Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor | Richard A. Ball, Commissioner
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September 18, 2012

Winter Wheat and Barley Crop Insurance

Purchasing Deadline Fast Approaching

State Agriculture Commissioner Darrel J. Aubertine today reminded New Yorkers that September 30, 2012 is the deadline for signing up for winter wheat and barley crop insurance.  Crop insurance includes prevented planting coverage and provides some additional coverage when weather - wet or dry - delays planting beyond recommended planting dates.

“Crop insurance can provide farmers with an insurance payment that covers their cost of production when the weather is not on their side,” said Commissioner Aubertine.  “The federal crop insurance program is voluntary, and is the best option for farmers who want to protect against losses due to drought, flooding, or insect damage.”

In 2011, New York State farmers purchased 603 winter wheat policies, insuring 64,801 acres for $14.3 million in coverage.  This covered 54% of the crop planted last year.  For those with coverage, 174 separately insured units received payments totaling $1.2 million.  There were 10,000 acres of winter barley planted in 2011, of which 1,036 were insured.

Planting a cover crop this fall will not adversely impact crop insurance coverage for spring-planted crops, due to action by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to help farmers produce more forage.  Check with your crop insurance agent for details. Farmers can read the USDA’s new guidance on cover crops and crop insurance at

In addition, the pasture, hay and forage rainfall index crop insurance enrollment date has been changed to November 15, 2012 for the 2013 growing season.  This crop insurance provides coverage against drought only, but is a simplified program that compares historical average rainfall to the rainfall for the months insured by the producer. 

Crop insurance can only be purchased from a licensed crop insurance agent.  USDA provides a listing of all crop insurance agents doing business in New York State on its website at  New Yorkers can call the Department of Agriculture and Markets at 1-800-554-4501 for a print copy of agents in their county.

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