Clubroot and Crop Insurance Coverage

Res #: 27-18M
Number: 27
Year: 2018
Midterm: Yes
Expired: No
Responses Received: Yes
Departments: Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation

WHEREAS canola is a primary crop in Saskatchewan;

WHEREAS clubroot is a real threat to canola and the agriculture economy;

WHEREAS fields that have a clubroot problem have a history of short canola rotations;

BE IT RESOLVED that SARM lobby the provincial government to deny crop insurance coverage to producers who seed canola consecutively on land.

View response from the Ministry of Agriculture

Responses From: Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture

September 26, 2022

SCIC offers Crop Insurance which provides yield loss coverage for uncontrollable natural perils, such as disease. If SCIC determines reasonable measures to control a peril were not taken, coverage can be reduced or denied. In instances where canola is grown in tight rotation, these high-risk acres are denied coverage if clubroot is the cause of loss. 

SCIC Crop Insurance yield coverage and premiums are adjusted based on customer experience. Premium discounts and surcharges acknowledge risk differences between customers, reducing premiums for customers without a history of repeated claims. Customers with a favourable production experience will receive more coverage and a discounted premium. When an increase in the number or size of losses is experienced, the discount, if present, is reduced or the surcharge is increased. 

SCIC actively monitors producers that have multiple consecutive years of canola. To date, SCIC has not processed a yield loss claim attributed to clubroot due to crop rotation. SCIC is working with industry and the Ministry of Agriculture to develop a long-term plan concerning clubroot. 

The Honourable David Marit – Minster of Agriculture, Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture