Perennial crop insurance deadline approaching
ELKHORN Walworth County producers have until November 20, 2012 to sign up for 2013 Non-insured Assistance Program (NAP) coverage for perennial crops. This deadline applies to perennial crops such as apples, wild rice, huckleberries, peaches, plums, asparagus, currants, grapes, blackberries, blueberries, cranberries, raspberries, strawberries, pears, cherries, honey, and maple sap, which are not covered under Federal crop insurance.
NAP is designed to cover losses caused by damaging weather conditions. If losses are in excess of 50 percent, payment would be received. Losses are generally determined by the percentage of loss compared to the producer's actual yield history. Eligible production losses are paid at 55 percent of the established value for the crop.
The November 20 deadline also applies to persons who have a 2012 policy and need to renew their coverage for 2013.
Other upcoming NAP deadlines are:
-- January 2, 2013 crop reporting deadline for honey
-- March 15, 2013 deadline for application closing date for spring seeded crops, such as spring seeded vegetables.
NAP coverage is only available for crops where coverage is not available under the Federal Crop Insurance Program (FCIC).
Producers are encouraged to contact the Walworth County FSA office at (262) 723-3216, ext. 2, to obtain NAP coverage or for additional information on NAP prior to the November 20 deadline.