Due to the extreme flooding in areas of southern Missouri and severe weather damage in other parts of the state this spring, Edward Hamill, executive director of Missouri Farm Service Agency, announced last week that reports of prevented planting acreage will be accepted through July 31, 2011.
This change gives farmers additional time to report prevented planted acres. The extended deadline applies to all crops except small grains.
"Under normal circumstances, producers would report acreage they were unable to plant due to disaster within 15 days of the final planting date for their particular county," Hamill notes.
Producers must report crop acreage they intended to plant, but due to natural disaster, they were prevented from planting. Prevented planting acreage must be reported on an FSA-576, Notice of Loss.
Filing an accurate and timely report for all crops and land uses can prevent loss of benefits for a variety of USDA Farm Service Agency programs. All cropland on the farm must be reported to receive benefits from the Direct and Counter-Cyclical Program and Marketing Assistance Loans.
For more details on FSA crop reporting requirements, visit your local county USDA-FSA office or find information online at www.fsa.usda.gov.
Source: Missouri USDA-FSA office