Change in farm service agency acreage reporting dates for 2013 crop year

Denton County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Scott Tiemann reminds producers that the common acreage reporting dates (ARDs) between FSA and the Risk Management Agency (RMA) are in effect for the 2013 crop year.

“Last year a review team consolidated 54 ARDs for RMA and 17 ARDs for FSA into 15 common ARDs,” said Tiemann. “The common reporting dates will reduce the burden on producers and help reduce USDA operating costs by sharing data with partner agencies,” he said.

The following acreage reporting dates are for both FSA and RMA purposes:

-All grasses intended for grazing or forage (hay).  All Barley, Oats, Rye, Triticale and Wheat intended for full season or fall grazing. All mixed forages that have grass and small grains in the mix (MSG, SSG, IGS, NSG): November 15, 2012
-Barley, Rye, Triticale and Wheat intended for spring grazing or forage (hay): December 15, 2012
-Barley, Rye, Triticale and Wheat intended for grain: December 31, 2012
-Oats intended for spring/summer grazing: March 15, 2013
-Oats intended for grain or forage (hay), Pecans: May 15, 2013
-Spring crops; corn, cotton, hay grazer, sorghum, soybeans: July 15, 2013

Producers who file accurate and timely reports for all crops and land uses, including failed acreage can prevent the potential loss of FSA program benefits.

“I encourage all producers to visit the Denton County FSA office to file an accurate crop certification report by the applicable deadline in order to comply with FSA program eligibility requirements,” said Tiemann.

Producers are also reminded to report crop losses insured through Federal Crop Insurance and the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) within 15 days of the disaster or as soon as the loss is apparent.

For questions regarding crop certification and crop loss reports, contact the Denton County FSA office at 940-383-2691.

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