November 30 Deadline for Avocado Crop Insurance
The deadline for California avocado growers to apply for 2018 crop insurance is November 30. The same deadline applies for current policyholders interested in making changes to their existing crop insurance coverage.
Crop insurance provides growers with protection against crop production losses caused by drought, hail, excessive moisture, earthquake, fire, wildlife, failure of irrigation water supply or insects and plant disease (unless control measures have been insufficiently or improperly applied). All commercially grown Hass and Lamb-Hass avocados are insurable if the crop is irrigated and the crop has reached the sixth growing season or has produced at least 2,000 pounds of avocados per acre in one of the three most recent crops. For more specifics concerning avocado crop insurance, download the Risk Management Agency’s (RMA) Fact Sheet.
California avocado growers are encouraged to contact a private crop insurance agent to obtain coverage. A searchable list of crop insurance agents is available online. Growers also may utilize the RMA Cost Estimator to determine premium amounts of crop insurance.