There’s one more crop option now that the June 20 crop insurance seeding deadline has past – greenfeed.
Manitoba farmers have until July 15 to sow greenfeed and get crop insurance coverage, albeit reduced.
However, not every crop is eligible for greenfeed. The Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation (MASC) defines greenfeed as “oats, barley, mixed grain, wheat, rye, triticale, field peas, sorghum, sudan grass and millet grown separately, or in combination, for the purpose of being cut, baled or silaged for livestock feed.
Farmers who can’t seed or reseed because it’s too wet might want to consider seeding winter wheat or fall rye later this season. However, to get winter wheat crop insurance coverage against winterkill it must be planted into “eligible stubble,” which MASC defines as “stubble from a crop that is harvested in the same year that winter wheat is seeded, with that stubble not having been disturbed by cultivation.
Not all stubble qualifies. MASC says to be covered winter wheat must be seeded into one of the following types of stubble: tame hay, tall fescue seed, rapeseed, canola, barley, wheat, oats, mixed grain, triticale, flax, mustard, fall rye, canaryseed, ryegrass seed, timothy seed, alfalfa seed, hemp grain, sunflowers, corn, borage, millet, corriander, sorghum, sudan grass or buckwheat.
Farmers who seed winter wheat into land without stubble or stubble that’s not approved are not protected against winterkill. However, if the winter wheat survives the winter MASC will insure it for the rest of the growing season.