Due to Wisconsin's weather creating delays in planting, the Wisconsin Farm Service Agency (FSA) is extending the date to timely report prevented plant acreage to July 15, 2013, to coincide with the crop reporting deadline.
Prevented planted acres normally should be reported within 15 days of the final planting date of the crop.
"Wisconsin's weather has created delays in planting, which may result in difficulty of timely reporting prevented acreage," said Brad Pfaff, state executive director.
Pfaff added, "With the extension, producers will be able to file form CCC-576, Notice of Loss for prevented plant acreage at the same time as filing annual acreage reports which are also due by July 15."
Prevented planting acreage, or acreage that could not be planted because of wet field conditions or other natural disaster, should be reported to FSA by July 15.
This includes crops covered by crop insurance or the Non-insured Assistance Program (NAP) and crops without insurance coverage.
Producers should contact their local FSA office or crop insurance agent to verify final planting dates for all crops since they vary among counties and crop types.
To report prevented acreage, producers must complete Form CCC-576, Notice of Loss for interested crops. Reporting prevented or failed acreage to FSA will ensure compliance with current farm programs, and possible eligibility for future disaster programs.
If a producer misses the July 15 reporting deadline for prevented planting, they may still report prevented planting acreage as long as the disaster condition may be verified by a field visit or if the acreage was timely reported to insurance and supports the crop information reported to FSA.
This crop insurance exception does not apply to NAP.
Producers may contact their local county FSA office if they have any questions about prevented acreage reporting or visit www.fsa.usda.gov/wi.