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Harvest crop insurance checklist

STEVE JOHNSON 09/20/2011 @ 2:35pm Farm Management Specialist with ISU Extension housed in Polk County, Iowa. Areas of expertise include crop marketing, grain contracts, government farm programs, crop insurance, farmland leasing and other crop risk management strategies. Reach Steve by e-mail at sdjohns@iastate.edu.

The 2011 growing season saw extreme weather conditions that will likely result in yield variability across the Corn Belt, even within a field. A large number of producers have already filed loss claims with their crop insurance agents and are expecting to receive indemnity payments following harvest.

Information from the USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA) indicates that of all Iowa’s insured acres in 2011, about 90% were covered with Revenue Protection (RP). Revenue Protection replaced the Crop Revenue Coverage (CRC) and Revenue Assurance (RA) products beginning in 2011.  This type of farm-level coverage bodes well for Iowa farmers receiving loss payments since RP guarantees both yield and price. It uses the higher of the projected price versus the harvest price to determine the revenue guarantee used to calculate a potential loss payment.

Harvest prices will be determined in the month of October by using the average futures price closes for December corn and November soybean futures contracts. These prices will be compared to the projected price determined in the month of February, and the higher of the 2 prices used to calculate loss payments. This price multiplied times the actual production history (APH) times the level of coverage elected determines the revenue guarantee. The actual revenue will then be subtracted from the revenue guarantee to determine the final loss payment.

Special attention to detail prior to and during harvest is recommended to maximize your future crop insurance coverage and obtain potential loss payments for 2011.

Consider these 5 reminders:

  1. Notify your agent within 72 hours after discovering damage to a crop.
  2. Keep production records by unit (by crop, by farm name).
  3. Track bushels fed from 2011 production.
  4. Report your actual production history (APH) immediately following harvest.
  5. Crop insurance loss payments are reportable income in the year received, but can be deferred.

Always practice good communication skills with your crop insurance agent and notify them of any questions you might have.

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