Christine White, state executive director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Michigan Farm Service Agency, shared important news with Michigan farmers when she recently announced that the reporting deadline for all prevented planted crops has been extended to correspond with the final crop reporting date.
"This spring, many Michigan farmers have faced the challenge of excess rainfall and tight deadlines," says White. "Extending the closing date for filing a prevented planting claim will give producers more time to make the best decisions for their operations."
Prevented planting is a failure to plant an insured crop by the final planting date designated in the policyholder's crop insurance policy. Normally, the reporting deadline for prevented planting is 15 days after the crop's final planting date.
With the extension, farmers must file a notice of loss (CCC-576) for prevented planting in their county FSA office by July 15. The extension will enable farmers to report their crops and file a prevented planting notice of loss at the same time.
When filing a notice of loss, farmers must establish they made efforts to plant and were prevented from doing so by a natural disaster. The FSA County Committee may require proof of intent to plant by requesting documentation of field preparation, seed purchases and other information. Prior year's planting history will no longer be considered when making a determination for prevented planted acreage claims.
The normal prevented planting deadline will be in effect for the 2012 crop year.
Farmers can get more information by contacting their local USDA FSA Service Center or visiting http://www.fsa.usda.gov.
Weekly crop progress and condition reports are issued every Monday during the agricultural season by the Michigan Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). Find the report on the Crop Progress & Condition home page and click the center link for the most current report now though November, or contact the office at (517) 324-5300.