Bill Even, South Dakota secretary of agriculture, urges farmers unable to harvest corn and soybeans by Dec. 10 – the "End of the Insurance Period" deadline for most spring planted crops – to contact their crop insurance agents.
"We are stressing to all of our producers that the most important thing to do is contact their crop insurance agents to report losses and request additional time to harvest in order to protect their crop insurance coverage," Even says. "RMA has done an excellent job of responding to our concerns."
Producers requesting extensions must continue to carry out normal and customary harvesting practices, if possible. Crop insurance policies will cover loss of quality (as specified in the crop provisions), reduced yields and revenue losses if revenue coverage was chosen. The cost of drying the harvested crop is not covered.
Farmers should also document weather conditions and all actions taken in order to receive accurate claim payments.
For more information, contact your local crop insurance agent or visit the RMA Web site at www.rma.usda.gov/NEWS/2009/11/WETHARVEST.HTML