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AGRICULTURE

Due date changes for crop acreage reporting

Nov 08, 2012

Gretchen McLain county executive director for the Jefferson County Farm Service Agency announced a change in Iowa’s crop acreage reporting dates for the 2013 crop year for all fall seeded cover crops as well as forage crops.

Producers of perennial forage crops (grass, hay, alfalfa, and pasture) must submit a 2013 acreage report for those crops by Dec. 15, as well as all fall seeded wheat and other fall seeded small grains. Late-filed fees will not be assessed if reported by June 30. This also is the same date for these crops to be reported to crop insurance agent when carrying federal crop insurance.

“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 McLain. “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 Dec. 15 deadline. All fall-seeded small grain acreage, such as winter wheat, barley and oats, also must be reported by the Dec. 15 deadline.

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 our nation’s water resources.

“Many producers are learning more about cover crops and the benefit cover crops have to their operation,” McLain 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.”

McLain said the change in crop acreage reporting dates was the result of a combined effort of FSA and the Risk Management Agency 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.

For information or to make an appointment, call 472-2558.

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