Dealing with Dry Conditions

SCIC recognizes the many challenges currently being faced by Saskatchewan's farmers and ranchers due to dry conditions. Here are some flexible options for producers to consider.

**IMPORTANT Please contact your local SCIC office directly to learn about the options available to you.**

Greenfeed Seeding Deadline Changed for 2019

  • Greenfeed seeding deadline moved from June 30 to July 15.
  • Customers can seed and insure any cereal greenfeed crop.
  • Includes customers who did not previously endorse greenfeed.
  • Customers have until July 15 to select this endorsement and seed their greenfeed.
  • While the greenfeed endorsement can be added, coverage levels cannot be changed.

Coverage for Drought Losses

  • Customers are insured for losses in yield and quality due to dry conditions.
  • If a customer does not want to carry through to harvest, they can file a pre-harvest appraisal.
  • Crops carried through to harvest and with a reduced yield or loss in quality, may result in a post-harvest claim.
     

Putting a Crop to an Alternate Use

  • Concern over a lack of hay growth and poor pastures.
  • Customers wanting to graze or bale an annual crop, can do so but must contact SCIC prior.
  • SCIC will conduct a pre-harvest appraisal on annual acres.
  • Producers wanting to graze or bale tame forage that is typically baled should talk to their local office before turning cattle out.
  • An SCIC adjuster will visit and set up exclosures, or producer will be instructed to leave a checkstrip.
  • Bale feeders or a small fenced area work as exclosures.

Agristability Deadline Extended

  • For 2019, there is still time to enroll in AgriStability
  • The enrolment deadline is extended to July 2, 2019

What AgriStability Covers
AgriStability is an affordable, low-cost Business Risk Management (BRM) program offering:

  • protection for the whole farming operation
  • financial support to help offset large margin declines
  • personalized coverage based on the farm’s history

The following charts show benefits paid to all Saskatchewan producers. Note in 2016, over half of the benefits generated went to cattle producers providing coverage for a dramatic drop in cattle prices.

WLPIP - Support for Producers Making Marketing Decisions to Sell Cattle Early

  • SCIC will work with individual policy holders of calf or feeder price insurance this spring with a fall settlement
  • The 60-day continuous criteria will be waived for the 2019 grazing season
     

Additional Resources Available through the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Environment

SaskAg Now

The Government of Saskatchewan recognizes the challenges many Saskatchewan farmers and ranchers are facing due to dry conditions and is closely monitoring moisture, crop and forage conditions across the province.

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