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FSA extends deadline for farmers to report prevented planting in Minn., Dakotas

By Jonathan Knutson

Forum News Service

The North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota Farm Service Agency state offices have extended prevented-planting reporting deadlines to July 15 to coincide with the final acreage reporting date.

Montana FSA has not received any requests to extend the deadline and consequently has not done so. The state office will consider an extension, however, if it receives a request to do so, Bruce Nelson, state executive director, tells Agweek.

Prevented planting is much less of an issue in Montana this year than it is in the Dakotas, he says.

The late, cold spring has delayed planting in Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota, which is why the deadline was approved in those states, FSA says.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, of which the FSA is an arm, requires farmers who request prevented planting credit to report the applicable acreage within 15 calendar days after the final planting date for the crop. Final planting dates vary by crop, but typically they are all well before July 15, according to FSA.

FSA officials encourage farmers with questions about prevented planting to check with their crop insurance agents and local FSA offices.

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