(WAUSAU, WISCONSIN), May 2, 2012 – With spring planting underway across Wisconsin, the Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds producers to timely report any prevented or failed acreage to their local office.
Prevented planting acreage, or acreage that could not be planted because of wet field conditions or other natural disaster, should be reported to FSA within 15 days of the final planting date of the crop. This includes crops covered by crop insurance or the Non-insured Assistance Program (NAP) and crops without insurance coverage. Producers should contact the Marathon County FSA office or crop insurance agent to verify final planting dates for all crops since they vary among counties and crop types.
Failed acreage not covered by crop insurance should be reported to FSA before plowing up the failed crop and replanting. Producers with crop insurance may report failed acreage by the July 15 crop reporting deadline by providing crop insurance documentation such as a loss claim to their local FSA office.
For crop losses on crops covered by the Non-insured Assistance Program (NAP), producers must contact their local FSA office within 15 days of the occurrence of the disaster or when losses become apparent to file a Notice of Loss. Producers with crop insurance should contact their local agent when losses occur and before destroying the crop.
To report prevented or failed acreage, producers must complete Form CCC-576, Notice of Loss for interested crops. Reporting prevented or failed acreage to FSA will ensure compliance with current farm programs, and possible eligibility for future disaster programs.
If a producer misses the reporting deadline for prevented planting, they may still report prevented planting acreage as long as the disaster condition may be verified by a field visit.
Producers may contact the Marathon County FSA office at 715-848-2330 if they have any questions about prevented and failed reporting or visit www.fsa.usda.gov.