AFSC clients with annual crop insurance can use the yield estimation calculator to help determine potential yields and make decisions on when to harvest or preharvest a crop.
The yield estimation calculator (opens in a new link) is easy to use, and producers can have an estimated yield in a few simple steps. You will need the following information to use the calculator:
- crop row spacing in inches (leave blank if measuring using a square yard)
- crop type
- number of viable and harvestable heads/pods in a square yard or from all the plants in a representative row in length
- average number of kernels or seeds per pod, using a minimum of 10 heads/pods (determined using the viable and harvestable heads/pods
Clients who are planning to put an insured crop to alternate use should contact AFSC at least five days in advance of starting the work. Putting an insured crop to an alternate use before the acres are released by AFSC may impact the adjusted production in determining potential claims and future coverage.
When contacting AFSC, clients will need to provide the number of acres intended to be put to an alternate use and an estimate of the yield. Depending on the estimate of yield, the acres may be released from an AFSC branch office, or an adjuster may complete a field inspection to determine the yield appraisal before acres are released.
Clients wanting to put an insured crop to an alternate use before the acres are released can leave standing inspection strips or exclosures with prior approval by AFSC. Annual crops may be left in the swath as well to allow AFSC to conduct a yield appraisal.
Clients should review the information on Inspection Strips to ensure they understand what is required and avoid any potential negative impacts to their insurance.