Wheat and other small grains are beginning to be planted around the county now that the ground has dried out a little.
This will probably allow for some early grazing of small grains pasture.
As a reminder, the final planting date for wheat and other small grains is Nov. 30.
However for the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program or NAP, the final planting date for wheat and small grains intended for grazing is Oct. 10.
Producers with NAP coverage for small grains that plant after that date will receive a reduction in coverage as follows:
* 5 percent for any fields planted 1-5 days after Oct. 10
* an additional 1 percent per day for days 6-20 after Oct. 10.
Fields planted Oct. 31 or later will be considered ineligible for NAP coverage.
Grass pasture acreage must be reported to the Farm Service Agency or FSA office no later than Nov. 15.
This is a short deadline, but FSA is here to help.
A new form (FSA-578 C) has been developed, which gives producers the ability to report the acreage this year and it is considered reported or certified for future years unless the interest in the land changes (new owner, shares change, etc.)
With the FSA-578 C, the majority of producers won’t have to report grass acreage early every year unless a change occurs.
Ask FSA for more details. Be safe while in the field and have a great week.
* Nov. 15 — final date to report all grass acreage (for hay or grazing). Ask about continuous certification on FSA-578 C.
* Nov. 30 — NAP sales closing date for grass or mixed forage hay and pecans.
* Jan. 15 — final date to report all small grain acreage.
* March 15 — NAP sales closing date for 2017 warm season grasses and spring or summer crops.
For more information about FSA programs or eligibility for benefits including NAP, contact the Jackson County FSA office at 580-482-4312, ext. 2.
Reach Carl Josefy at email@example.com or 580-482-4312.