Sandy Chalmers, state executive director of the USDA’s Wisconsin Farm Service Agency (FSA), reminds producers to report failed or prevented planting acres to establish or retain FSA program eligibility.
“FSA offices have been receiving reports of winterkill alfalfa and mixed forage throughout the state,” Chalmers said. “Producers must report those losses before replanting.”
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 disaster – or when losses become apparent – using form FSA-576, Notice of Loss for failed or prevented plant acreage. To be approved, the acreage must have been reported as failed before disposing of the crop. To find final planting dates for insurable crops – which vary by crop and location – visit rma.usda.gov. To learn about final planting dates for noninsurable crops, contact your county office. To find your local FSA office, visit farmers.gov.