Crop year means the relevant contract or application year. For example, the 2014 crop year is the year that runs from October 1, 2013, through September 30, 2014, and references to payments for that year refer to payments made under contracts or applications with the compliance year that runs during those dates.
7 CFR § 760.1602
The definitions in this section apply for all purposes of program administration. Terms defined in 760.1502 and 760.1421 of this chapter also apply, except where they conflict with the definitions in this section.