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Acreage reporting dates set

SPRINGFIELD – Producers now have until Jan. 15 to report crops that have a Dec. 15, acreage reporting deadline without paying a late-file fee.

Crops under this waiver include fall seeded small grains and perennial forage. The Risk Management Agency did not grant a waiver, so producers need to consult their crop insurance agent for deadlines for insured crops.

In order to comply with Farm Service Agency program eligibility requirements, all producers are encouraged to visit their local county FSA service center to file an accurate crop certification report by the applicable deadline.

Additional 2014 acreage reporting dates applying to Illinois:

Jan. 2: honey.

Jan. 15: apples, asparagus, blueberries, caneberries, cherries, grapes, nectarines, peaches, pears, plums, and strawberries.

July 15: all other crops and cabbage planted March 15 to May 31.

Aug. 15: cabbage planted June 1 to July 20.

The following exceptions apply to the above acreage reporting dates:

If the crop has not been planted by the above acreage report 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 complete.

If a producer acquires additional acreage after the above acreage reporting date, then the acreage must be reported no later than 30 calendar days after purchase or acquiring the lease. Appropriate documentation must be provided to the county office.

If a perennial forage crop has an 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 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 either RMA coverage (if available) of NAP for 2014 forage crops.

Late file fees will be assessed for 2013 crops reported after Sept. 15 and 2014 crops (with a Dec. 15, 2013, acreage reporting dated) reported after Jan. 15.

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