September is the last month for farmers to verify current base acres, yields, and planting history with the Farm Service Agency. The National Corn Grower Association say this is the first step growers will take for the new farm bill's risk management programs.
Farmers should have received a letter from USDA in late July or early August with a report of base acres and yields for their farms. Those figures are supposed to calculate eligibility and payment for crop risk management programs through 2018. Growers have 60 days from the date of the letter to notify their local FSA office if the information is inaccurate.
By mid-winter farmers will have to choose between two risk management programs, Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) for the 2014-2018 crop years.