In its biweekly report, the Canadian Crop Hail Association says that despite some well-publicized storms, the number of hail claims filed by Prairie farmers is well below average for this time of year.
As of mid-week, the member companies reported a total of roughly 2,650 claims in Saskatchewan, 930 claims in Alberta and 500 claims in Manitoba.
In the two weeks since the last report, there is no appreciable hail activity to report in Manitoba. However, claims have continued to be filed from storms on July 4. That storm date accounts for more than 85 per cent of the 500 claims filed.
Many of the claims have been cancelled as damage was less than five per cent. The hardest-hit areas are east of Altona, St. Jean Baptiste, and Lowe Farm. In many cases, claims have been deferred and will be adjusted over the next couple of weeks because the crop was at such an early stage of development.
At 930, hail claims in Alberta are running behind last year and below average for this time of year. This number represents straight hail claims only and does not include claims filed under crop insurance endorsements.
Over the last two weeks, there has been storm activity somewhere in Saskatchewan on almost every date. However, the total of roughly 1,650 claims is below average for this point in the growing season.
A storm on July 12 has been the largest to date in Saskatchewan accounting for nearly one-quarter of the 1,650 claims. That storm hit central Saskatchewan including Delisle, Perdue, Kindersley, Outlook,
Rosetown, Dinsmore, Elrose, Milden and Wiseton.