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Farmers have until Friday to report notice of crop damage

December 21, 2009

ANNAPOLIS - Agriculture Secretary Buddy Hance reminds farmers who were unable to harvest spring-planted crops due to adverse weather to file a notice of crop damage with their crop insurance agent. Crop insurance policies require that notice of loss must be filed no later than 15 days after the calendar date for the end of the insurance period.

In Maryland, Dec. 10 was the end of the insurance period for grain corn, grain sorghum and soybeans. That means farmers have until Friday to report losses.

Farmers should contact their crop insurance agent to report a loss, indicating that harvesting is delayed because of adverse weather, which is an insured cause of loss. Farmers should also ask for a copy of the notice for their records and then should continue to carry out normal and customary harvesting practices, when possible.

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, 25 percent of Maryland's soybeans had not been harvested by Dec. 6. Ten percent of the corn had not been harvested due to wet conditions.

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