The worst hailstorm of the year in Manitoba has resulted in about 600 crop insurance claims so far, the provincial government’s farm insurance corporation said Aug. 18.
Damage from the Aug. 14 storm ranges from total crop loss to slight damage, said David Koroscil, manager of insurance projects and sales for Manitoba Agricultural Services Corp. Hail was as large as three inches in diameter (75 mm).
More than half of the claims are for spring wheat and canola crops. Fields of oats, barley and flax also suffered damage, Koroscil said.
The hail fell in about six areas of the province, with the largest numbers of claims coming from the Hamiota and Birtle areas in the southwest and from Sanford in the south-central part of Manitoba.