Extensions available for crop insurance deadlines

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Posted: Nov 13, 2009 12:13 PM

The state Agriculture Department says wet conditions have delayed what looks like a near-record harvest for many South Dakota farmers and raised concerns about a Dec. 10 harvest deadline for crop insurance.

In a release, the department says farmers who can't harvest their crops due to weather conditions might be able to ask for additional time from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Risk Management Agency.

State Agriculture Secretary Bill Even says farmers need to contact their crop insurance agents to report losses and ask for more time to harvest in order to protect their crop insurance coverage.

The release says farmers should document weather conditions and all actions taken in order to receive accurate claim payments if applicable.