To comply with FSA program eligibility requirements, all producers are encouraged to visit the Daviess County FSA office to file an accurate crop certification report by July 15.

Spring seeded crops like corn, soybeans, tobacco, grain sorghum and vegetable crops fall under the July 15 crop reporting deadline. Furthermore, forage crops should also be reported by July 15.

Producers should be prepared to report crops by field and have planting date, crop share and acreage available for the report. Failure to report your crops timely can result in loss of program benefits and late file fees are charged for crop reports received after July 15. Call us at 270-684-9286 for an appointment to avoid wait times.

File a Notice of Loss for Failed Acres and Prevented Planting

USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds producers to report prevented planting and failed acres in order to establish or retain FSA program eligibility for some programs.

Producers should report crop acreage they intended to plant, but due to natural disaster, were prevented from planting. 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 Risk Management Agency (RMA).

For traditional crops in Daviess County, the following RMA plant dates and prevented planting deadline dates are applicable:

Corn -- RMA plant date is May 31 and prevented planting deadline is June 15.

Soybeans -- RMA plant date is (Initial) June 15 and prevented planting deadline is June 30.

Soybeans -- RMA plant date is (double crop) and prevented planting deadline is June 25 July 10.

Grain Sorghum -- RMA plant date is (double crop) is June 10 and prevented planting deadline is June 25.

If a producer is unable to report the prevented planting acreage within the 15 calendar days following the final planting date, a late-filed report can be submitted. Late-filed reports will only be accepted if FSA conducts a farm visit to assess the eligible disaster condition that prevented the crop from being planted. A measurement service fee will be charged.

Additionally, producers with failed acres should also use form CCC-576, Notice of Loss, to report failed acres.

Producers of hand-harvested crops must notify FSA of damage or loss through the administrative County Office within 72 hours of the date of damage or loss first becomes apparent. This notification can be provided by filing a CCC-576, email, fax or phone. Producers who notify the County Office by any method other than by filing the CCC-576 are still required to file a CCC-576, Notice of Loss, within the required 15 calendar days.

For losses on crops covered by the Non-Insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP), producers must file a Notice of Loss within 15 days of the occurrence of the disaster or when losses become apparent. Producers must timely file a Notice of Loss for failed acres on all crops including grasses.

Breaking New Ground

Agricultural producers are reminded to consult with FSA and NRCS before breaking out new ground for production purposes as doing so without prior authorization may put a producer's federal farm program benefits in jeopardy. This is especially true for land that must meet Highly Erodible Land (HEL) and Wetland Conservation (WC) provisions.

Producers with HEL determined soils are required to apply tillage, crop residue and rotational requirements as specified in their conservation plan.

Producers should notify FSA as a first point of contact prior to conducting land clearing or drainage type projects to ensure the proposed actions meet compliance criteria such as clearing any trees to create new cropland, then these areas will need to be reviewed to ensure such work will not risk your eligibility for benefits.

Landowners and operators complete the form AD-1026 -- Highly Erodible Land Conservation (HELC) and Wetland Conservation (WC) Certification to identify the proposed action and allow FSA to determine whether a referral to Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) for further review is necessary.

USDA Service Center Closed July 4

The Owensboro USDA Service Center will be closed July 4 in observance of the Independence Day Government Holiday.

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