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Weather conditions have farmers itching to plant

Corn growers who plant before April 10 could lose repayment optionsWarm_Iowa_Soil

Warm weather and dry soil conditions have producers eager to begin planting their 2012 corn acreage, even though the calendar says it is the first week in April, normally a cold and wet time period. Most producers are expected to wait until the calendar is a little more in their favor, but a few will most likely begin planting in the next few days.

For those who do plant corn before April 10, or soybeans before April 21, in Iowa, remember that replant payment options are not available if the crop should suffer severe damage due to cold, wet weather conditions after planting.

Once those respective dates are past, all payment options for the multi-peril product chosen for the 2012 crop year become available. In some cases, losses that are not timely reported may become ineligible for payment, so producers should contact their insurance agent anytime a loss is discovered to report the potential loss and allow the insurance company to process the claim.

Visit RMA’s website to view county specific planting dates, reporting dates, county T-yields, and other important crop insurance information.

- Terry Pauling

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