Carol Sanders | School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences
Feb. 28 is the deadline for Arkansas producers to make all crop decisions for spring crops.
Dr. Henry English, director of the Small Farm Program at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, reminds growers that they have until Feb. 28 to apply for Whole – Farm Revenue Protection and insurance coverage on corn, cotton, grain sorghum, peanuts, rice and soybeans. Current policyholders have until then to make any make changes to their existing policies.
Arkansas tomato growers can also purchase crop insurance even though fresh market tomatoes are not a row crop. Tomato growers must make similar decisions, but they have until March 15 to do so, said Dr. English.
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, says Dr. English. 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 website. Producers can also use RMA’s online Cost Estimator to obtain an estimate of their premium amount due.