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Agricorp helps producers cope with stressed crops

August 31, 2016 - Weather has varied across Ontario this season, and while some crops are doing well, others are stressed, mostly because of the lack of rain.

On behalf of government, Agricorp delivers a comprehensive suite of business risk management programs, such as production insurance, which are designed to help in situations like this. Farmers who have production insurance coverage receive a payment if their production is less than the guaranteed level they chose.

Agricorp can help producers facing challenging crop conditions by working with them on a case-by-case basis, answering questions about program coverage and helping them through the claim process.

Severly damaged or stressed crops

Agricorp understands that some producers may be dealing with severely affected crops that ​are at risk of not reaching maturity. These producers may be considering harvesting the crop early for silage or green chop. Production Insurance includes options to properly determine the yield of these crops.

While harvesting decisions are entirely up to the producer, customers need to contact Agricorp if they're considering harvesting crops early, so an adjuster can visit them and help them through the process. An adjuster can be in touch within 48 hours to make arrangements to inspect the damage and explain how coverage works for each scenario.

The sooner an adjuster inspects the crop and explains the options, the better. This allows time to assess the situation and make any necessary arrangements for the crop. Working with an adjuster as soon as possible also ensures more accurate and timely claim payments.

Wheat
The deadline to report winter wheat yields is Sept. 1. In 2016, Agricorp insured nearly 7,200 customers with about 800,000 acres of winter wheat. Agricorp pays winter wheat claims in September once harvest is complete, producers have reported their final yield, and the floating claim price is available.

Corn and soybeans
Agricorp understands that some producers may be dealing with severely affected crops that ​are at risk of not reaching maturity. These producers may be considering harvesting the crop early for silage or green chop. Production Insurance includes options to properly determine the yield of these crops.
 
For details about harvesting damaged or stressed grain corn, visit Agricorp’s publications page for the production insurance plan for corn.
 
While harvesting decisions are entirely up to the producer, customers need to contact Agricorp if they're considering harvesting crops early, so an adjuster can visit them and help them through the process. An adjuster can be in touch within 48 hours to make arrangements to inspect the damage and explain how coverage works for each scenario. The sooner an adjuster inspects the crop and explains the options, the better. This allows time to assess the situation and make any necessary arrangements for the crop. Working with an adjuster as soon as possible also ensures more accurate and timely claim payments.