Busier than normal month for hail claims

Almost all areas of the province experienced some type of hail damage to crops last month.

The Canadian Crop Hail Association says June was a busier month than usual with more than 650 claims across the Prairies between the 8th and 25th.

Most hailstones ranged in size from peas to golf balls. Early-stage cultures have a better chance of bouncing back than those that were more mature. Farmers bought more hail insurance to protect higher-value crops that cost more to plant, fertilize and spray this year.

In a normal year, the worst time for hailstorms is usually late July and early August.

Below we have a short interview with Tyson Ryhorchuck, Vice President of the Canadian Crop Hail Association, as well as the original July 1 press release.

According to the Canadian Crop Hail Association, the storms produced hail the size of baseballs in Western Canada, causing minor damage to early-stage crops and major damage to mature crops.

The thunderstorms occurred from June 8 to June 25.

CCHA member companies are investigating more than 649 crop damage claims during the period.

Darryl Tiefenbach of Additional Municipal Hail said the storms damaged all types of crops in the Saskatchewan communities of Frontier, Climax, Fillmore, Corning, Glen Avon, Kipling, Moosomin, Rocanville, Swift Current, Shamrock, Mossbank , Spring Valley, Avonlea, Balgonie , Assiniboia, White Fox, Nipawin, Carrot River.

He said the storms produced hail ranging from the size of a pea to the size of a baseball.

“We expect to see minimal to moderate crop damage in their early development stage,” Tiefenbach said.

Heavy rains are also a crop damage adjustment factor.

“The western half of Saskatchewan started out drier than normal due to light snowfall and minimal precipitation before seeding, but many areas have received precipitation over the past few weeks,” Tiefenbach said. “The eastern half of Saskatchewan and Manitoba experienced above average snowfall and above average precipitation before and during seeding. Seeding was later in the eastern half due to slow melting snowpack and subsequent precipitation.

Brendan Blight of the Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation said the storms damaged winter wheat, field peas, canola, oats, red spring wheat, soybeans, fall rye , barley and pinto beans in the Manitoba communities of Benito and Swan River.

He said the storms brought hailstorms ranging from a pea to a quarter size.

“We are still assessing the damage, but so far it is moderate to severe,” he said.

Yves Dooper of Agriculture Financial Services Corporation said the storms damaged canola, wheat, potatoes, dry beans, fall rye, durum wheat and barley in Alberta communities in Carbon, Three Hills, Viking, Mannville, Taber, Stirling, Vauxhall, Strathmore, Irricana. , Olds, Innisfail, Penhold, Stettler, Wetaskiwin and Hay Lakes.

Damage was light to medium.

Scott McQueen of Palliser Insurance said the storms damaged all types of crops in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Alberta.

The storms produced hail ranging in size from peas to golf balls.

“We are seeing a lot of light crop damage at an early stage,” he said. “With planting a little late in most areas, the crops are just starting to emerge from the ground, causing light hail damage. We have seen significant damage in fall rye, winter wheat and some pea crops.

Murray Bantle of the Co-operative Hail Insurance Company said the storms damaged various crops in the Manitoba communities of Stockton, Cypress River, Benito, Swan River, Russel, Baldur, Crystal City, Deloraine, Killarney, Oakburn, Russell, Sandy Lake, Strathclair. , Gladstone, Minnedosa, Neepawa and Rossburn.

Damage was light to heavy.

Heavy rains and wet field conditions are among the crop damage adjustment factors, he said.

Bantle said the storms damaged grains, pulses and oilseeds in the Saskatchewan communities of Chamberlain, Regina, Eastend, Glenavon, Edam, Cutknife, Frontier, Rocanville Lanbank, Fillmore, Winthorst, Assiniboia, Gull Lake Tompkins, Earl Grey, Carrot River, Choiceland, Nipawin, Abbey, Bulyea, Cabri, Chamberlain, Craven, Cupar, Esterhazy, Govan, Holdfast, Imperial, Kelliher, Lake Lenore, Leross, Outlook, Richmound and Yorkton.

Damage was light to heavy.

Rick Omelchenko of Ag Direct Hail Insurance said the storms damaged grains, pulses and oilseeds in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

In Alberta, storms hit Barrhead, Camrose, New Norway, Eckville, Sylvan Lake, Penhold, Innisfail, Olds, Beiseker, Three Hills, Morin, Drumheller, Hanna, Rockyford, Delia and Strathmore.

In Saskatchewan they hit Neilberg, Meota, Biggar, Kenasten, Imperial, Strasbourg, Southey, Regina Beach, Regina, Vibank, Esterhazy, Choiceland, Meath Park, Naicam and Langenburg

In Manitoba, storms hit Binscarth, St. Lazare, Shoal Lake, Minnedosa, Newdale, Plumas and Killarney.

“Ag Direct’s experts went out and handled all claims up to the storm date of June 19,” Omelchenko said. “Wet conditions and regular rain have slowed adjustments, but adjusters are still completing adjustments in a timely manner.”

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