Forage Seed Insurance

Forage Seed Insurance


  • Forage seed insurance provides financial assistance to producers of forage seed when they experience a significant production shortfall.


  • Forage seed insurance is available for alfalfa seed, annual ryegrass seed, tall fescue seed, pedigreed timothy seed, and perennial ryegrass seed.
  • If producers have acreage of both pedigreed and common alfalfa seed, both crop types must be insured.
  • Pedigreed timothy seed is eligible for insurance, however common timothy seed is only eligible for insurance under Novel Crops Insurance.
  • Perennial ryegrass seed is only insurable in the crop year immediately following the crop year in which it was seeded.
  • Annual ryegrass seed is only eligible for insurance in the crop year it is seeded.
  • To qualify for pedigreed timothy or alfalfa coverage, the variety must be eligible for certification as pedigreed seed in Canada and the acres must meet all CSGA field history standards.
  • All varieties are insurable.
  • There must be a minimum of per cent ground cover of the insured crop for the acreage to be insured.
  • March 31 is the last day to apply for, make changes to (add or delete crops and change coverage levels) or to cancel AgriInsurance.


  • An insured producers’s historic yields ( years) are used to calculate their probable yield.
  • Producers without a verified yield history in any of the previous years will have the provincial average yield applied for that year.
  • Producers insuring one of these crops for the first time (no verifiable data) will be assigned the provincial probable yield.
  • Three coverage levels are available: , , or per cent of probable yield.
  • Insurance begins once the crop has established and includes winterkill coverage.
  • For producers insuring a crop for the first time, coverage begins following inspection and acceptance of all acreage.
  • Coverage is provided on one to eight year old stands of pedigreed alfalfa seed, and one to five year old stands of tall fescue seed and pedigreed timothy seed.
  • Dollar values for coverage and indemnity purposes are established prior to the start of the crop year.
  • The grade guarantee is per cent germination for all forage seed crops.
  • June 30 is the last day to file Seeded Acreage Reports.


  • Premium is cost-shared per cent by the producer, per cent by the Government of Canada, and per cent by the Province of Manitoba.


  • Full coverage applies until the crop has been harvested, destroyed, put to alternate use or abandoned (not harvested due to adverse weather conditions).
  • November 30 is the last day to file alfalfa seed, annual ryegrass seed, tall fescue seed, pedigreed timothy seed and perennial ryegrass seed claims and to file Harvested Production Reports.
  • Pedigreed Seed Insurance will apply if a crop is not certified due to a designated peril.
  • Coverage remaining for post harvest claims is reduced by the amount of a Forage Restoration indemnity, if applicable. Forage Restoration does not apply to annual or perennial ryegrass.

Other Program Details

  • June 10 is the last day to destroy an existing forage field in order for it to qualify for Excess Moisture Insurance.
  • Forage Restoration provides a benefit to restore an established forage crop that was damaged due to excess moisture on or before October 1.


  • Alfalfa seed stands must have a minimum number of leafcutter bees per acre for pollination purposes.
  • Bees must be housed in shelters that are evenly distributed throughout the field at a rate of approximately one shelter for every five acres. If there are fewer than one shelter for every five acres, additional bees per acre are required.




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