Que. crop insurance claims below average, so far

Quebec’s farm financial agency reports the mid-season number of crop insurance claims this year to be down from the same time last year as well as the five-year average.

La Financiere agricole de Quebec (FAQ) on Tuesday said that as of July 6, it had 1,742 claims, down from 1,993 at the same time last year and down from the 2004-08 average of 1,901.

The crop year began with generally favourable growing conditions, save for small pockets of heat and too much or too little rain, as well as localized hail, windstorms and early-season frosts. 

The province’s first cut of hay was generally reported to be of below- to near-average yield but quality was generally good, FAQ said.

Meanwhile, blueberry yields have so far turned out above average, while annual crops, strawberries, raspberries, apples and early honey yields have so far been about average, the agency said.

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