Production Insurance
Spring wheat

How it works

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​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 production.

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: Grains and Oilseeds on the Publications page.

Production Ins​urance coverage for grain and oilseed crops 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.

Calculating your coverage and cla​​ims

Your coverage depen​ds on:

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

​Average farm yield ​​​(AFY)

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

AFY for existing pla​n p​​articipants

Your AFY is calcu​​lated 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.​​​

​Yield bufferin​g

One bad production year doesn't significantly impact a producer's 10-year average farm yield. Unusually high and low yields are buffered to stabilize your AFY and lessen the impact of extreme yields. Buffering is applied after the yield adjustment factor.

Your yield is buffered up if it is below 70 per cent of your 10-year average (lower threshold). The yield is buffered up by two thirds of the difference between your yield and the lower threshold.

Your yield is buffered down if it is above 130 per cent of your 10-year average (upper threshold). The yield is buffered down by two thirds of the difference between your yield and the upper threshold.

For examples of how yield buffering works, see the Yield Buffering feature sheet on the Publications page.

Coverage​ l​evel

When you apply or renew each year, you choose one coverage level. It determ​​ines your guaranteed production.

Guarantee​​d production

Your guaranteed production is determined by multiplying your AFY by your selected coverage level. If an insured peril causes your actual yield to fall below your guaranteed production, a production claim may be paid o​n the difference.

Claim pr​​ice

When you apply o​​​r renew each year, you select a fixed or floating claim price (where applicable). The claim price you choose is applied to your yield to calculate a dollar value for the purpose of paying a claim.

​​Coverage options

The following coverages are available in addition to production loss coverage.

Unseeded acreage coverage

Unseeded acreage coverage is only available for spring-seeded crops. This coverage provides compensation if an insured peril other than drought prevents you and a number of other growers in the same area from planting or seeding all or part of your acreage.

Claim payments for unseeded acreage are mad​​e to the landlord only.

You are eligible for an unseeded acreage claim only on the acres you own or cash-rent. Rates are updated each year.

For more information, see Unseeded Acreage Coverage and Replant Coverage on the Publications page.

Replant coverage

A claim may be paid under replant coverage if you are forced to replant some or all acres of your crop due to an insured peril. Agricorp will pay a claim based on the original crop you planted, and the amount is based on a maximum per-acre rate that Agricorp sets annually for each crop.

The minimum acreage eligible for a claim under replant coverage is three contiguous acres.

Claim payments made under replant coverage are paid to sharecroppers only, as they carry the expense of planting the crop.

Quality facto​​ring

If an insured peril reduces the quality of a crop, a quality factor may be applied to the yield to reflect the lower prices you will receive. This adjustment increases the likelihood and size of a claim payment.

Spring wheat quality factor

The quality factor is based on historical price differences among various grades of wheat. If your spring wheat is feed grade, your yield is factored downward. A deductible is applied to your guaranteed production.

Your actual yield, not the factored yield, is used in determining your AFY.






Canadian Agricultural Partnership – Agricorp – Ontario – Canada