2011-11-03 / Local & State

Prevented Planting And Failed Acreage Application Reminder

Farmers and producers in Pennsylvania who were prevented from planting fall crops because of a natural disaster are reminded to report the acreage to the Farm Service Agency (FSA) within 15 calendar days after the final planting date. Pennsylvania has county-specific prevented planting deadline dates for fall planted crops and intended uses. All producers with prevented planting acreage are encouraged to contact their local FSA county office for specific information and application deadline dates.

Prevented planting is the inability to plant the intended crop acreage with the proper equipment during the established planting period for the crop type because of a natural disaster. To be considered timely filed, producers who request prevented planting acreage credit must report the acreage on an FSA-578 and complete a manual CCC- 576, part B within 15 calendar days after the final planting date.

In light of the recent flooding in many areas of Pennsylvania, producers are also reminded to report failed acreage to their local FSA county office. Failed acreage is acreage that was timely planted with the intent to harvest, but because of disaster-related conditions, the crop failed before it could be brought to harvest. To be approved for failed acreage credit, the acreage must have been reported as failed acreage before the disposition of the crop; and the acreage must have been planted under normal conditions but failed as the result of a natural disaster and not a management decision. To request failed acreage credit, producers must report the acreage on the FSA-578 and complete a CCC-576, part B.

For more information, visit us on the Web at www.fsa.usda.gov/pa or contact your local FSA county office.

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