Tart Cherry Fruit: Updated Information on Crop Abandonment
Nikki Rothwell and Emily Pochubay, MSU Extension and AgBioResearch and Cory Blumerick, GreenStone Farm Credit Services
Tart Cherry tree branch close up

Helping growers to make informed decisions about the implications of fruit removal and diversion credits on crop insurance; we recommend that growers call their crop insurance agent prior to any crop manipulation decisions.


With the recent challenges in the tart cherry market, some growers may opt to use minimal or low input strategy to manage tart cherry orchards this season. There is new information that growers should know prior to making this decision.

According to recent information from the Greenstone claims team, the following is how the ARH abandoned/destroyed crop will be considered in a claim situation: Any acreage that is going to be abandoned or destroyed must be maintained until it can be appraised by an adjuster to qualify for any crop insurance claim or payment.


Please contact your crop insurance agent to file a claim, and the adjuster will schedule appraisal when it is appropriate to do the early green harvest appraisal.

This article was originally published by Michigan State University Extension on June 17, 2019.

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