May 31, 2011 / 8:38 PM / in 6 years

Saskatchewan extends planting deadlines amid wet weather

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (Reuters) - Canada’s biggest crop-producing province, Saskatchewan, is extending its seeding deadlines for farmers to receive crop insurance, as wet conditions leave fields fallow.

Most parts of the Prairies have crop insurance deadlines of between June 10 to 20, depending on the region.

Farmers in areas of Saskatchewan with relatively long growing seasons, such as Kindersley, Swift Current, Moose Jaw and Estevan, will now be able to seed and insure most crops until June 20, the Saskatchewan and Canadian governments said in a joint release.

In the rest of the province, farmers can get insurance on crops seeded by June 15, other than barley, oats, mustard, peas and polish canola, which have a June 20 deadline.

Farmers who can’t plant crops by the new deadlines due to excess moisture can collect payments for unseeded acres.

Reporting by Rod Nickel; Editing by Marguerita Choy

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