The deadline is Thursday, Feb. 28, for Arkansas producers to make all crop insurance decisions for spring crops, said Henry English, director of the Small Farm Program at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.


English reminds growers that they have until Feb. 28 to apply for crop insurance for row crops such as soybeans, corn, sorghum, cotton and rice. Current policyholders have until then to make any changes to their existing policies, according to a press release.


Arkansas tomato growers can also purchase crop insurance even though fresh market tomatoes are not a row crop. Tomato growers must make similar decisions by March 15, English said.


Farmers must notify their crop insurance agent in writing by Feb. 28 to cancel their crop insurance. If producers do nothing, their current level of insurance will roll over.


“Now is not the time to be canceling crop insurance,” English said. “With changing weather patterns, the opposite is true. Crop insurance provides protection against crop production losses due to natural disasters such as drought, excessive moisture and decreases in revenue.”


A list of crop insurance agents is available at all U.S. Department of Agriculture Service Centers or on the Risk Management Agency (RMA) website. Producers can also use the RMA’s online Cost Estimator to obtain an estimate of their premium amount due, according to the release.


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