ST PAUL - Minnesota farmers in many area counties have an extended deadline of July 15 to report their "prevented plant" acres - land they intended to plant this spring but could not due to weather.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency granted the extension to give producers affected by spring flooding and excessive moisture more time.

"Producers need to report prevented plant acres to retain eligibility for FSA program benefits," Joe Martin, State Executive Director said. "In many areas of the state, excessive moisture has made it challenging for producers to get into their fields to plant and this deadline extension provides reporting flexibility."

Normally, the prevented plant reporting deadline is 15 calendar days after the final planting date for a crop as established by FSA and the Risk Management Agency.

The prevented plant reporting deadline extension to July 15 only applies to FSA and does not change any Risk Management Agency deadline requirements for crop insurance reporting.

The extension was granted to about 60 counties including Big Stone, Chippewa, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Meeker, Pope, Renville, Redwood, Swift and Yellow Medicine.

The new deadline coincides with the July 15 FSA crop acreage reporting deadline that is already in place.

The extension does not apply to crops covered by FSA's Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program. Producers should check with their local FSA office regarding prevented planting provisions for those crops.

Producers are encouraged to contact their local FSA office as soon as possible to make an appointment to report prevented plant acres and submit their spring crop acreage report.