USDA's Risk Management Agency has offered guidance on its crop insurance procedures to farmers experiencing delayed harvest across the Corn Belt. RMA has posted to its Web site, www.rma.usda.gov, a checklist and explanations to assist farmers who may be impacted by crop losses due to this fall's adverse weather.
National Corn Growers Association President Darrin Ihnen says now that the crop insurance deadline is drawing nearer, growers who can't get into their fields would be well advised to contact their crop insurance agents and report a loss and if needed, request additional time to harvest in order to protect their coverage.
The end of the insurance period for most spring planted crops is Dec. 10, 2009, but the actual date is listed in each producer's policy's crop provisions. RMA notes that the contractual date cannot be extended through the agency. Instead, farmers should review the conditions listed on RMA's Web site that must be met before the crop insurance company is allowed to authorize additional time for harvesting the crop and settlement of any claims.