Crop Insurance Today November 2011 - (Page 23)

TODAYcrop insurance Educating Adjusters for Over Three Decades By Dave Hall, NCIS One of the longest running adjuster training schools in the industry’s history, the NCIS Crop-Hail Corn School held in Lincoln, Nebraska, has quite easily educated several thousand adjusters since its inception. What began as an annual two-day school in 1976, is now 1 ½ days in length, and held every other year. But that hasn’t diminished its popularity or its purpose. Intended to provide information on the corn plant and cultural practices as well as crop-hail loss adjusting procedures for field corn and popcorn, this year’s school had over 100 attendees representing 11 different companies and USDA/RMA. The first full day is composed of classroom instruction and the second half day of in-field, hands-on crop-hail training. Class room instruction takes place on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln East Campus. Attendees are divided into groups and rotate through sessions on corn diseases, corn insects, corn herbicide damage, corn morphology, and corn nutrient deficiency, all provided by university instructors. Classroom instruction also includes sessions on corn hail loss handbook procedures and problem exercises, led by company trainers. For the in-field training, attendees are divided into small groups (16 in 2011) and rotate through plots of field corn and Adjusters evaluate plant damage due to hail, which may include stand loss, stalk bruising, ear damage and defoliation in this test plot. Established in 1976 The school is always very well-attended and receives high marks for the quality of training provided. Students had finished the individual plant evaluations for corn stand reduction within the test plot and were receiving instruction on how to properly enter the results on the appraisal worksheet. CROP INSURANCE TODAY® 23

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Crop Insurance Today November 2011

Primum Non Nocere
Systematic Risk: Crop Insurance in Retrospect and Prospect
The State of U.S. Livestock Insurance
Crop Insurance in 2020
Dr. Wally Nelson Receives Siehl Prize
High Temperature Effects on Corn: How high is to high?
Educating Adjusters for Over Three Decades
On the Road

Crop Insurance Today November 2011