The fall crop reporting deadline in Effingham County is approaching. To participate in certain programs and receive benefits, producers must annually provide the county office with a FSA-578 (crop report) of all cropland acres. The deadline to report this information is December 15th, with a late filed fee assessed for anything reported after.
Acreage reports are required if you participate in the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP), Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), commodity loans and loan deficiency payments (LDP), the new Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP), and the new Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs. The county office can accept acreage reports from the farm operator, farm owner, a person authorized by power of attorney, and tenants and share-croppers. With respect to other tenants and share-croppers, FSA will accept reports only for crop acreage for which the person has a share. CRP acreage must be reported by the CRP participant(s) or an authorized power of attorney.
Also, perennial forage crops such as hay, alfalfa, or grass which are harvested/baled/pastured are required to be reported by December 15th. This would include any grass waterways which are baled. Failure to report these items timely will result in a late file fee being assessed.
Call the Effingham County FSA office at 217-347-7107 extension 2 to make an appointment.