FSA reminds producers of new acreage reporting deadlines
Francie Tolle, executive director for Oklahoma Farm Service Agency, reminds producers of new deadlines for submitting their annual report of acreage to local FSA county offices.
Producers of perennial forage crops (grass, hay, alfalfa, and pasture) must submit a 2013 acreage report for those crops by Nov. 15. Producers of fall seeded grains (including winter wheat) and canola must submit a 2013 acreage report for those crops by Dec. 17. The normal deadline is Dec. 15, but since the 15th falls on a Saturday, producers will have until Dec. 17 to report their acreage. This is also the same date for these crops to be reported to your crop insurance agent when carrying federal crop insurance.
"In prior years, reports for these crops were not due to FSA until later in the spring and summer. This change is part of an initiative at the national level to align acreage reporting dates between FSA and Risk Management Agency and reduce the crop reporting burden on producers," said Tolle.
All acreage must be reported for a farm, including crops on non-cropland such as hayed or grazed grassland. It is also important to accurately report crops' intended use. Intended use is used to determine eligibility in many FSA programs and cannot be revised once reported.
Producers should contact their local FSA county office if they are uncertain about reporting deadlines. In order to meet FSA program eligibility requirements, producers must submit timely acreage reports. Reports filed after the established deadlines must meet certain requirements to be accepted and may be charged late fees.
For more information on FSA crop reporting requirements, visit your local FSA office or visit us online at www.fsa.usda.gov/ok.