USDA reminds farmers to file crop acreage reports


Farmers who have not yet completed their crop acreage reports after planting should make an appointment with their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office before the applicable deadline. July 15 is a major deadline for most crops, but acreage reporting deadlines vary by county and by crop.

“USDA offers a lot of programs to assist producers, but in order to receive many of these program benefits, you must file an accurate crop acreage report,” FSA Administrator Zach Ducheneaux said.

An acreage report documents a crop grown on a farm or ranch and its intended uses. Filing an accurate and timely acreage report for all crops and land uses, including failed acreage and prevented planted acreage, can prevent the loss of benefits.

Farmers can contact their FSA county office for acreage reporting deadlines that are specific to their county.

Because of the pandemic, some USDA Service Centers are open to limited visitors. Farmers should contact their Service Center to set up an in-person or phone appointment.

To file a crop acreage report, you will need to provide:

Crop and crop type or variety.
Intended use of the crop.
Number of acres of the crop.
Map with approximate boundaries for the crop.
Planting date(s).
Planting pattern, when applicable.
Producer shares.
Irrigation practice(s).
Acreage prevented from planting, when applicable.
Other information as required.
Acreage Reporting Details
The following exceptions apply to acreage reporting dates:

If the crop has not been planted by the acreage reporting date, then the acreage must be reported no later than 15 calendar days after planting is completed.
If a farmer acquires additional acreage after the 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.
Farmers should also report crop acreage they intended to plant but were unable to because of a natural disaster. Prevented planting acreage must be reported on form CCC-576, Notice of Loss, no later than 15 calendar days after the final planting date as established by FSA and USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA).

Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) 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.

For questions about crop acreage reports, farmers should call their FSA county office. To find their FSA county office, they should visit farmers.gov/service-center-locator.

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