Unharvested Acres? New information from AFSC
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.
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.).
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.
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.
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 Harvest Production Report promptly after completing spring harvest.