Hail claims pile up in Manitoba and Saskatchewan

There are already more crop hail claims in Manitoba than were filed for the entire 2011 growing season. At nearly 1,800, Manitoba claim numbers have surpassed the number filed to date in Alberta, despite a much smaller cropped acreage in Manitoba.

The majority of the claims come from a storm system that followed the U.S. border on July 3 and 4 damaging crops near Pipestone, Reston, Sinclair, Deloraine, Killarney, Crystal City, and Snowflake. Damage is reported as being extremely severe in some locations.

Spotty hail was also reported on July 11 between Swan River and Minitonas as well as on July 12 and 13 in the Purves, Neepawa, and Carberry areas.

Claims continue to pile up in Saskatchewan

The claim total for Saskatchewan is approaching 5,000. That’s more than double the number that had been received two weeks ago. Claims for Saskatchewan are running ahead of normal for this time of year.

Major storm dates and locations include:

July 1 – Mortlach
July 2 – Eston, Glidden, Eatonia
July 3 – Lafleche, Caronport, Lumsden, Elbow, Bethune, Simpson, Lanigan, LeRoy, Quill Lake, Rosthern
July 4 – Gainsborough, Carievale, Storthoaks, Alida
July 6 – Spring Valley, Mossbank, Assiniboia, Crane Valley, Chamberlain
July 10 and 11 – Cutknife, Battleford, Delmas, Handel, Landis, Unity, Wilkie
July 12 – Eatonia, Flaxcombe, Kindersley, Rosetown, Leader, Vonda, Oxbow
July 13 – Eston

The Eston area has received multiple storms. In most cases, if the first claim has not been adjusted, the adjuster will inspect the cumulative damage from both (or more) storms all at once.

In all three provinces, weather and wet field conditions are causing delays in adjusting claims. Growers are asked for their patience.

Claims slightly above average in Alberta

A total of just over 1,500 claims have been filed in Alberta, more than double the number from two weeks ago. This number represents straight hail claims only and does not include claims filed under crop insurance endorsements.

Major storm dates and locations include:
July 1 – Drumheller, Red Deer, Three Hills, Standard, Beiseker, Mossleigh, Trochu
July 3 – Red Deer, Wetaskiwin, Olds, Camrose
July 5 – Strathmore, Stettler, Lacombe, Standard, Milo
July 9 – Westock
July 12 – Consort, Oyen, Provost, Spruce Grove

Recent storms have had significant rainfall accompanying the hail ranging in amounts from two to five inches.
 

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