SW Ont. county gets soybean planting extension

Soybean growers in southwestern Ontario’s Essex County have a seven-day extension on the province’s crop insurance deadline to get their crop planted.

Agricorp, the province’s crop insurance and farm funding agency, said Monday it would give Essex County farmers until July 7, 2015 to plant their soybeans for this crop year, and until July 10 to report final planted acres.

For growers elsewhere in the province, the reporting deadline for acres is Tuesday (June 30).

Affected farmers who are “struggling to get their soybeans in the field” will, however, need to keep their production insurance coverage active by calling Agricorp ahead of the June 30 deadline.

Other planted acres and unseeded acres still must be reported by Tuesday, and eligible Essex County growers must also “verify their intentions” to plant soybeans before the July 7 deadline.

Agricorp said it made its decision to extend the deadline after “assessing the risks and consulting with industry.” Planting dates are extended “very rarely, on a crop or location basis, and under specific circumstances where it makes sense.” — AGCanada.com Network

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