Ag report: Dec. 6, 2013

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By The Staff

USDA adjusts

crop filing dates

Kentucky USDA Farm Service Agency announced that producers now have until Jan. 15 to report crops that have a Nov. 15-Dec. 15 reporting deadline without having to pay a late-file fee. Crops under this waiver include wheat and native and improved grasses intended for grazing or haying.

The following acreage reporting dates are applicable for Kentucky:
Dec. 15: Barley, canola (fall), oats, rye, annual rye grass, wheat.

Jan. 2:  Honey
Jan. 15:  Apples, blueberries, caneberries, cherries, chestnuts, grapes, peaches, pears, pecans, plum, rhubarb.
May 1, 2014:  Nursery.
May 31, 2014:  Final date to report small grains planted acreage, including small grains planted on CRP acreage.
July 15, 2014:  Alfalfa, beans, beets, broccoli, cabbage, canola-spring, cantaloupe, carrots, cauliflower, clover, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, gourds, grass,  greens, herbs, lettuce, mixed forage, oats-spring, onions, peas, peppers, potatoes, pumpkins, radish, sorghum, soybeans, squash, strawberries, sunflowers, sweet  potatoes, teff, tomatoes, turnips, watermelons.
Sept. 30:  Christmas trees, crustaceans, finfish, flowers, ginseng, grass-sod.
There are exceptions based on when a crop was planted, additional acreage requirements and if a forage crop is reported as a cover crop.

Additionally, producers can purchase both NAP and RMA coverage for 2014 annual forage crops. NAP coverage will not be available for 2015 annual forage crops.

For questions regarding crop certification and crop loss reports, please contact the FSA office on Breighton Boulevard in Shelbyville.


FSA farm storage loans

The FSA also reminded farmers and ranchers that Farm Storage Facility Loans are available. These low-interest loans to grain producers to build new or upgrade existing storage facilities and permanent drying and handling equipment.

Farm storage facility loans must be approved before site preparation, equipment purchase or construction and must be secured by a promissory note and security agreement. The new maximum principal loan amount is $500,000. Participants are required to provide a down payment of 15 percent, with CCC providing a loan for the remaining 85 percent of the net cost of the eligible storage facility and permanent drying and handling equipment.
Contact the FSA office or visit the web at www.fsa.usda.gov/ky.

Bulletin board

  • Kentucky Round-Up, an annual event sponsored by the Kentucky Horse Council that celebrates horses with live demonstrations, hands-on activities and educational exhibits, will be Feb. 15-16 at the Alltech Arena in the Kentucky Horse Park.


The Kentucky Ag Report is compiled weekly from news releases distributed by Keeton Communications, the Kentucky Press News Service.