Production Insurance
Asparagus, yield basis

How it works

When you enrol in the yield-based Production Insurance plans for fresh vegetables, you are guaranteed a level of production based on your historical yields for each crop. A claim may be paid if an insured peril causes your yield to fall below your guaranteed production.

Production Insurance coverage for fresh vegetables applies only during the period from seeding or planting until harvest. Loss or damage due to storage conditions is not insured. If your farm management practices contribute to a production loss, you may lose some or all of your insurance coverage.

Insured perils

Production Insurance covers you for losses due to adverse weather, disease, pests, wildlife, or other uncontrollable natural perils, except for perils excluded in your Contract of Insurance – General Terms and the Commodity-Specific Terms: Fresh Market Vegetables – Average Farm Yield Basis on the Publications page.

Calculating your coverage and claims

Your coverage depends on:

  • Average farm yield
  • Coverage level
  • Guaranteed production
  • Claim price

Average farm yield (AFY)

An AFY is calculated and used as a benchmark to determine if your actual production is below average.


AFY for existing plan participants

Your AFY is calculated using up to the past 10 years of your actual reported yields.


AFY for new plan participants

Each crop is assigned an underwritten five-year AFY that is based on a variety of factors, such as soil type, drainage and township averages.

Each year that you participate in the plan, your actual yield replaces an underwritten yield until your AFY is composed entirely of your own actual yields.

Your beginning five-year AFY is based on a six-week harvest. If your yield falls below your guaranteed production due to immaturity or previous management decisions, your guaranteed production will be adjusted accordingly.

Your initial underwritten AFY is also based on whether hybrids and/or open pollinated varieties are grown, the age of plantings, your marketable yield history, and provincial and Agricorp average yields.


Yield buffering

Unusually high and low yields are adjusted (buffered) to stabilize and lessen the impact of extreme yields on your AFY.

  • If your actual yield is above the upper threshold (130 per cent of your AFY), the yield is buffered two-thirds of the way down to the upper threshold.
  • If your actual yield is below the lower threshold (70 per cent of your AFY), the yield is buffered two-thirds of the way up to the lower threshold.

Coverage level

When you apply or renew each year, you choose one coverage level for each crop. It determines your guaranteed production.

Guaranteed production

If an insured peril causes your actual yield to fall below your guaranteed production, a production claim may be paid on the difference.

Your guaranteed production is determined by multiplying your AFY by your selected coverage level.

Claim price

The claim price is applied to your yield (in pounds, hundred weight pounds, bags, or tons) to calculate a dollar value for the purpose of paying a claim.

Canadian Agricultural Partnership – Agricorp – Ontario – Canada