How Production Insurance responds when planting is delayed

​May 23, 2019 | Updated: July 5, 2019

Wet weather in parts of Ontario is creating difficult planting conditions for many farmers. Agricorp is working directly with farmers who are concerned about planting delays and will continue to closely monitor the situation.

Production Insurance was designed for situations like these. The program includes an unseeded acreage benefit (USAB) when wet weather prevents planting. USAB compensates customers when they are not able to plant their intended crop or an alternative crop by the planting deadline. The planting deadline is the last day that a crop can be planted and still qualify for Production Insurance.

USAB helps to offset financial burdens, such as fixed costs and land maintenance, and can provide farmers with more flexibility in their business decisions. Planting coverage is outlined in the Unseeded Acreage and Reseeding Benefits feature sheet.

How other programs can help

Customers still have time to enrol in AgriStability and the Risk Management Program. The combination of Production Insurance, AgriStability and RMP provides coverage for production losses, increased costs and adverse market conditions.

Farmers can enrol in RMP: Grains and Oilseeds until May 31 and in AgriStability until July 2. More information on these programs is available on

Planting extensions for Production Insurance

In some situations, after assessing the risks and consulting with industry, Agricorp may extend the planting deadlines for specific crops and in specific areas of the province. Decisions to extend planting deadlines require approval from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

Agricorp is committed to updating customers about any planting extensions as they occur. For the most up-to-date information on planting date extensions, customers can check the table below.

Extended planting dates are highlighted in yellow.

Planting area
Planting date
2019 Extended final planting date, if applicable
Bell and banana peppers*All areas
June 15
 June 22
Butternut squashAll areasJune 30 
CarrotsAll areasJune 30 
CanolaA,B and CMay 31 
June 5
 June 10
June 10 June 15
Coloured and white beans
A, B and CJune 30 July 5
D and EJune 20 June 25
A, B and CJune 15 June 17
June 10
 June 12
EMay 31 
Cucumbers, hand-pickedAll areasJune 30
Cucumbers, machine-harvestAll areas
July 15
April 25 
B and CMay 15 
May 31 
EJune 10 
Green peas*Essex & Kent County (Romney & Tilbury East)May 24
Kent (other townships)
June 1June 11
All other areas
June 15 June 20
Green and wax beansElgin, Middlesex and Oxford Counties
July 15 July 20
All other areas
July 15
Hemp*All areas
June 10 
Lima beans
All areasJune 30July 5
MustardA, B and CMay 31 
DJune 5 
EJune 10 
Onions, seed and setAll areasMay 15May 22 
Onions, SpanishAll areasMay 20May 27
Popping corn*All areasJune 10 
Potatoes*All areasJune 30 
Potatoes, Shepody and Snowden*All areasJune 21 
Red beets*All areasJune 30 
Rutabagas*All areasJune 30 
Seed corn*A
June 15June 20 
All other areas
June 15 
A, B and C
June 30
 July 5
DJune 20 June 25
EMay 31June 5
Spring grain (Oat/Barley)A
April 25 
B and CMay 15May 20
May 31 
June 10June 15
Spring wheatAApril 25 
B and CMay 15May 20
DMay 25
May 31
EMay 31 
Sugar beetsAll areasJune 15 
SunflowersAll areasJune 1 
Sweet corn
All areas
June 30 July 5
Tobacco, black*All areas
June 20 June 27
Tobacco, flue-cured*All areasJune 20 
TomatoesAll areasJune 20 

*USAB is not available for this crop.

Map of planting areas

Areas C and E are defined by municipal boundaries, as follows:

  • Area CNiagara and Haldimand County and Tuscarora Township
  • Area ENorthern Ontario, the districts of Algoma, Cochrane, Kenora, Manitoulin, Muskoka, Nipissing, Parry Sound, Rainy River, Sudbury, Thunder Bay, Temiskaming, and the county of Haliburton.

Planting deadlines defined areas:

To confirm your planting area, call Agricorp at 1-888-247-4999.
Source: This map defines five specific planting areas and has been developed by Agricorp based on: consultation with the industry and OMAFRA crop specialists; consideration of available crop heat units; Production Insurance historical claim rate experience and other specific geographical characteristics.

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