Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor | Richard A. Ball, Commissioner
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August 29, 2013

Winter Wheat and Barley Crop Insurance Purchasing Deadline Fast Approaching

State Agriculture Commissioner Darrel J. Aubertine today reminded New Yorkers that September 30, 2013, 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.

“While the federal crop insurance program is voluntary, I encourage all farmers to consider this important protection,” Commissioner Aubertine said. “Crop insurance is a great way to protect crops against weather-related disasters.”

In 2012, New York State farmers purchased 609 winter wheat policies, insuring 58,995 acres for $15.4 million in coverage.  This covered 54% of the crop planted last year.  For those with coverage, 167 separately insured units have been reported as filing winter wheat crop insurance claims.  There were 15,000 acres of winter barley planted in 2012, up 50% from the year before, of which 1,036 acres were insured. 

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 also call the Department of Agriculture and Markets at 1-800-554-4501 for a print copy of agents in their county, or ask for one at their county FSA office.

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