October 27, 2023
It's harvest time in Ontario for many grains, including corn. During harvest, farmers are in a good position to assess their crops for damage. If they see or worry about damage, they may have questions about their program coverage. Agricorp is ready to help and answer any questions about how programs work.
Production Insurance for crop damage
Production Insurance provides yield-based coverage that gives customers a guaranteed level of production. This guarantee is based on the customer's historical yields and the coverage level they select.
What if there is crop damage?
Customers should report crop damage so Agricorp can help them understand how their program coverage works in their individual situations and walk them through any claims process.
Knowing their Production Insurance options can help customers make the best decisions for their farm businesses.
Program coverage for DON
Early overall reports are showing low levels of Deoxynivalenol (DON) in Ontario grain corn, with some fields expected to have more elevated levels. DON is an insured peril covered by Production Insurance, which includes yield loss protection and a corn salvage benefit.
This coverage takes into account the higher costs farmers face as DON levels increase and more accurately reflects the extra costs to harvest, handle, and market corn damaged by DON.
Payments are made when:
- a corn crop's DON level is above 3 ppm
- the bushels that are under 3 ppm are below a customer's guaranteed level of production
The corn salvage benefit pays for eligible bushels up to that guaranteed production level as illustrated in the diagram.
Payments for DON will be calculated using the following rates.
|Type of damage|
|DON 3 ppm to 4.9 ppm||$0.66|
|DON 5 ppm to 7.9 ppm||$0.93|
|DON 8 ppm and above||$1.28|
corn salvage benefit feature sheet explains more about how Production Insurance works for sample grade corn and DON.
Agricorp is monitoring the DON situation and will share more information on agricorp.com if DON levels increase.
AgriStability covers large margin declines caused by production loss, increased costs, or market conditions. If a producer's margin falls below 70% of their recent average, AgriStability helps to offset the difference.
AgriStability customers who need cash flow now don't have to wait for their year-end forms to be processed to get a payment. To get part of their final payment in advance, they can submit a 2023 interim payment application form before December 31, 2023.
Coverage for market disruption
Agricorp is also monitoring the strike at the St. Lawrence Seaway.
AgriStability is designed for situations just like this. If the strike persists, Agricorp will help producers understand how program coverage works.
AgriInvest is a savings account that producers can use to either cover small income declines or support other investments. Each year, farmers can deposit up to 1% of their allowable net sales into a bank account and receive a matching government contribution.
Farmers can withdraw funds at any time to help with cash flow.