Acreage reporting dates set

Sheboygan County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Gretchen Smith announced that 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. Please pay close attention to the acreage reporting dates below for 2016.

“In order to comply with FSA program eligibility requirements, all producers are encouraged to visit the Sheboygan County FSA office to file an accurate crop certification report by the applicable deadline,” said Smith.

The following acreage reporting dates are applicable for Sheboyan County:

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 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 15th.

According to Smith, 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.

For questions regarding crop certification and crop loss reports, please contact the Sheboygan County FSA office at 920-467-9917 ext 2.

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