Wet conditions that are delaying the deployment of harvesting equipment in South Dakota are worrying some regarding crop insurance, the Associated Press reports.
According to the AP, which relied on a report from the state's Agriculture Department, this year's harvest could be near record levels, though some farmers are being delayed by bad weather. As a result, some are concerned because the harvest deadline for crop insurance is December 10.
The AP said the department suggested farmers contact the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Risk Management Agency in order to try and secure more time.
"State Agriculture Secretary Bill Even says farmers need to contact their crop insurance agents to report losses and ask for more time to harvest in order to protect their crop insurance coverage," the AP report stated.
Furthermore, the department noted that farmers need to keep track of weather conditions and their efforts to harvest in order to be able to support their crop insurance claims.
South Dakota is not alone when it comes to being delayed by wet weather. Farmers in states such as Illinois, Missouri and Louisiana have had to put off harvesting a variety of crops, including corn, cotton and soy beans.