Agricorp provides Ontario crop damage report numbers
By Amanda Brodhagen, Farms.com
This past week, Ontario growers have faced frost and excess moisture concerns for their crops. Agricorp, which provides risk management programs for producers, says overall the crop damage due to frost or rain doesn’t seem to be widespread or severe. The following is a breakdown of damage reports:
• Frost: 500 reports of crop damage due to frost, which represents about 3 per cent of production insurance customers. Reports have primarily been called in from - Southwestern Ontario – counties like Lambton, Middlesex, Chatham-Kent, and Essex. Crops include, fall and spring seeded grains and oil seeds, fruit and vegetable crops.
• Excess rainfall: About 125 reports due to excess rainfall, which represents less than 1 per cent of production insurance customer. Reports have primarily been called in from - Northern Ontario places like – Thunder Bay, Rainy River, Temiskaming and Chatham-Kent. Crops include, fall and spring seeded grains and oil seeds.
It is still really early in the growing season and producers still face a number of risks between now and harvest. Agricorp encourages farmers to call them right away if they are experiencing crop damage. Once a grower reports crop damage, a damage report is opened, it’s signed an adjuster who will determine the extent of the damage which will provide recommendations into next steps.