Barry County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Brian Blount has announced a change in crop acreage reporting dates for the 2013 crop year. All perennial and biennial forage crops must now be reported by Nov. 15. The new deadline for reporting fall-seeded small grains is Dec. 15.
"In past years, producers had until the end of June to report their acreage for wheat and other small grains, and until the end of July to report their hay and pasture acreage," said Blount. "The new reporting date is much sooner than the prior dates, so we encourage producers to make an appointment to stop by and make a report."
All 2013 perennial and biennial forage acres, such has pasture acreage intended for haying or grazing, must be reported to FSA by the Nov. 15 deadline.
All fall-seeded small grain acreage, such as winter wheat, barley and oats, must be reported by Dec. 17.
Included in the upcoming reporting dates are crops that were planted as cover crops. Cover crops help to protect the soil during winter months and help preserve the nation's water resources.
"Many producers are learning more about cover crops and the benefit cover crops have to their operation," Blount said. "After the drought we've experienced, cover crops can prove to be a valuable asset for retaining soil moisture, as well as providing an additional source of feed for livestock. Cover crops can also help in retaining nitrogen in the soil for next year's crops, instead of letting it slip away into our streams."
Blount said the change in crop acreage reporting dates was the result of a combined effort of FSA and the Risk Management Agency (RMA) to make acreage reporting easier and standardized for crop insurance and FSA purposes. All acreage must be reported for a farm, including crops on non-cropland such as hayed or grazed grassland and other cover crops.
Reporting acreage ensures producers are compliant with current and future FSA farm programs, including disaster assistance.
To make an appointment to report your crop and forage acreage, contact the Barry County Office at 847-2111 or visit online at www.fsa.usda.gov.