Prevented planting acreage, acreage which was intended to be planted but couldn’t because of an eligible natural occurrence, must be reported on form FSA-576, Notice of Loss, no later than 15 calendar days after the applicable crop’s final planting date.


Otero and Crowley counties have experienced well above average precipitation beginning in late April throughout the 2017 spring planting season. In some cases producers may not have been able to plant all their intended acreage or acreage already planted may have failed due to the excessive moisture, low level flooding or hail. Producers are reminded to report prevented planting and failed acres to their Farm Service Agency office timely in order to establish or retain FSA program eligibility.

Prevented planting acreage, acreage which was intended to be planted but couldn’t because of an eligible natural occurrence, must be reported on form FSA-576, Notice of Loss, no later than 15 calendar days after the applicable crop’s final planting date.

Otero & Crowley FSA Final Planting Dates

Beans – Dry June 20

Beets, Red July 14

Cantaloupes June 15

Corn – Sweet June 25

Cucumbers June 30

Grain Sorghum June 15

Pumpkins July 5

Sorghum Fg July 15

Sorghum, Dual July 1

Sorghum, Dual July 15

Soybeans June 25

Squash June 25

Sunflowers June 15

Watermelon June 10

FSA procedure requires that Prevented planted acres reported more than 15 days after that crops final plant date are to be considered as late filed and therefore subject to a late filing fee of $46.00 per farm and must either be verifiable by a farm visit which confirms the eligible disaster condition, or by RMA data which was reported timely and supports the prevented planting information on the FSA-578.

It is important for producers to report failed acreage to FSA, specifically in cases where the acreage is a complete loss or where the acreage will be destroyed and/or planted to a subsequent crop. In general, failed acreage should be reported to FSA prior to disposition of the crop with the exception of crops covered by the Non-Insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP). Crops with NAP coverage must be reported within 15 days of the occurrence of the disaster or when losses become apparent. Any NAP crop that has failed must follow NAP guidelines before it can be grazed, abandoned, or destroyed. Producers should timely file a Notice of Loss for failed acres on all crops including grasses.

FSA office staff encourages producers to report their planted acres as soon as possible. Some producers may want to consider filing a partial report with the acres planted up to this date thus reducing the time needed to complete final report after later crop planting is completed, usually feed and forage sorghum. Please contact the Otero Crowley FSA office to schedule your Acreage Reporting appointment at 719-254-7672.