The province’s crop commissions are urging producers to call their local Agricultural Financial Services Corporation office to get their unharvested acres examined.
“The message from AFSC was that they were going to be flexible and work with farmers of unharvested grain,” said Alberta Wheat chair Todd Hames.
“We would encourage farmers to be pro-active in communicating with their AFSC office as to what the procedure would be.”
The major crop commissions recently had a conference call with the assistant deputy agriculture minister of and a senior manager of AFSC to express their concerns about dealing with unharvested acres. With a late spring, farmers have no time to waste, said Hames, who farms near Marwayne.
“If the crop is not worth harvesting, a farmer can quickly make the decision to plow or remove the crop residue so they can get that crop planted,” he said. “The last harvest may have been a disaster for some producers with crop out in the field…. We don’t want them to lose a second crop.”
It may be a while before some farmers are able to get on their land because they are waiting for the snow to melt, he noted.
“If the quality is such that it is not salvageable, then we don’t want producers to waste timing waiting for AFSC for an okay to destroy that crop,” he said.
“The main message we want to get out to producers is to be pro-active and to reach out to their local AFSC office. It sounds like they might write off crops without seeing them if they don’t have the time. AFSC has revised procedures to expedite claims to minimize interruptions for producers this spring. “A “zero yield” designation will be applied in situations where AFSC has determined a crop is not harvestable, as well as on acres when the value is determined by AFSC to be less than the cost of harvesting.