When bad weather prevents planting or damages crops, producers should report the acreage to their local FSA office within 15 days of the final planting date of the crop. That's the reminder given by John Stevenson, Ohio State executive director for the Farm Service Agency (FSA).
This applies to all crops, whether covered by crop insurance, not covered by insurance, or covered by FSA's Non-insured Assistance Program (NAP). Final planting dates vary among counties and crop types. Producers who have their crops insured through a private crop insurance company should contact the insurance agent immediately and advise them of the damaged crops. Additionally, a CCC-576, Notice of Loss Application, must be completed in person at your local FSA office, and your prevented and/or failed acres reported. For those crops covered under FSA's NAP, producers should immediately contact their local FSA office to report the acres and file a CCC-576, Notice of Loss Application. "Producers with NAP coverage should report their losses within 15 calendar days of crop damage from natural disaster, so the loss can be appraised and production counted before the crop is put into another use, abandoned or destroyed,' said Stevenson. Crops not covered with a private insurance or NAP policy should still be reported to the local FSA office, and producers should file a Notice of Loss Application. This will provide FSA with a historical record of your crop should disaster assistance become available.