The U.S. Department of Agriculture Lycoming County Farm Service Agency Executive Director Michael Sherman reminds agricultural producers that July 15 is the deadline to file an acreage report for spring seeded crops.
Planted acres must be reported to the Farm Service Agency by July 15.
The Agricultural Act of 2014, also known as the Farm Bill, requires producers on a farm to submit annual acreage reports on all cropland.
"Although some federal farm program enrollments have not yet started, timely acreage reports for all crops and land uses, including prevented and failed acreage that producers submit to their local FSA office, are important to ensure program eligibility," Sherman said.
Acreage reports to the Farm Service Agency are considered timely filed when completed by the applicable final crop reporting deadline, which may vary from state to state.
Perennial forage crops intended for grazing or haying were required to be reported last fall, whereas perennial forage crops with an intended use of cover only, green manure, left standing or seed, must be reported by July 15.
Although July 15 is the most common deadline to report acreage for spring seeded crops, this date may be different in locations with climates that are warmer or cooler than average.
Producers should contact their county Farm Service Agency office if they are uncertain about acreage reporting deadlines.
Sherman said failed acreage must be reported before the disposition of the crop and that prevented acreage must be reported within 15 calendar days after the final planting date for the applicable crop.
For questions on this or any agency program, including specific crop reporting deadlines and planting dates, producers should contact the Lycoming County FSA office at 570-433-3902 or seek information online at www.fsa.usda.gov.