June 15th is the crop insurance “Final Planting Date” for soybeans not following another crop. This deadline applies to all counties in Arkansas.
Following the “Final Planting Date” is what is referred to as the “Late Planting Period”. For soybeans in Arkansas the “Late Planting Period” is 25 days. During this time the decision can be made whether or not to take a prevented planting payment. Field conditions after the “Final Planting Date” do not matter. In other words, a grower can decide to take a prevented planting payment anytime during the “late planting period”.
Once the decision has been made to take a prevented planting payment, the crop insurance agent should be notified within 72 hours. Using full season soybeans as an example, the crop insurance agent can be notified from June 15 to 72 hours after the end of the “late planting period” (July 10).
The intended crop (in this case, soybeans) can be planted anytime during the 25-day “late planting period”. However, the crop insurance guarantee will decrease one percent per day during the “late planting period” or until planting is completed.
Prevented planting eligibility will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Growers considering prevented planting are encouraged to visit with their crop insurance agents as soon as possible following “final planting dates”.