It was a quiet year for Alberta hail claims – until Saturday, August 8.
Chris Dyck, manager of insurance operations with Agriculture Financial Services Corporation (AFSC), says that evening, a hailstorm hit the Barrhead/Stony Plain/Leduc area, affecting about 58,000 acres and resulting in about 130 claims by early last week.
Dyck told Call of the Land that a storm of that size is not that unusual. But the following Sunday night there was “a very big event.” The storm started west of Olds and moved south through the Airdrie, Strathmore, east of Taber and then Milk River areas.
That storm is estimated to have affected almost a million acres, and AFSC had received close to 1,300 claims as of last Monday.
Dyck says that until the recent storms, it had been a very light year for hail claims, but that’s changing now that the dry weather has ended in many areas. He encourages affected producers to contact AFSC within three days of any damage to ensure the claim is adjusted.