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May 16

Information for producers with unharvested acres and possible delayed seeding – AFSC

Posted on May 16 By: AFSC

This update is current as of Monday, May 15, 2017

Agriculture Financial Services Corporation (AFSC) understands the pressure the unharvested crops have put on our clients as they wait for fields to dry, in order to deal with the unharvested acres from 2016 and seed the 2017 crop.

What is new as of May 15:

• Recommended seeding dates have been extended (see below)

• Unseeded acreage benefit entitlements increased (see below)

Unharvested Acres

Streamlined Processes

AFSC recognizes that there is pressure to respond in a timely manner to wildlife and pre-harvest inspection requests. As a result, AFSC has streamlined inspection processes in order to expedite assessments.

• In certain circumstances, AFSC may complete pre-harvest and wildlife assessments based on declarations from producers, without the need for a field inspection.

• The number of required field counts has been reduced when appraising wildlife damage and potential production on the unharvested acres, relying on the inspector’s judgement to do more counts when required.

• In situations where AFSC has determined a crop is unharvestable (e.g. severely lodged) or unmarketable, a zero yield will be assessed.

For producers with more than one crop, AFSC will process claims on a crop-by-crop basis rather than waiting for all crops to be assessed. Dealing with the unharvested acres is a priority for AFSC and all available adjusting staff are being deployed to the affected areas to move through claims as quickly as possible.

Producer Tips for Assessment

Producers can assist AFSC to respond faster to assessment requests by:

• Actively monitoring their crops, knowing the location and amount of damage to their crops;

• Deciding what they are going to do with their unharvested crop acres (spring thrash, bale, burn, graze, plow down, etc.);

• Notifying their local AFSC Branch Office as soon as possible to report eligible Wildlife damage and their intentions for the unharvested acres;

• Being prepared to accompany the AFSC Inspector during the assessment; and

• Filing their revised Harvested Production Report promptly after completing spring harvest.

Other Information

• Approximately 960,000 insured crop acres were reported as unharvested for the 2016 crop year.

• In order to assist producers with cash flow, AFSC has paid $33.2 million in unharvested acreage advance payments on over 2,000 claims.

• If crop acres are to be harvested, claims will be settled when combining has been completed and the total production from the crop can be determined by AFSC. If wildlife damage has occurred, please contact your local AFSC Branch Office as soon as possible and request a wildlife inspection before the crop is harvested.

• There will be circumstances where combining the unharvested acres will not be an option for producers. If this is the case, insured producers need to contact their local AFSC Branch Office to setup a pre-harvest inspection so the potential production on those unharvested acres can be assessed.

• Once the pre-harvest assessment is completed, producers will be in a position to carry out their plans for putting their crops to another use (bale, burn, graze, plow down, etc.).

Recommended Seeding Date Extensions

AFSC recognizes that seeding is being delayed because of the unharvested acres and wet soil conditions. In response, AFSC has extended the recommended seeding dates as shown in the table below.

• Seeding prior to the recommended seeding dates qualifies insured producers for quality coverage.

• These extensions are in place for 2017 only.

Crop

Recommended Seeding Date

Extended Recommended Seeding Date for

2017 Only

Days of Extension

Spring Wheat (HRS, CPS, ES, SWS, Durum)

31-May

5-Jun

5

Canola – Argentine

31-May

5-Jun

5

Canola – Polish

31-May

15-Jun

15

Flax

31-May

5-Jun

5

Mustard

31-May

5-Jun

5

Mixed Grain

31-May

5-Jun

5

Oats

31-May

5-Jun

5

Spring Triticale

5-Jun

15-Jun

10

Spring Rye

5-Jun

15-Jun

10

Barley

5-Jun

15-Jun

10

Unseeded Acreage Benefits

• Producers who obtained crop insurance for the 2017 crop year are eligible for an unseeded acreage benefit if they are not able to finish seeding by June 20.

• Unseeded acreage benefits for the 2017 crop year have been increased as follows:

Compensation Level

2016 Benefit Amount

(per acre)

2017 Benefit Amount

(per acre)

Level 1 (Dry land)

$45.00

$49.00

Level 2 (Dry land)

$95.00

$108.00

Level 3 (Irrigated)

$100.00

$107.00

Level 4 (Irrigated)

$175.00

$179.00

•The amount of this benefit depends on whether or not pre-plant fertilizer has been applied.

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