“The worst drought we’ve seen in modern records,” reports the San Diego Union-Tribune. The U.S. Drought Monitor says nearly 60 percent of California is in “exceptional drought,” the top of the scale it uses to measure severity, with the entire state in some sort of drought and 95 percent in severe drought or worse.
Growers in California and Arizona are well aware of the water shortages they are facing for the coming seasons and perhaps beyond. However, they may not know how Western Growers can help them protect themselves from losses.
In the past year, Western Growers worked actively both with strawberry growers and the federal government to modify the previous regulations governing crop insurance for strawberries. On the heels of that success, Western Growers continues to get involved to update or initiate coverage for crops that are either underinsured or aren’t insured currently.
For both avocado and citrus growers, for example, adequate water supply is an especially serious concern. With ground water now under state regulation and no signs of the drought abating this season, all growers in California are facing uncertainty going into 2015.
Luckily, Western Growers Insurance Services offers crop insurance for many types of fresh crops. For growers who have not insured their crops in the past, this year may be a good year to start. Once local water authorities choose to regulate how much water goes to farms, crop insurance purchased afterwards cannot cover known conditions. So, growers whose municipalities have not sent formal notifications about water austerity for the coming year may still be able to insure their crops against losses due to drought.
As a reminder, growers can choose from two types of crop insurance:
• Catastrophic: This is basic coverage against ruinous damage to a crop. It is less expensive, and it pays out at about a quarter of the value of the crop that was destroyed.
• Multiple Peril: This coverage protects you at lower loss levels and can be triggered by any of several factors, including drought. Payout levels are based on the deductibles and plan choices each grower makes. Multi-peril insurance is more expensive, and the cost varies by what crop it’s covering and that crop’s value.
Now is the time to analyze whether crop insurance is part of an overall insurance strategy. To get started, contact Greg Nelson, assistant vice president of commercial lines for Western Growers Insurance Services, at (949) 885-2287 or firstname.lastname@example.org. He and his staff will help you assess your insurance needs, recommend options to help you manage risk to your crops and guide you through the process.
If your company grows the following crops, your deadline for purchasing insurance for the coming season is approaching fast. (Reporting dates vary by crop.) To start the process of insuring your crops, contact Greg Nelson, assistant vice president of commercial lines for Western Growers Insurance Services, at (949) 885-2287 or email@example.com.
Pasture rangeland forage November 15
Blueberries November 20
Citrus November 20
Avocado November 30
Almonds December 31
Safflower December 31
Pistachios December 31
Tomatoes January 31
Fresh Market Tomatoes January 31
Apples January 31
Apricots January 31
Cherries January 31
Grapes January 31
Nectarines January 31
Olives January 31
Pears January 31
Peaches January 31
Plums January 31
Prune January 31
Table Grapes January 31
Walnuts January 31
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