Production Insurance

How it works

​​When you enrol in Production Insurance, you are guaranteed a level of production based on your yield history and the level of coverage you choose. A claim may be paid if an insured peril causes your yield to fall below your guaranteed value.

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

Available coverage

Production Insurance for plums provides multi-peril protection for your crop. You can choose one of several coverage levels and separate claim prices options for these categories:

  • European varieties
  • Japanese varieties

Each category is covered separately. If an insured peril reduces the yield of one category below the guaranteed production, you are eligible for a claim on the difference regardless of the yield of your other categories.

Tree coverage

Choose either standard tree mortality loss coverage, at no cost to you, or additional tree mortality loss coverage, offering you greater coverage at a lower deductible level.

See the Example scenario to help you choose the option that best meets your needs.

Fruit tree rider coverage

The fruit tree rider is added to your coverage if your trees were insured in the previous crop year, or if you notified Agricorp by September 1 and meet eligibility requirements. Newly planted trees must have been planted by June 10 to be eligible for coverage in the next crop year. 

The fruit tree rider gives you additional protection if your plum trees die as a result of one or more insured perils.

For more information about this coverage, including how to qualify, see the Fruit Tree and Grapevine Riders feature sheet.

​​​Calculating your coverage an​​d claims

​Your coverage depends on:

  • Your final average yield
  • Your claim price
  • Your coverage level
  • Your guaranteed production
  • Your guaranteed value

Final average yi​eld (F​AY)

An FAY is calculated and used as a benchmark to determine if your actual production i​​​s below average.

For more information, see the Final Average​ Yield feature sheet.​

FAY for existing participants

Your FAY is based on your yields from your 6 most recent years.

FAY for new participants

You are assigned an underwritten FAY for the first 6 years of production based on a variety of factors, including:

  • Acreage
  • Age of trees
  • Available production records
  • Drainage
  • Irrigation capabilities
  • Location of orchard
  • Other management practices
  • Regional weather patterns
  • Rootstocks
  • Soil type
  • Spacing of trees
  • Tree health
  • Varieties grown

For each year that you participate, your actual yield replaces an underwritten yield until your FAY is composed entirely of your own actual yields.

​Yield Buffering

Unusually high and low yields are buffered to stabilize and lessen the impact of extreme yields on your FAY.

  • If your actual yield is above the upper threshold (130% of your FAY), the yield is buffered two-thirds of the way down to the upper threshold.
  • If your actual yield is below the lower threshold (70% of your FAY), the yield is buffered two-thirds of the way up to the lower threshold.
For more information, see Final Average Yield.

Quality factor

If an insured peril reduces the quality of a crop, a quality factor may be applied to the yield to better reflect the price you receive.

If the crop is reduced in quality but can still be sold, the yield is factored down to reflect the loss in revenue.

Quality factor = price received for crop ÷ fresh claim price

Claim price

When you apply or renew, you select a claim price for your fresh production that determines your guaranteed value. The claim price options for plums are based on fresh production.

Note: Your Production Insurance coverage is automatically renewed at the claim price option you selected in the previous year. To make changes to your coverage, contact Agricorp by the date on your renewal. For more information, see the Deadlines page.

Coverage level

When you apply or renew each year, you choose 1 coverage level from several available options. It determines your guaranteed production.

Guaranteed production

Guaranteed production is determined by multiplying your FAY by your selected coverage level. This number is used to calculate your guaranteed value.

Guaranteed production = FAY × your selected coverage level

Guaranteed value

Guaranteed value converts your guaranteed production into a dollar amount so your premiums can be calculated and any production loss claims can be paid.

Guaranteed value = guaranteed production × your selected claim price

Example scenario 

You have a peach orchard with1,000 trees. You lose 200 trees due to freeze injury.

Calculating your options

*Rates used in this example: Premium rate for additional tree mortality loss coverage: 0.20%; claim price for trees: $21.77; deductible rate for standard tree mortality loss coverage: 11%; deductible rate for additional tree mortality loss coverage: 6%.


Higher deductible

Lower deductible
Step 1:
Calculate your premium
Your premium = $0
The federal and provincial governments pay the premium on your behalf.
Your premium
= premium rate*
× # of trees
× claim price*
= 0.20%
× 1,000
× $21.77
= $43.54
Step 2:
Calculate your deductible
= # of trees
× deductible rate for standard coverage*
= 1,000
× 11%
= 110 trees
= # of trees
× deductible rate for additional coverage*
= 1,000
× 6%
= 60 trees
Step 3:
Calculate your tree loss claim
= (# of trees lost 
– deductible)
× claim price
= (200 – 110)
× $21.77
= 90
× $21.77
= $1,959.30
= (# of trees lost 
– deductible)
× claim price
= (200 – 60)
× $21.77
= 140
× $21.77
= $3,047.80

Canadian Agricultural Partnership – Agricorp – Ontario – Canada