What Records Do You Need To Keep For Farm Program?

Farmers are encouraged to keep proven yield data - APH yields - by each FSA farm unit number.

Published on: Apr 2, 2010

FAQ: I read in Wallaces Farmer magazine an ISU Extension specialist urging farmers to keep accurate yield records of each field for crop insurance purposes. He stated FSA may use proven crop insurance yields for compiling yield history for USDA's ACRE program. I'm not in ACRE. Why should I keep all those extra yield records for each field?

Answer: Provided by Steve Johnson, Iowa State University Extension farm management specialist.

For purposes of FSA program eligibility, it is a good idea to keep separate yield records for each FSA farm unit number. Even if you are not enrolled in the Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) program now, there may be some future farm program that will require historical yield records. FSA will allow the use of Actual Production History (APH) data that are usually kept by crop insurance units, which often reflects each farm by ownership in a section of land.

However, FSA farm numbers may include more than one crop insurance unit and it is easier to record production separately when the crop is harvested, stored, fed or sold than to try to go back and sort it out several years later.

If you have specific questions or need details regarding USDA farm programs, contact your local USDA Farm Service Agency office. You can also get news and information about DCP, ACRE and other USDA programs at www.fsa.usda.gov.

Two Iowa State University Extension Web sites have farm program information and analysis. They are ISU's Ag Decision Maker site at www.extension.iastate.edu/agdm and ISU Extension Specialist Steve Johnson's site at www.extension.iastate.edu/polk/farmmanagement.htm.

And be sure to read the regular column "Frequently Asked Questions about the Farm Program" that appears in each issue of Wallaces Farmer magazine and at www.WallacesFarmer.com