December 16, 2009
Dec. 25: Deadline For Reporting Losses on Unharvested Crops
Crops Either Delayed in Harvest or Unharvestable May be Eligible for Crop Insurance
New York State Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker today alerted producers that December 25, 2009 is the deadline for notifying their crop insurance agent to file a notice of loss and request an extension of time for unharvested acreage or delayed harvests due to bad weather. Insurance policies require that a notice of loss must be filed no later than 15 days after the end of the insurance period, which is December 10, 2009 for grain corn, grain sorghum and soybeans.
“If you still have corn or soybeans in the field, you could be eligible for this extension of your crop insurance coverage,” the Commissioner said. “This provision in your crop insurance policy could help cover any loss of quality or reduced yields due to inclement weather. You may also have a chance to cover revenue losses if you chose revenue coverage in your policy. But most importantly, you must contact your crop insurance agent before December 25 and file a notice.”
Producers with unharvested production or delayed harvest of spring planted crops due to bad weather are encouraged to file a Notice of Crop Damage with their crop insurance agent and request a copy for their files. Delayed harvesting because of adverse weather is an insured cause of loss. The crop loss could be eligible for a crop insurance loss payment, but the notice must be received no later than 15 days after the end of the insurance period, which is December 10, 2009 for grain corn, grain sorghum and soybeans. Make sure to ask for a copy of the notice for your records.
After reporting the loss, you may then continue to carry out normal and customary harvesting practices. Additional information on coverage of unharvested production or delayed harvests because of adverse weather can be found at http://www.rma.usda.gov/pubs/2009/delayedharvestwet.pdf . Producers are also encouraged to contact their crop insurance agent directly.
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