By Tammy M. Goodyear
County Executive Director
Farm Service Agency
In order to comply with FSA program eligibility requirements, all producers are encouraged to visit the Patrick FSA office to file an accurate crop certification report by the applicable deadline.
Accurate acreage reports are important because an acreage report is the basis for all USDA benefits for the Farm Service Agency (FSA), Natural Resource and Conservation Service (NRCS and the Risk Management Agency (RMA).
Acreage reporting dates for Patrick County are as follows:
- Cabbage (planted 3/16 – 4/15), spring oats, potatoes, tomatoes (planted by 5/15) – May 15;
- Beans (planted 3/4 – 5/25) – June 15;
- Beans (planted 5/26 – 7/10), tomatoes (planted 5/16 – 7/5), and all other crops – July 15;
- Cabbage (planted 4/16 – 7/10) – August 15;
- Beans (planted 7/15 – 9/5) – September 15.
The following exceptions apply to acreage reporting dates:
- If the crop has not been planted by the applicable 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 applicable 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. Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) policy holders should note that the acreage reporting date for NAP covered crops is the earlier of the applicable dates or 15 calendar days before grazing or harvesting of the crop begins.
For questions regarding crop certification and crop loss reports, please contact the Patrick FSA office at (276) 694-3121, extension 2.