Forage Rainfall Insurance Program

Forage and pastureland production depends upon timely precipitation and is vulnerable to losses from accidental fire. The Forage Rainfall Insurance Program (FRIP) is available on native and tame acres for hay or grazing, protecting pasture and hayland in the event that seasonal precipitation is below the long-term average. This is the only insurance program available for native forage. Fire insurance is also provided with the Forage Rainfall Insurance Program.

"What-if" Calculator

Forage Rainfall Program

For calculation scenarios, please go to the FRIP premium and coverage “what if” calculator or contact your customer service office.

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To Enrol

There is no limit to the number of acres you may insure, but a minimum of 10 acres per legal land description is required. The deadline to apply for, reinstate, cancel or make changes to your FRIP endorsement is March 31. Your contract is continuous and unless you make changes to your endorsement by March 31, your insurance remains the same from year to year.

You can choose to participate in the FRIP or the Multi-Peril Program for tame hay acres, however, you cannot participate in both programs in the same year.

Fire coverage is in effect year around from April 1 to March 31.


FRIP premiums are cost-shared. Producers will pay 40 per cent while governments pay 60 per cent. Experience discounts and surcharges do not apply. Premium rates are calculated using weather station historical precipitation data, the weighting option, precipitation cap that you select. The risk of accidental fire is also included in the rate.

Forage Rainfall Insurance Program Coverage

For each land location you wish to insure you must select the following:

  • Weather station
  • Weighting option
  • Precipitation cap
  • Coverage Level (low, medium and high)

Coverage levels follow three soil zones along township boundaries. Your soil zone where your land is located, not the weather station you select, determines your coverage per acre.


Forage Rainfall Insurance Program Coverages

This map outlines the dollar per acre coverages by Saskatchewan soil zone.
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Eligible Weather Stations

The weather station you select must be within 100 kilometres of your land location.
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You must also select the weighting option for each land location insured. This allows you to weight the April to July precipitation to best suit the growing season of your specific forage variety and your management plans for grazing your pasture.

Select a cap of either 125 or 150 per cent of normal precipitation for each land location you insure; any precipitation above this selected cap in any month will not be included in the claim calculation. This cap helps to ensure a large weather event in one month does not impact indemnities.

Monthly Precipitation Weighting Options

Option 130%30%30%10%100%
Option 210%40%40%10%100%
Option 310%30%30%30%100%
Option 420%40%40%0%100%

Forage Rainfall Claim

A forage rainfall claim is triggered when the precipitation at your selected weather station is below 80 per cent of normal. For each percentage point below that 80 per cent, 2.5 per cent of liability will be paid.

  • The rainfall indemnity calculation is based on your selected monthly precipitation weighting and your selected precipitation cap.
  • Precipitation includes all rainfall and snowfall amounts.
  • Quality control measures include verification of all weather station data by a third party (independent of SCIC) using procedures approved by an accredited meteorologist.
  • Only verified data is used in claim calculations.
  • Precipitation determined for the selected weather station is the only means of determining a rainfall claim.
  • Claims are not tied to individual yields or the amount of precipitation on individual parcels of land.
  • Rainfall claims do not have to be filed; they are automatically calculated in August based strictly upon weather station data. Verified monthly precipitation amounts will be available on the SCIC website and at your local customer service office.

Forage Rainfall Claim Calculation Example

These examples use identical precipitation data to demonstrate the impact the monthly weighting and precipitation cap selection has on your FRIP coverage.
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Forage Fire Claim

A fire claim requires an inspection to assess the damaged acres.

  • An eligible fire claim will trigger a payment equal to the full insured value per acre. A minimum of one acre must be damaged to be eligible for payment. 
  • The combined value of a rainfall claim and fire claim cannot exceed the maximum insured value per acre.
    For example, if an acre is fire damaged, the maximum value will be paid. Lack of rainfall will not trigger an additional payment.

Fire Claim Calculation Example

This example is to demonstrate how a fire claim is calculated.
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Weather-Based Programs Terms & Conditions

The Forage Rainfall, Corn Rainfall and Corn Heat Unit Programs were introduced to provide producers with options to tailor their coverage to their operation and expand on limited coverage options for non-traditional crops.

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