Manitoba farmers have filed about 220 hail insurance claims so far this season, according to the July 3 report from the Canadian Crop Hail Association, an insurers’ group. That’s not much more than half last year’s level of almost 400 claims in 2008, considered to be an “about average” year.
No severe hail-storms have been seen in Manitoba yet, the group said. Most claims to date are coming from around Waskada, Deloraine, Boissevain, Crystal City and Manitou, with others from around Brandon and Hamiota. Most of the claims came from storms on the weekend of June 26-28.
But sales of hail insurance in the province have picked up in the past couple of weeks and now appear to be “on pace with other years,” the group said.
Hailstorm activity has also been “very light” in Alberta, with just 28 claims filed by July 1. Saskatchewan’s 300 hail claims so far are still “well below average,” the group said.