SAINT JAMES, MN, - There have been numerous reports of winter injury and winterkill in area alfalfa stands. Watonwan/Cottonwood FSA Director, Linda Stuckenbroker encourages all producers to take a closer look at their alfalfa fields, if they have not already done so.
If producers determine that their alfalfa stands have failed due to winterkill or injury they should report these losses to their respective county FSA Office immediately.
Producers who wish to request failed acreage credit, as a result of winterkill or any other natural
disaster, must complete a CCC-576 form, Part B within 15 days of becoming aware of the loss and
before the crop’s disposition. They must also be able to prove to the FSA County Committee’s satisfaction that the crop was planted with the intent to harvest using practices consistent for the crop and area; and that the acreage failed because of disaster-related conditions.
The FSA Office has to know the specific crop and the acres that failed on each field. Failed acreage claims may be verified by Crop Insurance data that supports the data on the FSA-578 “Report of Acreage” form, County Committee knowledge that an area is affected by a natural disaster, or by a field visit.
University of Minnesota Extension has a number of resources available to help evaluate winterkilled stands, while also providing various options and recommendations. Please contact the FSA Office if you have questions regarding reporting failed acreages.
Contact - Linda Stuckenbroker (507) 375-3191.