply with program provisions, acreage reports must be filed to maintain eligibility for the following programs: Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC), Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) and the Livestock Forage Program (LFP). This includes crops on non-cropland such as hayed or grazed grasslands and land that will be fallow for the year.

“It is extremely important to provide accurate acreage reports including who has an interest in the acreage, the intended use of the crop as well as irrigated and non-irrigated practices,” said Fraass. “Once the intended use is reported, it cannot be revised. Information should be consistent between FSA and your crop insurance provider. While subsequent crops are required to be reported, cover crops should also be reported.”

If a crop was not planted by the applicable reporting date, the acreage must be reported within 15 calendar days after planting is complete. Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) policy holders must report NAP covered crops by the earlier of Nov. 16, or 15 days before grazing or harvesting the crop.

Farmers who have not certified their fall seeded crops or perennial forage crops should contact the county office immediately to make an appointment prior to the deadline. To report acres, producers must provide crop type, intended use, practice, shares and planting dates for each field.

For more information on acreage reporting or to schedule an appointment, contact the Cheyenne County FSA office at (308) 254-4507.


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