FSA Notes By Keith L. Zanter Clay County FSA Office 2008 Map and Crop Acreage Reports All farm operators in Clay County should have received their updated FSA farm maps. Producers should review these maps, since corrections have been made due to CRP enrollment, ownership changes, and other record changes. Both the planted acres and planting dates are required to be reported for each field. To save time, please record this information on your FSA farm maps prior to your appointment. Failed acreage must be reported within 15 days of the disaster event and before disposition of the crop. Prevented planting must be reported no later than 15 days after the final planting date. The final planting date for corn is May 31, and final planting date for soybeans is June 10. The final reporting date for all other crops (not prevented or failed) is July 15. Please schedule an appointment to report your acres planted by calling 605-624-7060 #2. Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) CRP participants are required to control noxious weeds on their CRP acres. Itâ�?�?s a violation of state law to allow noxious weeds to mature and spread seed uncontrolled. All producers must comply with state noxious weed laws to be in compliance with USDA programs. Producers not in compliance with these weed laws will be subject to penalties and possible contract termination on the acres in violation. Producers who entered into a CRP contract agreed not to disturb the cover during the primary nesting season (May 1 through August 1). Non-disturbance of the cover includes mechanical or chemical treatment. Any spot treatment that may be needed during the primary nesting period requires written approval from the Clay County Committee. Reporting County Disaster Conditions When physical and/or production losses occur, producers are asked to contact their local FSA officials to provide them with accurate, detailed information. Local FSA officials must complete USDA Flash Reports and forward them to the SD State FSA office in Huron. The state office then forwards them to Washington, DC. Situations to report include: loss of livestock, crops, low yields, hay and feed shortages, flooding, drought, hail, and any other situations that affect the profitability and livelihood of rural South Dakotans.