SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois farmers and landowners are reminded by the Illinois Farm Service Agency that the 2013 acreage and crop reporting deadline is July 15. That also is the deadline for prevented and failed acreage for crop year 2013.

Acreage reports are required for many FSA programs. For 2013 spring-planted crops, acreage reports must be filed by July 15.

Conservation Reserve Program acres also must be certified annually, and the July 15 deadline applies to that, as well. Failure to certify that CRP acreage remains in compliance with the program’s regulations can result in loss of annual payment. Late filing fees of $46 per farm apply after the deadline.

Normally, prevented acreage must be reported within 15 days of the final planting date for the crop. For 2013, the FSA deadline has been extended until July 15. Failed corn and soybeans must be reported before disposition of the crop, but no later than July 15.

Starting with the 2013 crop year, the acreage reporting date for perennial forage crops — alfalfa, hay and grass waterways for forage — and fall-seeded small grains was Dec. 15, 2012. A grace period has been approved through July 15 without the assessment of late fees.

However, there is no-late-fee waiver for crop-year 2014 perennial forage and fall-seeded grains. The deadline is Dec. 15, 2013.