New acreage reporting requirements and cover crop information
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[October 29, 2012]
SPRINGFIELD -- Scherrie V.
Giamanco, state executive director for USDA's Illinois Farm Service
Agency, reminds producers of the new acreage reporting requirements
for fall-seeded small grains, forage crops, apples and peaches.
Producers of perennial forage crops (grass, hay, alfalfa and
pasture) and fall-seeded small grains (wheat, rye and barley)
must submit a 2013 acreage report for these crops by Dec. 15.
Producers of apples and peaches must submit a 2013 acreage
report for these crops by Jan. 15. These are also the same dates
for these crops to be reported to your crop insurance agent when
carrying federal crop insurance. For the 2013 crop year only,
late-filing fees will not be assessed if reported by June 30.
In prior years, reports for these crops were not due to the Farm
Service Agency until later in the spring and summer. This change
is part of an initiative at the national level to align acreage
reporting dates between the Farm Service Agency and Risk
All acreage uses must be reported for a farm, including crops
on non-cropland, such as hayed or grazed grassland, and other
cover crops. It is also important to accurately report intended
use of crops. Intended use is used to determine eligibility in
many FSA programs and cannot be revised once reported.
Also, FSA often receives requests for information about how
farmers and ranchers protect the soil and water resources of our
"Producers with cover crops or other crops which protect the
soil through the winter months should be recognized for their
contribution to a better environment," said Giamanco.
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"This year demonstrates the importance of cover crops. These crops
will protect the soil from erosion and hold valuable moisture
through the winter months, as well as being a source of feed or
bedding for livestock," said Giamanco. "In addition to holding
moisture, these crops hold any available nitrogen for next year's
crop instead of letting it slip away into our streams."
Producers should contact their local FSA county office if they
are uncertain about reporting deadlines. In order to meet FSA
program eligibility requirements, producers must submit timely filed
acreage reports. Reports filed after the established deadlines must
meet certain requirements to be accepted, and producers may be
charged late-filing fees.
For more information on FSA crop reporting requirements and other
programs, visit your local FSA office or visit
[Text from file received from
Illinois Farm Service Agency]