Dealing with Dry Conditions

SCIC recognizes the many challenges currently being faced by Saskatchewan's farmers and ranchers due to dry conditions.

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


Dry Conditions Coverage

  • 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.
  • Contact your local SCIC office before putting a crop to an alternate use. 


Putting a Crop to an Alternate Use

  • Currently, there is a concern over a lack of hay growth and poor pastures across the province.
  • SCIC recognizes there is a cost to harvest a severely damaged crop.
  • If the appraised yield falls below the established threshold level, SCIC can reduce the appraisal to zero based on the information gathered during the inspection. This threshold level is meant to reflect the approximate cost of harvesting a severely damaged crop.
  • 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.
  • An SCIC adjuster will visit and assist with setting up exclosures, or the producer will be instructed to leave a checkstrip.
  • Bale feeders or a small fenced area work as exclosures.
  • Livestock producers can gain access to feed sources from Crop Insurance customers who chose to put their crops to a use other than harvest. Producers are encouraged to contact their neighboring operations to set up arrangements.

Increased Low Yield Appraisal Threshold Values for 2021

  • In response to the feed shortage this year, SCIC is doubling the Low Yield Appraisal threshold values for customers who salvage their cereal or pulse crops as feed, without negatively impacting future individual coverage. 
  • For example, the previous established threshold for barley was seven bushels per acre. For Crop Insurance customers wanting to utilize a grain crop for feed, the threshold will now be 14 bushels per acre. In this case, a zero bushel yield would be used for the claim and the original 14 bushels would be used to update future coverage

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Videos on Low Yield Appraisal

Learn more from SCIC's Acting President and CEO Jeff Morrow

For more information, view videos on SCIC's flexible processes and expedite claims; low yield appraisal; diverting partial acres to feed; and example scenarios.

Flexible Processes and Expedite Claims »

Low Yield Appraisal »

Low Yield Appraisal (Partial Acres)»

Example Scenarios »

How to calculate a Low Yield Appraisal »

Checkstrip details »

Fall Seeded Acres »

AgriStability - Eligible Expenses »

Livestock Price Insurance - Dry Conditions »


  • The AgriStability Program can help manage the impact of production challenges due to dry conditions.
  • AgriStability payments help offset the financial impact of situations like dry conditions reducing yields.
  • Increased feed costs, inventory reductions and price declines are factored into the AgriStability Calculations of Benefits.
  • AgriStabliity participants currently have the option to apply for an interim benefit payment.
    • The federal and provincial governments have increased the 2021 AgriStability interim benefit payment percentage from 50 per cent to 75 per cent for Saskatchewan producers. 
    • An interim benefit payment is an advance on your final AgriStability benefit payment. You can apply for an interim benefit if you need access to program funds before completing your 2021 program year. 

Call the AgriStability Call Centre at 1-866-270-8450 to learn more.

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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