What Is The Definition Of "Failed Acreage" For FSA Purposes?

What Is The Definition Of "Failed Acreage" For FSA Purposes?

Any crop that was planted timely, that will not be taken to harvest due to a natural disaster, is considered failed acreage by FSA. You can request failed acreage credit at your local FSA office. However, it is also critical to report these losses to your crop insurance company.

FAQ: I've had areas of fields flood out and either kill the soybeans and corn or severely reduce the yield this year. When was I supposed to report this to my county FSA office?

Answer: Provided by Beth Grabau, public affairs and outreach specialist, with USDA's Farm Service Agency state office in Des Moines.

Failed acreage is acreage that was planted timely with the intent to harvest it, but because of disaster-related conditions, the crop failed before it could be brought to harvest.

A Notice of Loss form, CCC-576, must be filled out at the FSA office within 15 calendar days after the disaster occurrence or date of damage to the specific crop acreage is apparent to the producer.

A producer must be able to prove to the county FSA committee that the crop was planted: 1) with the intent to harvest using farming practices consistent for the crop and area; and 2) the acreage failed because of disaster-related conditions.

Acreage reports for failed crops have to be filed before the disposition or sale of the crop.

If you have specific questions or need details regarding USDA farm programs, contact your local USDA Farm Service Agency office. You can also get news and information about DCP, ACRE and other USDA programs at www.fsa.usda.gov.

Two Iowa State University Extension Web sites have farm program information and analysis. They are ISU's Ag Decision Maker site at www.extension.iastate.edu/agdm and ISU Extension Specialist Steve Johnson's site at www.extension.iastate.edu/polk/farmmanagement.htm.

And be sure to read the regular column "Frequently Asked Questions about the Farm Program" that appears in each issue of Wallaces Farmer magazine and at www.WallacesFarmer.com

TAGS: Soybean USDA
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