If there is a crop shortfall in your region of at least 10%, the policy automatically pays out on the difference between the year’s actual regional yield and the DEFRA average regional yield (from the last 8 years’ harvests).* No loss assessment is required.
You can cover up to 25% of the shortfall of your projected crop production.
The policy is available for
His forecast selling price is £150/t for the 2021 harvest. Due to extreme drought, regional yields are below the regional average.
Matthew’s insurance policy pays out as follows.
The regional yield shortfall for the 2021 harvest is:
15% – Payout £7.50/t
20% – Payout £15.00/t
25% – Payout £22.50/t
Our Rural Divisional Director, Rupert Wailes-Fairbairn, explains more in this short video filmed on his cereals farm in Northumberland.
Crop shortfall insurance is already a tried and tested solution in Europe, the USA and Australia as the case study below shows.
In 2016, a German wheat co-operative received the full policy payout (30% of the forecast output) following a regional drop in yield to only 6 tonnes per hectare.
Last summer, the UK’s highest-ever recorded temperature of 38.7°C was reached in Cambridge (1), which was followed by England’s fifth wettest November on record (2).
Last autumn, relentless rain led to arable farmers planting the smallest winter cropping area in decades (3).
Three of the hottest years on record have occurred in the last 5 years (4).
There is now a one-in-three chance of record breaking rainfall hitting parts of England and Wales each winter (5).
Managing crop yield volatility risk in this way will help you to smooth cash flow, plan better and keep your bank happy.
1. Met Office, July 2019
2. Met Office, December 2019
3. AHDB Early Bird Survey, February re-run, February 2020
4. NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), US Department
of Commerce, Climate Change: Global Temperature, January 16 2020
5. Thompson, V., Dunstone, N.J., Scaife, A.A. et al. High risk of unprecedented
UK rainfall in the current climate. Nature Communications 8, 107 (2017)