Farmers reminded to report crops to FSA after planting

Farmers reminded to report crops to FSA after planting South Dakota producers should consider reporting their 2000 crops to their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office as they complete spring planting according to State Executive Director, Michael W. O'Connor.

Local FSA offices provide aerial maps for reporting planted acreage and CRP contract acres.

Acreage reporting requirements depend on what FSA programs a producer participates in. O'Connor said reports are required in the following situations:

* Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acreage must be reported.

* Fruit and vegetable acreage must be reported by producers participating in the seven-year Agricultural Transition Program (AMTA).

* Producers desiring nine-month crop loans or Loan Deficiency Payments (LDP's) after harvest, must report the planted acreage of the program crops produced on farms participating in the AMTA program, (i.e. wheat, corn, grain sorghum, barley and oats) and, all soybean and oilseed crops.

* Acres planted to crops that are not insurable, i.e. alfalfa and hay crops, must be reported in order to be eligible for the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP). NAP provides protection for producers on crops that cannot be insured.

Producers with these situations should contact their local FSA office and make arrangements to report their acreage. Timely reporting is necessary to determine and maintain eligibility for USDA program benefits. Producers reporting after July15 are subject to late filing fees.

"Producers with crops that do not fall into any of the above situations, who wish to maintain an official record of their crop acreage with FSA may voluntarily report their acreage by the July 15 deadline at no cost," O'Connor said.

Producers needing more information about crop reporting, or those wishing to set up an appointment to report, should contact their local FSA office.

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