Crop reporting dates change for fall seeded small grains
Posted: Tuesday, October 30, 2012 8:00 pm
Obion County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) executive director Glenn P Zarecor Sr. has announced a change in crop acreage reporting dates for the 2013 crop year. The new deadline for reporting fall-seeded small grains is Dec. 15.
“In past years, producers had until the middle of May to report their acreage for wheat and other small grains,” said Zarecor. “The new reporting date is much sooner than the prior dates, so we encourage producers to stop by and make a report.” The reports will be accepted up until Dec. 17 as Dec. 15 falls on a weekend.
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,” Zarecor 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.”
Zarecor said the change in crop acreage reporting dates was the result of a combined effort of FSA and the Risk Management Agency (RMA) 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.
To make an appointment to report crop and forage acreage, contact the Obion County Office at 885-0841 or visit online at www.fsa.usda.gov.
Published in The Messenger 10.30.12