Deadline for Spring Crop Acreage Reporting

Farm Credit East reminds growers to report their 2016 Northeast spring crop acreage by July 15, 2016. Farmers need to file their acreage with their crop insurance agent once spring crop planting is complete. The report includes all timely and late planted acreage, prevented planting and uninsurable acreage.

While some spring crops across the northeast are off to a good start, a dry weather pattern is raising the risk for crop stress and potential yield losses if this event is prolonged. If you experience a crop loss it is important to notify your crop insurance agent within 72 hours of discovery. Maintaining detailed records will make for a better claims experience. Claims are typically finalized within 30 days of harvest.

Insurable spring crops include field and vegetable crops such as corn, soybeans, barley, oats, fresh market sweet corn, cabbage, processing beans, processing sweet corn, dry beans, green peas, fresh market beans, tomatoes, tobacco and potatoes. To protect investments in the 2016 crop, spring crop producers signed up for coverage in March.

The crop insurance program has become the backbone of many northeast farms’ risk management plans, providing protection against damage caused by weather, disease, insects or wildlife. Protection is also available if weather prevents the planting of crops or causes the need to replant crops. In addition, some crops can be protected against changing market prices.