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Attention Farmers: File Crop Acreage Reports will be due on July 15

If you plant corn, soybeans, or hay in Moore County, be aware that your crop acreage reports after spring planting will be due on July 15. (File Photo)

LOCAL AGRICULTURAL NEWS | Moore County agricultural producers who have not yet completed their crop acreage reports after spring planting should make an appointment with the Marshall/Bedford/Moore County Farm Service Agency (FSA) before the applicable deadline, which is July 15. An acreage report documents a crop grown on a farm or ranch and its intended uses. Filing an accurate and timely acreage report for all crops and land uses, including failed acreage and prevented planted acreage, can prevent the loss of benefits.

Local farmers who produce corn, soybeans, hay, and pastures should make note of the deadline.

Service Center staff continue to work with agricultural producers via phone, email, and other digital tools. Because of the pandemic, some USDA Service Centers are open to limited visitors. Contact the Marshall/Bedford/Moore County FSA office to set up an in-person or phone appointment.

To file a crop acreage report, you will need to provide:

  • Crop and crop type or variety.
  • Intended use of the crop.
  • Number of acres of the crop.
  • Map with approximate boundaries for the crop.
  • Planting date(s).
  • Planting pattern, when applicable.
  • Producer shares.
  • Irrigation practice(s).
  • Acreage prevented from planting, when applicable.
  • Other information as required

There are a couple of exceptions to the acreage reporting date. If the crop has not been planted by the acreage reporting date, then the acreage must be reported no later than 15 calendar days after planting is completed. If a producer acquires additional acreage after the acreage reporting date, then the acreage must be reported no later than 30 calendar days after purchase or acquiring the lease. Appropriate documentation must be provided to the county office.

Producers should also report crop acreage they intended to plant, but due to natural disaster, were unable to plant. Prevented planting acreage must be reported on form CCC-576, Notice of Loss, no later than 15 calendar days after the final planting date as established by FSA and USDA’s Risk Management Agency.

Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) policy holders should note that the acreage reporting date for NAP-covered crops is the earlier of the dates listed above or 15 calendar days before grazing or harvesting of the crop begins.

For questions or information, Moore County farmer should contact Moore County’s local service center in Lewisburg or the office in Fayetteville. You can find contact information for all area USDA Service Centers by clicking here. •

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