Tag Thompson, a 12-year-old in Powell, Wyo., is the youngest person in the state to ever own crop insurance, according to Farm Credit Services of America. "I would say that's an achievement for me," said Thompson, who has also founded his own cattle company, paid off his first loan and landed a buyer for his barley crop.
Farmers in northeast Wisconsin have fared well this year with fall claims activity "pretty slow" compared to other years, said Pat Karcz, president of Farm Crop Insurance Agency in Pulaski, Wis. Karcz reminds all farmers to keep records of crop conditions and yields throughout the season to improve their chances of getting claims approved.
Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa perennial crop farmers have until Nov. 20 to apply for a Whole-Farm Revenue Protection for the 2022 crop year or make changes to an existing policy. These crops include cranberries, apples, tart cherries and grapes.
The USDA is making local crop insurance, disaster relief and other information available to farmers via text or email. Farmers can subscribe to the messaging service for free at the USDA website and customize their messages by topic and geographic region.
The corn harvest has increased 12 points to 41% with 60% of the crop rated good-to-excellent, and the soybean harvest is 49% completed with 59% rated good-to-excellent, according to the latest USDA crop progress report. The winter wheat planting has progressed 13 points to 60%, the USDA also reports.
Florida's orange and grapefruit crops are forecast to fall 11% and 8%, respectively, this season compared to the 2020-21 season, according to a USDA report. Florida's citrus production peaked in the 1997-98 season with 244 million boxes of fruit, and volumes have been declining in recent years.
The value of Idaho's potato crop dipped 5% last year from 2019, to $912 million, despite a slight increase in volume, according to a USDA report. The state's farmers planted spuds on 300,000 acres in 2020, down from 315,000 acres two years earlier, and russets made up 90% of the total crop.