Today I want to give you several reminders about some FSA program deadlines. We have a lot of activities going on at the FSA office these days, so I wanted to make sure you don’t miss out on anything.
I want to let you know about filing prevented planting and getting all your crops reported timely. First of all, if the recent wet weather and wet field conditions have prevented you from planting all the soybeans that you had intended to plant, you should immediately go to your local FSA office and file prevented planting due to weather conditions.
The deadline to timely file that you were prevented from planting soybeans is the close of business July 6. (You get one extra day this year since all FSA offices will be closed on Monday, July 5, in observance of Independence Day.)
The crop insurance late planting period for soybeans ends July 5, so if you decide to plant after that date, you will not have crop insurance coverage on those fields. Secondly, don’t forget to go to your local FSA office and report all your planted crops. We call this “crop certification” and it is a requirement of most of our FSA programs these days.
The deadline to timely file a crop report for any small grains (I’m referring to wheat, rye, barley, oats, etc.) was June 30. If you missed that date, you can still file a “late” report, but take along your farm checkbook because your FSA office will charge you a nominal fee that covers the cost of a field visit to verify that the crops were actually planted.
The deadline to timely file your crop report for your planted corn, soybeans, vegetables, and most other crops is July 15. If you have not called your FSA office for an appointment, I suggest you put this at the top of your priority list today!
Finally, I want to wish you all a safe and happy Independence Day. Even with all our problems and issues, the United States is truly the best country in the world to live, work, and farm.
Therefore, I hope you make some time over the upcoming holiday weekend to celebrate with family, friends, or neighbors our countries independence. Maybe I’ll see you on your special tractor at the local parade!
That’s all for now,