(Undated) - Farmers who have seen the timing of planting their crops upset are being given an extension to file their claims with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The USDA’s Farm Service Agency in Indiana says the 2011 reporting deadline for prevented planting has been extended to July 15, the final crop reporting date.
“The tough weather conditions this spring have prevented the timely planting of corn and soybeans. It was imperative that an extension be granted to our Hoosier farmers who experienced weather conditions beyond their control,” said Julia Wickard, the USDA’s state executive director.
Failed acreage of crops planted under normal conditions but failed because of weather conditions, will still need to be reported before the crop is destroyed.
Farmers should contact their local FSA office for more details.
An exception exists if the crop that is prevented from being planted is covered by the Non-Insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP). In this instance, producers must file a notice of loss within 15 days of the final crop planting date to be eligible for a NAP claim.
“We rely on American farmers to produce the food bounty for the kitchen or consumer table and we need to provide them with the tools to get the crop in the soil,” said Wickard.