FSA has implemented a new certification deadline for certain crops that is much earlier than it was in past years. Producers with perennial grasses or legumes they intend to harvest for hay or graze at any time in 2014 needed to have certified this acreage with FSA by Jan. 15 (extended from Dec. 15). Small grains that were seeded in the fall of 2013 need to be certified by Jan. 15 regardless of the intended end use. Many producers also have fall seeded small grain cover crops that will be destroyed in the spring prior to planting another crop. These cover crops also have a Jan. 15 reporting deadline.
Crops and their intended use must be certified timely to avoid being assessed a late filing fee of $46 per farm. If you have any questions regarding the new reporting dates, please do not hesitate to contact the Monroe-Appanoose FSA office at (641) 932-7134.