There are many important dates to remember this time of year. The USDA Karnes County FSA Office wants you to be reminded of the following dates important to local farmers and ranchers.
•May 1 is the final date to report all planted acres of small grain crops; including wheat, oats, rye, or triticale; intended for grain, grazing, or forage.
•June 1 is the final enrollment date for contracts under the Direct and Counter Cyclical (DCP) Program. All signatures from all producers with an interest in the farm or crop must be submitted to the FSA office by the June 1 deadline. Acreage reports for total farmland/cropland are required to complete contract eligibility.
•June 15 is the final date to report all planted crops, perennial grasses, and other land uses including acres under the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP).
•July 29 is the final date to apply for program benefits under the 2009 Supplemental Revenue Disaster Assistance Program. Eligible agricultural producers must meet the Risk Management Purchase Requirement (RMPR) by obtaining crop insurance, Non-Insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP), and/or Pasture, Rangeland, and Forage-Rainfall Index (PRF-RI) for all crops intended for harvest on all farms in all counties. The 2009 SURE program is a revenue based program that encompasses the entire farming operation.
Contact your local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office for additional details or to schedule an appointment. The Karnes County FSA office is located at 491 N. Sunset Strip, Suite 102 in Kenedy, Texas 78119; or call 830-583-3224.
Also be reminded, with the continued dry weather conditions, to file a Notice of Loss for insured crops with your crop insurance agent. Or contact your FSA office to file a Notice of Loss for NAP covered crops within 15 days of the date of disaster or the date disaster conditions become apparent.