FSA Notes

Following are some reminders from area Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices:

2006 Crop Acreage Reports must be filed by July 15 at county FSA offices in order to avoid penalties and late fees. All crop producers that are enrolled in the 2006 DCP Farm Program must file a 2006 Acreage Report to be eligible for DCP payments. Even producers that are not enrolled in the 2006 DCP program will probably want to report their 2006 crop acreage to the county FSA office in order to remain eligible for price support programs through FSA, including CCC crop loans and loan deficiency payments (LDPs) for the 2006 crop year. Many crop insurance agents also want farm operators to provide them with a copy of the FSA Acreage Report.

Producers are reminded that they must sign FSA Form CCC-633EZ at county FSA offices to be eligible for LDP benefits on the 2006 crop. This form can be signed anytime before harvest, but could be signed at the same time a farm operator does their 2006 Crop Acreage Report.

Farm operators are reminded to remember fruit and vegetable restrictions as they report their 2006 crop acreage at FSA offices. Producers on farms with a fruit and vegetable history can plant these crops on crop base acres; however, the fruit and vegetable acres are not eligible for DCP payments in 2006. Producers without a fruit and vegetable history cannot plant these crops on crop base acres, or they will be assessed penalties by the FSA Office, or could possibly have their entire DCP contract and all payments terminated. If soybeans are double-cropped after peas, and are planted by July 5, the fruit and vegetable restrictions do not apply.

Call Before You Hall. This is just reminder that producers must get a marketing authorization from the county FSA office prior to moving any grain that is currently under a 9-month CCC loan from farm storage to a grain elevator, ethanol plant or other grain facility. A large number of CCC corn and soybean loans will be maturing in July, August and September, and producers may have priced the grain into the late summer market during a period of stronger grain prices a few weeks ago.

Producers are reminded to check their grain bins and run aeration fans periodically. During periods of widely fluctuating temperatures and high humidity, hot spots can form in grain quite quickly causing grain to go out of condition. Also, the incidence of stored grain insects usually increases during the summer months. Checking grain bins on a regular basis and good management can help producers avoid serious problems with farm-stored grain.

Editors note: Kent Thiesse is a former University of Minnesota Extension educator and now is Vice President of MinnStar Bank, Lake Crystal, MN. You can contact him at 507-726-2137 or via e-mail at kent.thiesse@minnstarbank.com.