Charla Brannon, of the Coffee/Grundy Co. Farm Service Agency, would like to remind local farmers and landowners of the importance of timely crop reporting. Participation in the following USDA programs requires annual reporting of crops and land use: Marketing Assistance Loans, Loan Deficiency Payments, DCP, CRP (Conservation Reserve Program), Noninsured Assistance Program, SURE, ACRE, the Tree Assistance Program, and the Livestock Feed Program. Participation in these programs requires a report of all cropland on a farm even though it may not be used for annually-tilled row crops. Idle land and pasture must also be reported. The 2013 crop reporting deadlines are:
April 15—Hay and Pasture crops insured by a Non-insured Crop Disaster Assistant Program (NAP)
policy (If not insured, July 15 applies)
July 1 – Tobacco
July 15 - All other crops (Corn, Soybeans, Hay, Pasture, etc)
The 2014 Crop reporting deadlines are:
December 15 – Small Grains (Wheat, Canola, Rye)
Field Grown and Ornamental Nursery crops have unique crop years. As a result, they also have unique crop reporting deadlines. Below are the crop year period and the acreage reporting deadline:
Nursery Crop Year 2014—-June 1, 2013 through May 31, 2014
2014 Nursery Crop Reporting Deadline (field grown and container)—May 31, 2013
For Christmas Trees: Nursery Crop Year 2014 — October 1, 2013 through September 30, 2014
2014 Christmas Tree Crop Reporting Deadline — September 30, 2013
Producers who have been prevented from planting, because of a natural disaster, should also consider filing acreage reports and Notice of Prevented Planting. Prevented Planting does not include land or acreage not planted due to management decisions, land that had a previous or subsequent crop planted that does not meet double-cropping definitions, land where pasture or other forage crops are in place during the time that planting generally occurs, land that was affected by chemical or herbicide residue, land where the producer was unable to find a market for the crop, and other various reasons determined by the County FSA Committee. Producers must complete form CCC-576, Notice of Loss and Application for Payment Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program. Producers must file a notice of prevented planting within 15 calendar days after the final planting date for the crop.
The office staff recommends that you call the office at 931-728-2472 prior to your visit so that the staff can have maps of your farms ready when you come in.