ST. PAUL, Minn (AP) — Because of a drought that’s affecting nearly all of Minnesota, state officials are telling farmers it’s time to consider crop insurance.

The standard deadline is less than one month away. Farmers must finalize a plan with their insurance agent by March 15.

Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman says crop insurance coverage could be crucial If dry conditions persist in the weeks and months ahead.

Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson says crop insurance is an important tool for managing the risks of farming, so he encourages farmers to review their options carefully.

According to the National Weather Service, more than 96 percent of Minnesota is currently facing moderate to severe drought conditions. It’s a turnaround from last year, when farmers and communities across Minnesota were instead bracing for the possibility of severe flooding.

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Comments (4)
  1. j speedbag 64 says:

    yeah more money for the insurance companies……lots of money….

  2. xxx says:

    Money for the insurance companies, yes.
    But if the drought continues and there is massive crop failure, the insurance payments will keep the farmers afloat.

  3. GN says:

    Maybe if they would stop the pattern tiling removing all the surface water to get in the field a couple of days earlier the draught conditions may not be so severe.
    It takes surface water to create evaporative conditions which in turn creates rain and snow.

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