(BOZEMAN, Mont.) – USDA Farm Service Agency State Executive Director Bruce Nelson reminds Montana producers of the July 15, 2015 acreage reporting deadline for spring crops.
“In order to comply with FSA program eligibility requirements and avoid late file fees, all producers are encouraged to visit their local FSA office to file an accurate, timely crop certification report,” Nelson said.
The following 2015 acreage reporting dates apply for producers in Montana:
July 15, 2015: for Spring Seeded Alfalfa Seed, Forage Seeding, Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), Fruit (except cherries), Vegetables, Christmas Trees, and all Spring-Seeded Crops and any other crops not required to be reported by previously announced deadlines
Jan. 15, 2015: Established Stand Alfalfa Seed, Fall Alfalfa Seed, Cherries
Jan. 2, 2015: NAP Honey (or within 30 calendar days of the date colonies of bees are acquired, brought into, or removed from the county)
Nov. 15, 2014: Apiculture, Perennial Forage, Pasture, Rangeland & Forage (PRF) including Native Grass, Fall Wheat (Hard Red Winter – HRW), and all other Fall-Seeded Small Grains
The following exceptions apply to the above acreage reporting dates:
If the crop has not been planted by the above acreage reporting date, then the acreage must be reported no later than 15 calendar days after planting is completed.
If a producer acquires additional acreage after the above acreage reporting date, then the acreage must be reported no later than 30 calendars days after purchase or acquiring the lease. Appropriate documentation must be provided to the county office.
If a perennial forage crop is reported with the intended use of “cover only,” “green manure,” “left standing,” or “seed,” then the acreage must be reported by July 15th.
For Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) policy holders, the acreage reporting date for NAP covered crops is the earlier of the dates listed above or 15 calendar days before grazing or harvesting of the crop begins.
Any crop reported after the applicable deadline for the crop will be considered late-filed and late-filed fees may be assessed.
Producers are encouraged to contact the local FSA county office right away to complete your 2015 acreage report.
Source: Montana FSA