Arkansas growers of winter wheat and oats have until Sept. 30 to decide to purchase crop insurance for the 2018 crop year, officials said.


“As growers see threats of severe storms, they should seriously consider crop insurance to help offset crop losses from natural disasters,” said Henry English, director of the Small Farm Program at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.


According to a press release, federal crop insurance helps farmers recover portions of expected income in case of crop loss or failure due to natural disasters which include drought, tornadoes, hurricanes, wildfires, floods or volcanic eruptions.


The deadline for current policy holders to change or cancel their coverage is also Sept. 30. Growers with insurance who do nothing by Sept. 30 will have the same level of coverage they had the previous crop year. All cancellations must be done in writing, English said.


English also said that Nov. 30 is the final planting date (last day to plant unless insured for late planting) and Dec. 15 is the acreage reporting deadline for policyholders. If not reported by this deadline, insurance will not be in effect, English said.


He advises producers to check with their crop insurance agent for specific details for the 2018 crop year. Details: U.S. Department of Agriculture Service Centers or the Risk Management Agency at www.rma.usda.gov.


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