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Prairie hail claims pass 10,000 for year

MarketsFarm — More than 10,000 claims for hail damage have been filed by Prairie farmers so far in 2019 with insurance companies belonging to the Canadian Crop Hail Association. Between July 27 and Aug. 6, hail on the Prairies saw farmers add 900 claims alone, according to a CCHA press release Friday. To date overall, […] Read more



Don’t let the crop insurance deadline pass you by

The signup deadline is April 30

The deadline for crop insurance coverage and AgriStability enrolment is fast approaching. The deadline for signing up for the Spring Price Endorsement is April 30, which is also the last day for enrolling in AgriStability without penalty. The Spring Price Endorsement provides protection on a crop-specific basis from ‘within-year’ price declines for both production-based and […] Read more

Premiums for crop insurance, including hail coverage, will be significantly lower for most growers this year, 
says the Agriculture Financial Services Corporation.

Crop and calf insurance premiums are down this year

The cost of crop insurance is nine per cent lower, although where you live and what you grow makes a difference

Most crop producers will see lower crop insurance premium rates this year, says the Agriculture Financial Services Corporation. And cow-calf producers will see reduced premiums for the Western Livestock Price Insurance Program, too. On average, 2019 crop insurance premium rates are nine per cent lower than last year, AFSC said in a news release. It […] Read more


CropChoice$ can forecast the profit potential — and help identify a Plan B — before you start seeding.

Updated version of CropChoice$ now available

Program offers profit scenarios for a variety of crops by using different yields and prices

The crop planning and risk management software program CropChoice$ has been updated with current crop insurance information from Agricultural Financial Services Corporation along with projected crop costs. “Producers can also adjust individual crop costs and evaluate the effects that different risk management strategies will have on their operation — such as purchasing crop insurance and […] Read more



Saskatchewan offers up corn rainfall insurance plan

Saskatchewan’s crop insurance offerings for 2019 will include a new program allowing corn growers to insure against a substantial drop in moisture. The provincial and federal government on Feb. 26 rolled out Saskatchewan’s 2019 crop insurance program, in which coverage levels on average are to reach a record $230 per acre, up from $216 last […] Read more



More — but less severe — hailstorms this year

June was the busiest month for hail claims in Alberta but July had the worst ones, says hail insurers

Alberta’s quiet storm activity resulted in below-average hail losses in the province this year. There was an early start to the hail season, with June 9, 14 and 25 being the top three storm dates — producing more than 100 claims and averaging more than $12,000 per claim. However, the most expensive storm dates were […] Read more

Poor weather conditions have seen an extended harvest season that may go unfinished for many producers.

Alberta grower groups call for provincial readiness

Alberta’s four crop commissions are calling on the province to be ready to respond promptly to unharvested acre claims. Although harvesting has since resumed, there were about 7.8 million unharvested acres as of Oct. 10. “The conditions at this point in the fall are worse this year than in 2016 when weather caused many acres […] Read more