South Dakota FSA April Newsletter

April 2019

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South Dakota FSA Newsletter


South Dakota
Farm Service Agency

200 4th St. SW, Suite 308
Huron, SD 57350

Phone:  605-352-1160
Fax:  855-243-6003

www.fsa.usda.gov/sd

 

State Executive Director:

Paul Shubeck

State Committee:

Mark Gross, Chairman

Tiffany Robertson, Member

Gewn Kitzen, Member

Bill Simonson, Member

Kelsey Ducheneaux, Advisory

Program Managers:

Jamie White
Executive Officer

Owen Fagerhaug
Conservation/Safety Net

Theresa Skluzacek
Program Delivery/Price Support

LaDonna Hupp
Farm Loan


 

To find contact information for your local office go to www.fsa.usda.gov/sd

 

 

Acreage Reporting Dates

In order to comply with FSA program eligibility requirements, all producers are encouraged to visit their local FSA office to file an accurate crop certification report by the applicable deadline.

Acreage reporting dates vary by crop and by county so please contact your local FSA office for a list of county-specific deadlines.

The following exceptions apply to acreage reporting dates:

  • If the crop has not been planted by the applicable acreage reporting date, then the acreage must be reported no later than 15 calendar days after planting is completed.

  • If a producer acquires additional acreage after the applicable acreage reporting date, then the acreage must be reported no later than 30 calendars days after purchase or acquiring the lease. Appropriate documentation must be provided to the county office.

  • If a perennial forage crop is reported with the intended use of “cover only,” “green manure,” “left standing,” or “seed,” then the acreage must be reported by July 15th.Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) policy holders should note that the acreage reporting date for NAP covered crops is the earlier of the applicable dates or 15 calendar days before grazing or harvesting of the crop begins. For questions regarding crop certification and crop loss reports, please contact your local FSA office.

CRP Participants Must Maintain Approved Cover on Acreages Enrolled in CRP and Farm Programs

Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) participants are responsible for ensuring adequate, approved vegetative and practice cover is maintained to control erosion throughout the life of the contract after the practice has been established. Participants must also control undesirable vegetation, weeds (including noxious weeds), insects and rodents that may pose a threat to existing cover or adversely impact other landowners in the area.

All CRP maintenance activities, such as mowing, burning, disking and spraying, must be conducted outside the primary nesting or brood rearing season for wildlife, which for South Dakota is May 1st through August 2nd. However, spot treatment of the acreage may be allowed during the primary nesting or brood rearing season if, left untreated, the weeds, insects or undesirable species would adversely impact the approved cover. In this instance, spot treatment is limited to the affected areas in the field and requires County Committee approval prior to beginning the spot treatment. The County Committee will consult with NRCS to determine if such activities are needed to maintain the approved cover.

In addition, the county FSA Office will be cooperating with the county weed commissioner to jointly complete field visits and spot-checks of CRP acreage. This joint effort usually begins the later part of May and continues through the summer months.

Annual mowing of CRP for generic weed control, or for cosmetic purposes, is prohibited at all times.