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Manitoba producers who use silage can now 
get crop insurance, something the Manitoba 
Beef Producers has long sought.

Provincial forage AgriInsurance gets upgrade

Livestock producers are getting their wish on how MASC anticipates corn silage yields, among other announcements

Livestock producers relying on corn silage will soon be able to lock in insurance based on personal production history. On Oct. 16, Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development Minister Blaine Pedersen announced individual productivity indexing (IPI) for silage corn, among a list of other feed crop insurance changes incoming for 2021. Until now, MASC has based



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BRMs slow, complicated, kind of pointless, Manitoba farmers say

PROGRAM | Manitoba farmers weigh in on issues with AgriStability

The way some Manitoba farmers see it, they’d be better off if AgriStability didn’t exist. “AgriStability has never been there for cattle producers or grain producers, and definitely not there for the mixed producers,” said Mitch Janssens, who farms near Boissevain. Earlier this month, Ag Minister Blaine Pedersen said the program, long under fire from

Manitoba winter wheat, fall rye seeding deadlines extended

MASC spots growers an extra two weeks

Manitoba’s provincial crop insurance agency will spot growers of fall rye and winter wheat an extra couple of weeks to get insurable crops in the ground. Manitoba Agricultural Services Corp. (MASC) announced Tuesday that growers can get full coverage on winter wheat or fall rye seeded from Aug. 15 to Sept. 25, and reduced coverage



Heavy rains battered parts of southwestern Manitoba in late June and early July, but so far that hasn’t meant a flood of crop insurance claims.

Southwest storm generates few crop insurance claims so far

More could be filed once farmers have a better handle on their losses

Heavy rains that struck parts of southwestern Manitoba June 28 to July 2 have resulted in just “a handful of crop insurance claims” as of July 9. “Nothing earth shattering,” David Koroscil, manager of claim services with the Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation (MASC), said in an interview. “That might change in time.” Areas north of Brandon and

Ontario to insure for crop loss due to lack of labour

AgriInsurance offering hailed as a first in Canada

Ontario’s federal/provincial AgriInsurance program has been temporarily expanded to include coronavirus-related labour shortages as a covered cause for crop loss. Producers already enrolled in an eligible production insurance plan and hit by crop losses due to labour disruptions during the 2020 growing season will be able to get further insurance coverage, the Ontario and federal

As Manitoba farmers take off their first forage cut, a new report offers them hope this crop could soon be more insurable.

Forage insurance review offers hope to producers

Issues with the program prevented widespread adoption, but that could now change

The first word is in on possible forage insurance changes, and it largely reflects concerns voiced by producers. On June 19, Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development released the findings of the awaited forage insurance review, announced last fall in the wake of critically low hay harvests. The report called for a hard look on how


The frost that hit much of agro-Manitoba May 30 only caused light damage for the most part but it's one more stress along with growing flea beetle feeding in canola, cutworms in various crops, packed soils and hot dry winds. This frost damaged canola seedling was photographed near Starbuck May 31.

MASC records more than 480 reseeding claims so far

Flea beetles, wind, crusted soil and frost have been the main perils

After the harvest from hell last fall Manitoba farmers are struggling with spring seeding setbacks. As of June 4 the Manitoba Agricultural Service Corporation (MASC) had received more than 480 reseeding claims representing 130,000 acres, due to perils including frost, flea beetles, crusted soils and hot, dry winds, or a combination of some or all,

Flooded southeast Manitoba crops under threat

Initial reports suggest many farmers could soon be filing crop insurance claims

The final fate of flooded fields in southeastern Manitoba has yet to be determined, but initial reports aren’t good with the likely result that many affected insured farmers will submit crop insurance claims. “Approximately 20 to 30 per cent of the land in southern districts (of eastern Manitoba) was still unseeded and will now likely