With recent dry weather conditions in some areas of the state, the Farm Service Agency (FSA) encourages farmers to document and report crop losses or low crop yields to their local FSA county office.
Producers must report crop losses resulting from a weather-related disaster event within 15 days of the disaster or when the loss first becomes apparent, this includes crops covered by crop insurance and the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP). Prevented planting must be reported no later than 15 days after the final planting date.
Crop losses are acres that were timely planted with the intent to harvest, but the crop failed because of a natural disaster. It is important that producers file accurate and timely loss reports to prevent the potential loss of FSA program benefits.
Although low yield acreage does not need to be reported, producers are encouraged to keep good production records on acreage with a low crop yield to document crop losses.
Farmers are reminded that they may revise FSA crop reports free of charge. A crop report revision, however, must be verified by physical evidence of the crop in a field spot check.
In addition, farmers are encouraged to report crop conditions to their county FSA offices so that the information may be used to support the potential request for a disaster declaration.
Additional information in regard to failed crop acreage or crop losses covered by the Non-Insured Assistance Program (NAP) can be obtained by contacting the Marathon County office at 715-848-2330. FSA program information is also available online at www.fsa.usda.gov.