Crop damage moderate after recent storms
Hail damage ranged from light to medium after recent storms across Western Canada and insurance adjusters remain on pace to complete claims in a timely manner, according to the Canadian Crop Hail Association.
The storms occurred June 25-July 2.
CCHA member companies are investigating more than 1,450 claims of crop damage during the time period.
Companies contributing to this report are Ag Direct Hail, Additional Municipal Hail, Rain and Hail Insurance Service, Palliser Insurance Company, Agriculture Financial Services Corporation and Co-operative Hail Insurance Company.
Some areas are also affected by drought. Later seeding and cooler temperatures have affected crop maturity. Other areas very wet and that has delayed access to the fields but adjusters are still able to complete most claims quickly.
CCHA President Scott McQueen, of Palliser Insurance Company, said the adjuster force is working across all three provinces.
“Damage continues to be light to medium in most areas,” he said. “Crops seem more advanced in Alberta compared to Saskatchewan and Manitoba.”
Yves Dooper, of Agriculture Financial Services Corporation, adjusters with his company are currently focused on storms from June 1-July 22.
“The stage of the crop and the severity of some damage will result in our adjusters deferring settlement in some cases to assess the loss more accurately, but many claims will be settled on the first visit,” he said.
Here’s a look at storm damage across the region.
Crops damaged: Cereals, oilseeds, pulses, and a few specialty crops.
Communities impacted include: Barrhead, Camrose, New Norway, Eckville, Sylvan Lake, Penhold, Innisfail, Olds, Beiseker, Three Hills, Morin, Drumheller, Hanna, Rockyford, Delia, Holden, Wainright, Penhold, High River, Brooks, Oyen, Trochu, Bowden, Acadia Valley, Vermilion, Strathmore, Leslieville, Condor, Spruceview, Disdbury, Torrington, Elnora, Rumsley, Chestermere, Langdon, Lyalta, Aldersyde, Carseland, Mossleigh, Schuler, Rosemary, Hussar, Hay Lakes, Viking and Irma.
Crops damaged: Cereals, oilseeds, pulses, canola, barley, wheat, peas and lentils.
Communities impacted include: Neilberg, Meota, Biggar, Kenasten, Imperial, Strasbourg, Southey, Regina Beach, Regina, Vibank, Esterhazy, Choiceland, Meath Park, Naicam, Wilkie Saskatoon, Langenburg, Burstall, Leader, Sceptre, Eatonia, Glidden, Shamrock, Govan, Leross, Semans, Wilcox, Arran, Major, Luseland, Radville, Ceylon, Minton, Jansen, Melville Leader, Naicam, Southey, Major, Abbey, Cabri, Fox Valley, Gull Lake, Leader, Prelate,Swift Current, Archerwill, Grayson, Yorkton, Kerrobert and Minton.
Crops damaged: Cereals, oilseeds, pulses, wheat, oats, soybeans, canola, buckwheat, grain corn, barley, field peas, beans and silage corn.
Communities impacted include: Binscarth, St. Lazare, Shoal Lake, Minnedosa, Newdale, Plumas, Swan River, Minitonas, Snow Flake, Treherne, Crystal City, Notre Dame, Killarney, Homewood, Dugald, Fork River and Bowsman.
The Canadian Crop Hail Association (CCHA) has been serving the crop insurance industry since 1915. It is a member-driven organization that represents the interests of the Canadian Crop Hail managing general agencies and insurance companies. These private and government organizations together provide a risk management tool to the farmers across Canada. Members are Municipal Hail (Saskatchewan), AG Direct Hail Insurance Ltd, Agriculture Financial Services Corporation (Alberta), Canadian Hail Agencies Inc, Co-operative Hail Insurance Company, Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation, Rain and Hail Insurance Service Ltd., New Brunswick Agricultural Insurance Commission and Palliser Insurance Company Ltd.