Novel Crops Insurance

Novel Crops Insurance


  • Novel Crops Insurance provides coverage on crops not currently covered by the AgriInsurance program due to the relatively small number of acres grown and/or lack of data or information available.


  • Novel Crops Insurance is available to all producers that have an AgriInsurance contract.
  • Landlords are not eligible.
  • Coverage is restricted to annual, biennial, and perennial crops grown for the production of grain or seed. Coverage is available in the year of harvest only.
  • Producers must grow and insure at least one typical annual or forage seed crop in order to calculate coverage for the novel crop.
  • Intercrop mixtures are eligible for coverage as a novel crop.
  • Minimum of acres per novel crop is required.
  • Novel crop acres cannot exceed per cent of the producer’s other insured annual and forage seed crop acres grown in that year.

    Eligibility Example

    AgriInsurance Crop Acres
    Red Spring Wheat
    Total Non-Novel Crop acres:
    Maximum acres eligible
    for Novel Crops Insurance:
      = x %
      = acres
  • Seeding deadline for all novel crops is June 20.
  • Novel crops are eligible for a reseed benefit of 25 per cent of the crop’s per acre dollar coverage if the crop fails to establish by June 20.
  • Producers must submit a Seeded Acreage Report to MASC by June 30.


  • The premium is cost shared  per cent by the producer,  per cent by the Government of Canada, and  per cent by the Province of Manitoba.
  • The producer premium cost for Novel Crops Insurance is:
    • $ per acre at the $ per acre coverage level
    • $ per acre at the $ per acre coverage level
    • $ per acre at the $ per acre coverage level


  • Producers may select from three different coverage levels: $, $, or $ per acre.
  • Coverage Example

    novel crop acres
    x $ per acre coverage
      = $
  • Note: Crops insured by Novel Crops Insurance are not eligible for any Stage 1 benefit.
  • March 31 is the last day to apply for or make changes to an MASC AgriInsurance contract (including the selection of Novel Crops Insurance).


  • A claim on novel crop acres is based on the loss experienced by the producer on other typical crops:

    Claim Example

    Crop Indemnity Total Coverage
    Red Spring Wheat
    Loss Percentage:     = /
      = %
    Novel Crops Claim:  
      ( acres with
    $ per acre coverage)
      = acres x $ x %
      = $

Hail Insurance for Novel Crops

  • Many novel crops are eligible for Hail Insurance:
    • Alfalfa mixture (seed)
    • Camelina
    • Crambe
    • Einkorn wheat
    • Grasses (seed)
    • Millet (foxtail seed)
    • Safflower
    • Spelt
    • Spring rye
    • Timothy Seed Common
    • Wheat Emmer
    • Wild rice
    • Winter triticale
  • Producers must complete a Hail Insurance application and select a dollar coverage level.
  • Contact MASC to inquire about Hail Insurance on novel crops not listed above.


Canadian Agricultural Partnership Manitoba Canada