Upcoming Acreage Report
Farm Service Agency policy requires that producers participating in several programs submit an annual report regarding all cropland use on their farms.
Lance Honig with the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service, says some farmers may be unsure of what they will get planted this year, but in collecting data for the upcoming Acreage Report, USDA has been asking for farmers' best estimates.
Farm Service Agency policy requires that producers participating in several programs submit an annual report regarding all cropland use on their farms. These programs include Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC). Reporting also applies to those who receive marketing assistance loans or loan deficiency payments. Failure to file an accurate and timely acreage report for all crops and land uses can result in loss of program benefits. Producers are required to self report all cropland on each farm to FSA annually. FSA uses these data to determine payment eligibility (land must be in an eligible agricultural use to qualify for payments) and to calculate losses for various disaster programs. Data are reported in the following categories: planted; prevented planted; and failed. In addition, the National Agricultural Statistics Service uses FSA planted acreage data to complement their survey data. For more information, visit the NASS website at www.nass.usda.gov.