The deadline to file accurate acreage reports to crop insurance agents and FSA is July 15.
An acreage report is the most important document farmers must provide to file a federal crop insurance claim, according to Steve Worthington, Country Financial crop claims supervisor.
“Any loss payment will be based on the information the producer provides on this form,” Worthington said.
If an acreage report is not completed correctly and on time, it could delay the processing or payment of claims. It’s important farmers spend time with their financial representative or crop specialist to accurately complete the form, Worthington noted.
Farmers should “report their suspected loss as soon as possible,” he said. “This will allow crop adjusters to contact the producer and begin assisting them as well as documenting the loss.”
Once a claim is filed, a crop adjuster will visit each drought-damaged field to appraise the acreage and explain the options.
Farmers who opt to destroy cornfields should contact their adjuster for instructions on leaving test strips so the crop damage can be assessed through the reproductive stage. The adjuster must inspect the crop prior to its destruction.
Crop claims with Country Financial late this week totaled 182, up from about 40 the previous week. The number of claims is expected to continue to rise as crop conditions deteriorate further.
Editor's note: For the latest update on crop conditions around the state, check out our Cropwatchers reports.