Ellis County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Executive Director (CED) Larry Eubank announced that producers who file accurate and timely reports for all crops and land uses, including failed acreage can prevent the potential loss of FSA program benefits.

He urges producers to please pay close attention to the acreage reporting dates below, as some dates have changed for 2014.

“In order to comply with FSA program eligibility requirements, all producers are encouraged to visit the Ellis County FSA Office to file an accurate crop certification report by the applicable deadline,” said Eubank.

The following acreage reporting dates are applicable for Ellis County:

Sept. 30, 2013: Turf grass

Nov.15, 2013: PRF and Perennial Forage

Jan. 15, 2014:  ALL small grains; Peaches; Vetch

March 15, 2014: Potatoes

May 15, 2014: Pecans; Radishes; Squash; Tomatoes; Spring Barley; Spring Oats

July 15, 2014: CRP; Corn; Cotton; Grain Sorghum; Sunflowers; Dual Purpose Sorghum; Sorghum Forage; Pumpkins; Plums; Pears; Millet; Cane Berries and ALL other crops.

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 15.

Eubank said Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) policy holders should note that 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.

Additionally, producers can purchase both NAP and RMA coverage for 2014 annual forage crops. NAP coverage will NOT be available for 2015 annual forage crops.

After Sept. 15, 2013, late-file fees will be assessed for 2013 and 2014 late-file acreage reports.

For questions regarding crop certification and crop loss reports, contact the Ellis County FSA office at 972-937-2660.