Another week, another hailstorm

MASC is busy processing more hail claims, severe weather damage

Thunderstorms damaged more Manitoba crops July 4 — one week after a vicious hailstorm injured or destroyed crops from Roseisle to Winkler, running roughly parallel to the Pembina Escarpment.

As of July 6 the Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation (MASC) had received 164 hail claims on insured crops, said David Koroscil, MASC’s manager for insurance projects and sales.

Hail hit crops near Virden, north of MacGregor and between Portage la Prairie and Lake Winnipeg.

Heavy rains and some hail were reported in the Steinbach area too.

High winds and up to 95 mm of rail also flattened many crops.

MASC has received 230 hail damage claims from the storm that struck parts of south-central Manitoba June 27, Koroscil said.

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Allan Dawson

Allan Dawson is a reporter with the Manitoba Co-operator based near Miami, Man. Covering agriculture since 1980, Dawson has spent most of his career with the Co-operator except for several years with Farmers’ Independent Weekly and before that a Morden-Winkler area radio station.

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