Make Sure You Are Covered. Report What You Have Seeded.

Crop Insurance coverage cannot be finalized until the Seeded Acreage Report is submitted. It would be disappointing having put in time and effort in doing everything else necessary for crop insurance coverage but not completing the next step of filing a Seeded Acreage Report. The Seeded Acreage Report ensures the producer’s Crop Insurance coverage is correct by verifying acres, crop variety, seeding dates and the type of land seeded such as stubble, summerfallow or irrigation.

Posted Jun. 14, 2017

Producers will find the Stored Grain Declaration included with the Seeded Acreage Report mailed out in May. The stored grain declaration is to record all previous production stored on the farm, otherwise, it will be considered new production. In case of a claim, assessing loss becomes challenging when old grain is mixed with new grain.  Take a moment to complete both forms carefully in order to reduce errors in premium coverage and calculations.

The deadline to submit the Seeded Acreage Report and Stored Grain Declaration is June 25. Producers have until July 5 to report seeded greenfeed acres.

A step-by-step instruction guide is available and will be mailed to producers with the SAR to assist in completing the Seeded Acreage Report and Stored Grain Declaration. Both the SAR and Stored Grain Declaration can be completed using SCIC’s online application, CropConnect. Additional assistance is available by contacting a local Crop Insurance office.

Unseeded Acreage

Enrolment in Crop Insurance automatically includes coverage for land that is too wet to seed due to excessive spring moisture under the Unseeded Acreage Feature (USA). Land that is prone to flooding; however, is not eligible for coverage under the USA feature. This includes sloughs in the field that are traditionally wet or remain underwater in a year of normal moisture.

Producers will have already selected their level of coverage. The four coverage levels are $50, $70, $85 and $100 per acre.

The deadline for reporting unseeded acres is June 25.  Please note the completion of a seeded acreage report does not guarantee a claim has been filed. To ensure a claim is registered, use CropConnect or contact a customer service office and request an inspection on acres so claim payments are timely. Claims received after the June 25 deadline will be subject to a 25 per cent reduction to a maximum of $1,000. Claims received after July 2 may be denied.

Unseeded acreage claims are now included in the experience discount/surcharge calculation. Any such claims will affect a customer’s 2019 individual discount/surcharge.

Seeding Deadlines

Crop Insurance customers are reminded SCIC will not provide coverage on crops seeded after June 20. Customers should keep in mind that although this is the general final date for seeding across the province, most crops need to be seeded earlier, depending on crop, variety and area of the province. Final seeding dates are based on the latest average first fall frost.

To assist producers, SCIC has developed a Seeding Date Tool which maps out seeding dates, for each crop capable of growing to maturity in townships across the province. The dates provided represent the last date SCIC will accept full liability on a crop. Producers can find the Seeding Date Tool on saskcropinsurance.com.

The Ministry of Agriculture’s “Varieties of Grain Crops 2017” contains maturity ranges by crop, variety and first fall frost. Customers, who require more information, should contact their local Crop Insurance office for assistance in determining the final seeding date.

Crops seeded too late to be reasonably expected to mature, may have coverage reduced or denied.

Establishment Benefit

The Establishment Benefit is available for crops that suffer significant damage or fail to adequately establish before June 20, due to insurable causes of loss.  

If the crop should be worked down before June 20, contact SCIC immediately and an adjuster will inspect those acres. To qualify for an Establishment Benefit claim, the land area must be five acres or greater in one parcel (not scattered) per legal land description. A producer must have the lesser of 10 acres or 10 per cent of the affected crop seeded before a claim is paid.

If a customer chooses to reseed the acres, insurance may be purchased on the reseeded acres even if the crop was not previously selected for insurance coverage. If the reseeded crop was previously selected for insurance, those acres will continue to be insured. To be eligible for insurance the reseeded crop must be planted by the seeding deadline.

CropConnect

Producers who appreciate the convenience and ease of online banking will enjoy SCIC’s digital application CropConnect. CropConnect makes it easy for the producer to complete and submit Crop Insurance forms at their own pace, from wherever they want, whenever they want. Not registered? No problem. Enrol today by calling an SCIC representative at 1-888-935-0000.  Customer service can help producers login, provide an authorization number and walk them through the ease of using this tool. It is a fast and efficient way to conduct Crop Insurance business. Once signed up, producers can report seeded acres and stored grain, file claims, complete declarations, view accounting information, choose endorsements, calculate premiums and view all past information and transactions conducted with SCIC.

For customers utilizing their smart phone, CropConnect comes in a mobile application.  With CropConnect completing Crop Insurance information can be easily conducted from the field or home.

More Information

The deadline to submit the Seeded Acreage Report and Stored Grain Declaration is June 25. Producers have until July 5 to report seeded greenfeed acres. For more information about SCIC’s programs and services visit your local Crop Insurance office, call toll-free 1-888-935-0000, or go to saskcropinsurance.com.  Crop Insurance is funded in part by Growing Forward 2, a cost-shared, federal-provincial-territorial initiative.