Winterkill coverage – what farmers should know

​​​​​​​​April 26, 2019​​​

Fluctuating winter temperatures across the province have led to poor emergence and variable stands in winter wheat in some areas. Early reports from some customers indicate that the situation varies from region to region, from field to field, and even within fields. Things like soil type and planting dates may also be contributing factors.

With that in mind, many Ontario winter wheat farmers are looking to understand how their winterkill coverage works so they can make important decisions. Agricorp is here to help.

Production Insurance for winter wheat, winter barley and winter canola includes coverage if the crop does not survive the winter.

Here is what farmers with winterkill damage should know.

Contact Agricorp to report the damage

The sooner customers report crop damage, the sooner Agricorp can walk them through how their coverage works. It also allows more time for a customer to assess their situation and make any necessary arrangements for the crop. Reporting damage to Agricorp as soon as possible ensures more accurate and timely claims.

For customers who decide ​​to replant

After damage is reported, Agricorp may approve a claim for replanting. For 2019, the customer would receive up to $114 per damaged acre of winter wheat.

Producers can then plant a replacement crop. If they choose to insure the replacement crop, they need to plant by thefinal plantin​g​ date​ listed on Customers can call Agricorp by May 1 to enroll their new crop. For more information on spring planting benefits, read the Unseeded Acreage and Reseeding Benefits feature sheet on

Producers can still get coverage for winter wheat without winterkill until May​ 1.

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