The end of the insurance period for spring-planted small grains, canola and dry beans is this Thursday, October 31. Farmers can request more time to harvest by filing a Loss of Notice with their federal crop insurance provider. USDA Risk Management Agency Administrator Martin Barbre says this is a way for farmers to still have coverage while harvesting the respective crop. “It doesn’t technically extend the insurance period, but it does give producers more time to harvest,” says Barbre. “Anything that is an insurable cause of loss during the extended period is still covered.” During an interview with the Red River farm Network, Barbre described the harvest conditions Northern Plains farmers are facing as “unprecedented.” Barbe says RMA is continually reviewing planting and harvesting dates for crop insurance. Listen to the story.