The problems of the late planting season have been compounded by the cool damp September and the resulting harvest delays will likely result in challenges getting wheat planted on a timely basis this fall.
By Oct. 9, Ohio’s winter wheat was only 5% planted, 47 percentage points behind last year and 36 points behind the five-year average. As farmers face another round of showers on already soggy soils, it could be pushed back even further.
Farmers in Ohio who are prevented from planting wheat because of a natural disaster, must report the acreage to the Farm Service Agency (FSA) within 15 calendar days after the final planting date. Ohio has 2 different deadline dates, either Oct. 20, 2011 or Oct. 31, 2011 depending on which county you farm in.
Producers that farm in 25 counties in Ohio, have until the final planting date of Oct. 31, 2011 to timely plant fall wheat. These counties include: Cuyahoga, Butler, Hamilton, Warren, Clinton, Clermont, Brown, Highland, Adams, Ross, Pike, Scioto, Vinton, Jackson, Lawrence, Gallia, Meigs, Athens, Morgan, Washington, Noble, Monroe, Guernsey, Belmont and Jefferson. Producers and farmers who were prevented from planting wheat by the final planting date in these counties have until November 15, 2011 to visit their local FSA county office and timely report the prevented planting acreage.
Producers that farm in the other 63 counties in Ohio, have until the final Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) planting date of October 20, 2011 to timely plant fall wheat. Producers and farmers who were prevented from planting wheat by the final planting date in these counties have until November 4, 2011 to visit their local FSA county office and report the prevented planting acreage.
Prevented planting is the inability to plant the intended crop acreage with the proper equipment during the established planting period for the crop type because of a natural disaster, (does not include late maturing crops due to the late spring planting of 2011 crops). Producers, who request prevented planting acreage credit must report the acreage on an FSA-578 and complete a manual CCC-576, part B within 15 calendar days after the final planting date.
Visit your local FSA county office if a natural disaster condition has prevented you from planting wheat this fall.