Prince Edward Island farmers who didn't sign up for AgriStability insurance are being given late access to the program to help with the frost damage in June. The late access will allow perennial farmers hurt by the abnormal amount of late frost to sign up. Those affected included blueberry, strawberry, apple and some vegetable growers, who had fairly significant losses.
At the time of the frost, some farmers reported losses up to 75 per cent of early strawberries and 35 per cent of vegetable crops. Some farmers delayed planting until late June to try and make sure there wouldn't be any further losses.
"The frost in June reduced yields for many wild blueberry growers at a time when we're already getting record low payments for our fruit. Getting in on AgriStability now could be a real help for some farmers," said Rob MacLean, president P.E.I. Wild Blueberry Growers Association.
As reported by cbc.ca, AgriStability insurance only kicks in after a 30 per cent or greater crop loss. The program is cost-shared by the provincial and federal governments. P.E.I. producers will receive information on late participation for 2018 AgriStability insurance by mail in the coming weeks.