damaged wheat crop


Following the deregulation of the wheat industry in 1987, United Wheatgrowers (NZ) Ltd provided disaster relief insurance previously arranged through the New Zealand Wheat Board.

Currently under the Commodity Levies (Wheat Grain) Order 2008, United Wheatgrowers (NZ) Ltd collects a compulsory levy from New Zealand wheat growers on all wheat grain sold.

Levy rate

The levy rate is determined annually by the United Wheatgrowers (NZ) Ltd Electoral Committee. At the 2019 AGM, the levy was set at $3.75/t plus GST for the 1 February 2020 - 31 January 2021 collection period.

 Wheat Levy Form (71k)

Use of the levy

United Wheatgrowers (NZ) Ltd spends the levy solely on disaster relief insurance and the administration cost of this insurance. This disaster relief insurance is a unique scheme run by wheat growers for wheat growers. Only wheat insurance schemes that meet the following conditions will be purchased:

  • Provide a flat rate cover with no excess and no minimum loss
  • Where the premium is paid on delivery of the product, and only on the tonnage delivered

The level of cover is based on cost of production, and will be set at slightly below the lowest expected value of wheat grain.

Levy Collection

The levy is collected from growers at first point of sale by collection agents - being any processor, wholesaler or retailer buying wheat grain or value-added processed product.

Growers selling wheat grain or value-added processed product to anyone other than collection agents are required to pay the levy directly to United Wheatgrowers (NZ) Ltd on a two-monthly basis. This process involves filing a new separate UWG levy form which is available both as a paper form or online via the Foundation for Arable Research website. The paper form is also available to download as a PDF above (under Levy Rate) or can be obtained from the UWG secretarial office of Brown Glassford (ph: 03 3650-881/email: nicola.french@brownglass.co.nz).

United Wheatgrowers (NZ) Ltd and Foundation for Arable Research jointly engage an auditor annually to audit the levy collection processes of both UWG and the Foundation for Arable Research. A selection of both collection agents and individual wheat growers are audited.

Current Insurance Contract

United Wheatgrowers (NZ) Ltd currently has an insurance contract with FMG. The insurance contract for the 2019/20 season with all detail is below.

In summary, the defined events in the contract are:

  1. Fire, lightning and explosion
  2. Hail
  3. Flooding beyond normal water course boundaries
  4. Wandering stock not belonging to, or under control of, insured
  5. Snow
  6. Frost
  7. Overturning of vehicle
  8. Aircraft or spatial device damage
  9. Earthquake, volcano or landslip
  10. Physical loss in silo or in transit

Note that there is a exclusion for acts of terrorism, including destruction or loss by opponents of genetic engineering. No insurance protection is provided for these acts.

Crops are insured from 1 November in any growing season, with the exclusion of frost which is covered from the 15th November. There is an extension for re-sowing early damaged crops. In this circumstance, either the cost of re-sowing the wheat crop (or another crop if agreed with FMG), or the cost of fertiliser and/or fungicide applied to the abandoned damaged crop, is payable.

Cover is currently $225 per tonne loss, or costs of re-sowing provided they do not exceed $225 per tonne of expected yield multiplied by the area affected.  This is an increase from last year. 


Should a wheat grower experience an event which is covered by the United Wheatgrowers (NZ) Ltd disaster relief insurance, the grower should immediately contact FMG on:

0800 366 466

Once notified, FMG will issue a formal claim form to be submitted within 14 days of the event.

FMG will then employ a member of the electoral committee or director of United Wheatgrowers (NZ) Ltd from the appropriate region to assess the damage to the effected crop. Once the damage has been assessed and processed, and actual tonnages delivered have been finalised, the settlement can be made.

In the event of frost damage not being recognised immediately, the damage should be notified as soon as reasonably possible.

No harvest of a damaged crop shall take place before FMG is notified.

Cost of insurance

After negotiations with FMG during the 2019 year, the rates changed for the period 1 February 2020 to 31 January 2021 to $3.75/tonne plus GST, i.e. FMG charge United Wheatgrowers (NZ) Ltd a premium of $3.50/tonne plus GST and United Wheatgrowers (NZ) Ltd levy growers $3.75/tonne plus GST. 

Insurance Contract

 Wheat Scheme Contract of Insurance 2019-2020

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