- Potato insurance provides financial assistance to potato growers when they experience a significant production shortfall.
- Insurance is available to producers who grow a minimum of acres of processing or table potatoes in Manitoba.
- For claims or coverage, table and processing potatoes are considered as separate crops with no offsetting.
- Processing potatoes can be insured as dryland or irrigated, and are combined for claim calculations.
- Total acreage of processing and table potatoes must be insured if selected.
- The variety of the potato determines the potato type (table or processing) and whether it is early or late maturing.
- Potatoes grown specifically for the purpose of producing seed are insured as table or processing potatoes depending on variety.
Requirements for Irrigated Coverage
- Fields on which the irrigated potatoes are grown must have working irrigation equipment and an adequate water supply capable of supplying the minimum water requirement specified on the maps available from MASC.
- Irrigation equipment must be capable of applying a minimum application rate of one inch per acre per week. Producers are required to maintain a water log showing the dates and amount of rainfall and the water that was applied to each field.
- Table potatoes can be irrigated or non-irrigated, but are insured the same in both cases; processing potatoes can be insured as either irrigated or dryland.