While the general Saskatchewan crop insurance deadline to have crops seeded is June 20, the actual date for canola differs by rural municipality and by variety. For example, at R.M. 459 around Melfort, the deadline for one canola hybrid is June 7 while the deadline for another is June 9. This information is not available on the SCIC website, so call the toll free customer service line at 1-888-935-0000 or visit the local SCIC office for specifics. SCIC reminds growers that canola not seeded before the deadline does NOT automatically qualify for unseeded acres coverage. Also take note that broadcast-seeded canola is not eligible for insurance until adequate stand establishment has been confirmed.
AFSC in Alberta has extended its recommended seeding date to June 5 for Argentine canola and June 15 for Polish canola. Clients who seed within the extended dates will be covered for quality loss. For a link to more crop insurance deadlines and details, click your province:Alberta Saskatchewan Manitoba