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Crop Insurance: Hail claims dipped sharply but unharvested acres soared

The number of unseeded acres rose eightfold but the provincial crop insurer paid out 
less than half the usual amount of hail claims

Dry conditions had one benefit this year — they helped contribute to a big drop in hail damage. “It was very dry in the south, with less activity in relation to hail. The central-south areas were more active this year,” said Daniel Graham, manager of business risk products with the Agricultural Financial Services Corporation (AFSC). […] Read more

Unlike swathed fields, nitrate levels in hailed-out crops can continue to rise and that increases 
the risk of nitrate poisoning.

If you’re going to feed hail-damaged crop to livestock, test it first

Doing a feed test ‘is much cheaper than losing an animal,’ says beef extension specialist

Hail damage this summer is approaching an all-time high — and with many producers putting livestock on their ruined fields, the risk of nitrate poisoning is also shooting up. So be sure to do a feed test first, said a beef extension specialist with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. “A feed test is much cheaper than […] Read more


Salvaging hail-damaged crops

Storm damage to crops can result in problems with nitrate accumulations, especially if the crops were heavily fertilized or manured in the spring to optimize yield. “With volatile weather comes storm damage and, for some producers, this means salvaging crops for feed,” says Andrea Hanson, beef extension specialist, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, Airdrie. Hanson cautions […] Read more

Salvaging hail-damaged crops

Tests recommended to ensure there is no possibility of nitrate poisoning

Storm damage to crops can result in problems with nitrate accumulations, especially if the crops were heavily fertilized or manured in the spring to optimize yield. “With volatile weather comes storm damage and, for some producers, this means salvaging crops for feed,” says Andrea Hanson, beef extension specialist, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, Airdrie. Hanson cautions […] Read more


Manitoba hail, reseed damage claims above average

CNS Canada –– Farmers have seen more weather-related hardships this year than normal, made evident by an above-average amount of hail and reseed damage claims. Summer hail and frost at the end of June and the beginning of July took a toll on crops, leading to insurance claims above the five-year average. Manitoba Agricultural Service […] Read more

Man. edible bean harvest wraps up, hail damage evident

CNS Canada — Manitoba’s edible bean harvest is done, but markets are sitting little-traded and offering low prices to producers, analysts say. The effects of hail storms in south-central Manitoba are now apparent, said Dennis Lange, a farm production advisor with Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development at Altona. “It’s going to affect yields and […] Read more


When to cut after hail

“We’re getting calls at the Ag-Info Centre from producers who have lost their crop to hail and want to know when they should be cutting what’s left for silage or green feed,” says Barry Yaremcio, beef/forage specialist, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, Stettler. “The answer to this question largely depends on how much the crop […] Read more