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Crop insurance claims increase with corn harvest

Nov. 23, 2009 – As November winds down and more Ontario producers continue to harvest their corn, the effects of a wet and cool growing season are showing up in lower yields and lesser quality, according to a report from Agricorp.


November 24, 2009
By Agricorp

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November 23, 2009

A wet and cool growing season combined with an early frost is resulting in yields and quality (for example, mould or low-test weight) losses in some corn crops, especially in areas north of Highway 7, such as Bruce, Simcoe, and Grey counties.

Agricorp is working closely with the industry and OMAFRA to stay current on the issue and to inform our communications strategy to keep customers up to date about what they need to do if they believe they are in a production insurance claim position.

If customers have damage to their crops, they should call Agricorp immediately at 1-888-247-4999 to open a damage report. Because every situation is different, an adjuster will work directly with each customer who reports damage to make sure their production insurance coverage protects them as much as possible.
 
The deadline to report yields, any remaining unharvested acres, and crop damage is December 15, 2009.

Growers with production insurance must look for every opportunity to harvest and market their corn crop to the best of their ability, the same way a grower without Production Insurance would do.

As long as customers open a damage report by December 15, 2009, their Production Insurance coverage will remain in effect until their crop is either harvested or proven to be unharvestable.

Some customers may choose to leave their crop in the field until a better harvest and market opportunity becomes available.

Growers with production insurance may qualify for a corn salvage benefit of $0.49 per bushel for their sample grade corn, up to their guaranteed production.

As of November 16, 2009, 858 customers have reported damage on 144,757 acres.