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Crop Insurance Cut-off Dates

The cool spring weather conditions and the abundant rain received in recent weeks have slowed down field work throughout Québec.

We are therefore seeing a delay in seeding and planting operations. Flooding has also affected several of Québec’s regions.

Because of the unusual weather conditions, here is a reminder of the cut-off dates for seeding and planting which you should consider if you are enrolled in crop insurance.

Please see: Extension of Seeding Cut-Off Dates.

Please remember that cut-off dates for seeding and planting are an essential condition for a successful crop and a standard to be met for the crop to remain eligible under the Crop insurance program.

A few seeding and planting cut-off dates

Scheduled cut-off dates for seeding cereal, grain corn and oilseed crops
Grain cornAllJune 1
WheatService centres of Alma, Rouyn-Noranda, Caplan, Lévis, Rimouski and Rivière-du-LoupJune 5
WheatOther service centresJune 1
Oats ans barleyAllJune 15
CanolaZones with under 2600 corn heat units (CHUs)June 10
CanolaZones with 2600 CHUs or overJune 1
SoybeansZones with under 2600 CHUsJune 10
SoyabeansZones with 2600 CHUs or overJune 15

To see the specific dates for each municipality, consult the CHU List by Municipality on pages 9 to 24 in the 2017 Guide to Farming Standards Approved by La Financière agricole (PDF).

Scheduled cut-off dates for seeding potatoes
La Financière agricole service centresVarieties maturing after 115 daysVarieties maturing in 115 days or less
Alma, Gatineau, Granby, La Prairie, L’Assomption, Lévis (excluding Côte-Nord sector), Nicolet, Rouyn-Noranda, Saint-Eustache, Saint-Hyacinthe, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Sainte-Marie, Sherbrooke, Trois-Rivières, VictoriavilleJune 10June 10
Caplan, Rimouski, Rivière-du-Loup (excluding Kamouraska loams)June 10June 15
Rivière-du-Loup (for Kamouraska loams)June 10June 20
Lévis (Côte-Nord sector)June 20June 20

Stay up-to-date!

  • The Directory of dates for applying the Crop Insurance program (PDF) contains all dates that you must respect for the following insurable crops:
    • insurable crops under the collective system;
    • cereal, grain corn and oilseed crops;
    • berries;
    • market garden crops;
    • vegetables grown for processing;
    • apples;
    • potatoes.
  • During the growing season, cut-off dates for seeding and completing your harvest can be postponed. Each postponement is announced on our website’s home page at “Crop Insurance: Extension of Seeding Cut-off Dates” or “Crop Insurance: Extension of Harvest Completion Dates.”

What are the risks if I don’t respect these standards?

With crop insurance, if you cultivate areas using farming practices that derogate from mandatory standards, the crops will not be insured. For the recommended standards, the certificate could be changed by adjusting probable yields or withdrawing the areas in question.

You can find further information on the standards to be met in the 2017 Guide to Farming Standards Approved by La Financière agricole (PDF).

If you cannot respect the seeding and planting cut-off dates, you must notify your representative as soon as this is known and no later than when you report your seeded areas. You can also contact your service centre if you have concerns or questions about respecting seeding dates.