Farmers Must File Soon for Spring Crop Damage

Farmers who were unable to harvest spring-planted crops because of adverse weather should immediately file a notice of crop damage with their crop insurance agent, according to Maryland Department of Agriculture Secretary Buddy Hance. Crop insurance policies require that a notice of loss must be filed within 15 days of the end of the insurance period, which is December 10 in Maryland for grain corn, grain sorghum and soybeans. Farmers have until December 25 to report losses for these unharvested spring-planted crops. According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, 25-percent of soybeans and 10-percent of corn in Maryland had not been harvested by December 6.