Sask. crop insurance reporting deadlines extended

Saskatchewan farmers now have until June 30 to submit their establishment benefit claims, unseeded acreage benefit claims, seeded acreage reports and stored grain declarations for crop insurance purposes.

“With the heavy rains once again hitting many areas of the province, producers are busy dealing with flooded homes and volunteering with flood relief efforts in their communities,” provincial Agriculture Minister Bob Bjornerud said in a release Wednesday.

“We recognize these matters are far more important than filling out paper work right now and this will give producers facing these flooding challenges more time to submit their crop insurance information.”

The deadline for filing establishment benefit claims was previously set at June 20. The establishment benefit is paid out on crops that “fail to adequately establish or suffer significant damage due to insurable causes.”

The previous deadline to submit seeded acreage reports, unseeded acreage benefit claims and stored grain declarations was coming up Saturday (June 25).

The extension also follows strike action launched Tuesday afternoon provincewide by about 470 employees of Saskatchewan’s crop insurance corporation (SCIC).

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