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Producers Reminded to Report Prevented Planting, Failed Acres
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 05/13/2019

The director of Wisconsin's Farm Service Agency is reminding producers to report failed or prevented planting acres in order to establish or retain FSA program eligibility. Sandy Chalmers says failed acreage is land 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. And prevented planting is the inability to plant the intended crop acreage with proper equipment by the final planting date for the crop type because of a natural disaster.

"FSA offices have been receiving reports of winterkill alfalfa and mixed forage throughout the state. Producers must report those losses before replanting," said Chalmers.

For losses on crops covered by the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program or crop insurance, producers must file a notice of loss within 15 days of the occurrence of the disaster or when losses become apparent. Producers must file a timely notice of loss on form FSA-576, Notice of Loss, for failed or prevented plant acreage.

To be approved as failed acreage, the acreage must have been reported as failed acreage before the disposition of the crop. Risk Management Agency (RMA) data may be used for failed acreage when reported after the disposition of the crop, if the failed acreage was reported timely to RMA and supports the failed acreage information reported on the FSA-578, Report of Acreage. Prevented planting acreage must be reported on form FSA-576, Notice of Loss, no later than 15 calendar days after the final planting date as established by FSA and the Risk Management Agency.

The final planting dates for crops vary by crop and location. For final plant dates for non-insurable crops please contact your local county office.

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