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Farmers facing deadline to report damage

September 10, 2009

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- This is the time of year when farmers face multiple deadlines. They are harvesting their spring planted crops and, depending on the yield and revenue potential, they might need to consider the basics of how to report damage to their crop insurance agent. At the same time, they are also making their crop insurance decisions for fall planted crops.

Sept. 30 is the deadline for producers to sign up for federally subsidized crop insurance coverage on fall-seeded crops like winter wheat, barley, oats and forage production.

Meanwhile, the combines are bringing in the corn harvest, with soybeans soon to come.

Producers should check the yield and revenue potential of their spring planted crops.

Remember, it is important to follow the crop damage reporting requirements if a loss is anticipated. The first one to know is that insurance policies require written notice be given to your crop insurance agent, by crop, and by unit/farm, if you suspect there is a loss.

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This must be done within 72 hours of discovery of damage or loss and 15 days before harvest begins.

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