Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Wet Spring

Options for Farmers with Delayed Planting from Wet Conditions

SPOKANE--Cool and extremely wet weather in the inland Northwest has caused crop damage and slowed planting this spring. Dave Paul, Director of USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) Spokane Regional Office, encourages producers faced with questions on prevented planting, replant or crop losses this spring, to contact their agent for more information.

Producers who are unable to plant an insured crop by the final planting date due to an insurable cause, such as excess moisture and flooding have a number of optionsProducers may plant the insured crop during the 25 day late planting period with a reduction in the production guarantee of 1 percent a day for each day planting is delayed after the final planting date.

Producers may leave the acreage idle and receive a full prevented planting payment or the producer may be able to plant the acreage to another crop after the late planting period and receive a reduced prevented planting payment.

"Producers with double cropping history can receive a full prevented planting payment within the guidelines of the policy.

Prevented planting coverage will not be provided for any acreage that does not constitute at least 20 acres or 20 percent of the insurable crop acreage in the unit. Producers need to keep in mind that group policies do not provide prevented planting coverage.

Producers who are unable to plant due to excess moisture need to contact their insurance company to discuss prevented planting policy requirements related to their specific coverage and farming operation.” said Paul. “The producer’s insurance company will make the final determination of acres eligible for prevented planting payments

Paul encourages producers to contact their crop insurance agent for assistance. Producers can also get crop insurance information on the web at:

A list of crop insurance agents is available at all USDA Service Centers throughout the U.S. or at the web site:

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