The number of Saskatchewan farmers seeking extended crop insurance coverage is up substantially this fall.
The executive director of Saskatchewan Crop Insurance, Darby Warner, says 65 hundred farmers have asked for coverage beyond the November 15th deadline.
He says the number is way above the normal number, which is usually less than one thousand.
To date, claims total 74 hundred, which is pretty close to an average year.
But the agency expects claims could reach 10 thousand.
Claims are being processed right now.
Warner says some producers have complained about wildlife losses to ducks and geese.
So far, he says those claims are about average.
But there may be quite a bit of damage to crops left overwinter.
The Crop Insurance agency estimates about 1.7 million acres of crop will be left out over winter for spring combining.