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Crop insurance premiums, coverage going up

Crop insurance premiums and coverage levels are going up in Saskatchewan.

Province will pay $650M in claims this year

A snow dump in October meant some farmers were harvesting their crops into the winter. (Lee Petersen/Twitter)

Crop insurance premiums and coverage levels are going up in Saskatchewan.

Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart says premiums will average $8.51 an acre — up 67 cents an acre from last year's average — because of the need to insure higher value crops such as lentils and canola.

Stewart says coverage levels will increase by $1 to $217 an acre.

The province will also pay out an estimated $650 million in crop insurance claims from 2016 because storms and excess moisture delayed harvest.

About 1.3 million acres of crop is still on the fields.

Stewart says the challenge will be getting that harvested before seeding this year.

The $650 million is not a record loss. In 2002, crop insurance paid out just over $1.2 billion because of a drought.

Clarifications

  • A previous version of this story contained incorrect information in the introductory text. It said the province will pay $650 million in premiums this year. It is, in fact, $650 million in claims.
    Feb 23, 2017 3:35 PM CT

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