Ontario farmers experiencing dry weather challenges can find information on production and management on the OMAFRA website. Visit Ontario.ca\AgWeatherIssues to learn more about:
- production practices
- business considerations
- feed alternatives
If a production insurance participant suspects crop damage they should contact Agricorp and file a damage report. Agricorp assesses the damage and determines next steps, including whether or not a claim should be paid.
Production insurance covers production loss and yield reductions caused by insured perils, including lack of rain. Production insurance guarantees a level of production based on a producer’s individual yield history and chosen coverage level.
Customers who are interested in harvesting damaged corn as silage should contact Agricorp to file a damage report before harvesting. An adjuster will respond within 48 hours. A crop inspection will take place prior to harvest to determine the extent of the damage and the impact on the yield. The crop that will be used as silage is recorded using the industry’s standard conversion calculation: one imperial ton of silage is equal to seven bushels of grain corn.
Given the effects of the dry weather on corn development, an adjustment factor may be applied to the yield calculation to discount yield by 10 to 20 per cent. This adjustment accounts for underdeveloped cobs and would increase the potential claim.
AgriStability participants experiencing financial distress because of dry weather can apply for an interim payment, which is an advance on their estimated payment. Interim payments are processed on a priority basis before producers complete their fiscal year.
AgriStability covers margin declines caused by any combination of production losses, adverse market conditions, or increased costs. If a producer’s margin falls below 85 per cent of their recent average, AgriStability helps to offset the difference.
Risk Management Program
Ontario’s Risk Management Program (RMP) helps producers manage risks beyond their control, like fluctuating costs and market prices. The program is available for the cattle, edible horticulture, grain and oilseed, hog, sheep and veal sectors. RMP complements AgriStability and production insurance.
The provincial and federal governments have initiated a joint assessment under the AgriRecovery framework to determine whether financial assistance beyond the existing programs is necessary. Producers are encouraged to contact their commodity associations to provide their input or to get updates on the assessment process.
Financial and production help is available to farm businesses affected by the weather. Farmers can refer to Ontario.ca\AgWeatherIssues or www.agricorp.com online. They can also speak to government staff. OMAFRA’s Agricultural Information Contact Centre can be reached at 1-877-424-1300. Agricorp staff can be called at 1-888-247-4999.