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November is Deadline for Insurance on Fruit Crops

USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) announces the final date for North Carolina producers of apples, blueberries, grapes, and peaches to obtain crop insurance on next year’s crop is November 20, 2012. Current policyholders likewise have until November 20 to make any changes to their existing contracts.

Price elections for 2013 will be $11.70 per bushel for fresh apples, $3.60 for processing apples, $1.32 per pound blueberries, $510 per ton for grapes, $19.25 per bushel for fresh peaches, and $6.25 for processing peaches. Crop insurance provides coverage against production losses due to damage caused by natural perils and adverse weather conditions such as hail, wind, frost, and drought.

Your actual amount of coverage will be determined from your actual yields and the protection level you select. Fruit producers should consider making crop insurance an essential part of their overall risk management plan to help protect their operations from financial loss. Growers are encouraged to contact a local crop insurance agent as soon as possible for more detailed information and premium quotes. For a list of crop insurance agents in your area, contact the local USDA Farm Service Agency office or log on to the following Risk Management Agency web site: is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.