Deadline nears for filing feed-grain acreage reports

Aug. 14 is the deadline for producers participating in several U.S. Department of Agriculture support programs to file final acreage reports on farms that plant feed grains. Grains include corn, soybeans and sorghum and annually harvested hay crops such as alfalfa, brome and native grass mixtures.

The acreage reports are required each year through 2012 for all planted farm cropland acres as a condition to receiving loan payments through Direct & Counter-Cyclical, Average Crop Revenue Election, Conservation Reserve Program, Loan Deficiency Payments and Commodity Credit Corp.

Producers are expected to identify field boundaries and locations on aerial maps where crops are planted, as well as provide actual planting dates.

In addition, if producers have yet to enroll their farms into a DCP or ACRE contract, they can do so no later than Aug. 14.

Acreage reports or certifications are accepted from farm operators, owners or persons with authorized power of attorney for either.

Those who have not yet reported should contact the Marion County Farm Service Agency office at 620-382-3714 to schedule an appointment soon.

Late-filed acreage reports may be accepted after the Aug. 14 deadline, but mandatory fees must be charged.

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