Average crop insurance coverage this year is $224 per acre, down from $230. | File photo

Sask. crop insurance premiums to drop

Participants in Saskatchewan’s crop insurance program will pay lower premiums for less coverage in 2020. Average crop insurance coverage this year is $224 per acre, down from $230. Premiums on average will drop to $7.40 from $8.61. Agriculture Minister David Marit announced this year’s program this morning. Changes to the program include expanding the insurable […] Read more

Western Canada’s canola growers insured 18.5 million acres of the 22.8 million acres that were planted last year, according to data provided by provincial crop insurance agencies.
 That means 4.3 million acres were uninsured, or nearly 19 percent of the crop.
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The big gamble

19 percent of canola uninsured last year; ‘risk and hope’ philosophy alive and well on many farms

A lot of prairie farmers take a chance every year that the weather will be kind to them. Larry Weber, analyst with Weber Commodities, compared the number of insured acres in 2017 with Statistics Canada’s official estimate of crop size and found a big gap. Western Canada’s canola growers insured 18.5 million acres of the […] Read more

Snow is keeping Alberta farmers from harvesting last year’s crop or seeding this one.  |  File photo

Farmers seek insurance promise

Commissions for Alberta’s major crops are pressing the provincial agriculture department and the Agriculture Financial Services Corp. to ensure farmers are covered for the many acres of unharvested 2016 crop. The Alberta Wheat Commission, Alberta Barley, Alberta Canola Producers Commission and Alberta Pulse Growers Commission scheduled a meeting with the agriculture minister and AFSC April […] Read more


A farmer from Pangman, Sask., says he and several others in the area were denied unseeded acreage coverage last year, even though it was too wet to seed.
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Producer upset with SCIC policy

A farmer from Pangman, Sask., says he and several others in the area were denied unseeded acreage coverage last year, even though it was too wet to seed. He wonders how many others were also left out. Jim Liggett appealed the Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corp.’s decision locally and to the provincial appeal panel but was […] Read more

The Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corp. expects to process $650 million worth of claims from last year by the time all claims are processed.  |  File photo

Saskatchewan crop insurance premiums to rise 8.5 percent

Crop insurance premiums in Saskatchewan will rise on average by 8.5 percent in 2017. Saskatchewan agriculture minister Lyle Stewart announced the rate increase Feb 23, along with officials from the Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corp. The increase will translate into average crop insurance premiums of $8.51 per acre in 2017, up from $7.84 in 2016. Actual […] Read more


Saskatchewan agriculture minister Lyle Stewart announced Feb. 23 that crop insurance premiums in Saskatchewan will rise on average by 8.5 percent in 2017. | File photo

Sask. crop insurance premiums to rise by 8.5 percent

Crop insurance premiums in Saskatchewan will rise on average by 8.5 percent in 2017. Saskatchewan agriculture minister Lyle Stewart announced the rate increase Feb 23, along with officials from the Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corp. The increase will translate into average crop insurance premiums of $8.51 per acre in 2017, up from $7.84 in 2016. Actual […] Read more