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Canada-Québec Support Initiative for Farm Enterprises Affected by Exceptional Hail Episodes in 2017

Examples of additional expenses

Expense categoriesExamples of additional expenses
Infrastructure repair
  • Irrigation
  • Mulch attachment or detachment
  • Gravel
  • Materials
  • Destruction of plants in fields and  greenhouses
  • Cleaning ditches, picking up branches and rubble in fields
  • Pumping water out of fields
  • Reconstructing dikes
  • Reconstructing culverts
  • Repairing underground drainage and gully systems
  • Repairing hedgerows
  • Maintenance
  • Fuel
  • Lubricants and replacement parts
  • Costs for using machinery
  • Costs for leasing machinery
  • Replacing damaged equipment
  • Repairing and cleaning tractors and damaged equipment
  • Re-installing irrigation and protective equipment in fields
  • Modifying heavy equipment providing access to fields and aerial spraying equipment
Labour costs
  • Harvest and preparation time
  • Contract work
  • Wages
  • Costs for additional manual picking, sorting and grading during harvesting
  • Costs related to extra seasonal labour: transportation, leasing of vehicles, travel, lodging
Other variable costs
  • Electricity
  • Seeds and plants
  • Fertilizers, conditioners, pesticides
  • Testing costs
  • Interest on lines of credit and long-term loans
  • Transportation on and off the farm
  • Seeding, planting, weeding, irrigation, spraying, adjoining leaves
  • Cleaning products
  • Consultants, advisory club
  • Telecommunications costs
  • Soil, water and health safety tests (ex. salmonella and E Coli)
  • Water treatments
  • Engineering, site management and  surveillance costs
  • Customs duties on imported equipment

Note: This list is informative and non-exhaustive. It illustrates, without being limited to, the various additional expense sources possible, generated by hail episodes and the weather-related conditions that accompany such episodes.