Early summer storms damage crops across Canada

Early summer storms across Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba produced hail that resulted in mostly light to medium crop damage with heavy damage reported in some areas, according to according to the Canadian Crop Hail Association.

The storms occurred May 26, June 4, June 9, June 13-17.

CCHA member companies are investigating about 200 claims of crop damage during the time period.

Darryl Tiefenbach, of Additional Municipal Hail, says a storm damaged peas in Cadillac community of Saskatchewan.

“The damage was generally minimal since it is an early storm and the crop is in its early stage of growth,” he said.

Tyson Ryhorchuk of Rain and Hail Insurance Service reported damage to crops in the Alberta communities of Taber, Coaldale, Vauxhall and damage in Albertville in Saskatchewan.

“The wind was a large factor within the Albertville storm as well,” he said.

Brendan Blight of Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation reported damage to fall rye, wheat, canola, soybeans, sunflowers in the Manitoba communities of Altona, Elkhorn and Miniota.

“Fall rye in Altona had some severe damage,” he said. “All other crops had minor damage.”

He said high winds are a factor in adjusting the claims.

Murray Bantle of Cooperative Hail Insurance Company reported light to medium damage to beans, wheat and canola across Manitoba. He also reported light to heavy damage to wheat, canola and peas in Saskatchewan.

Scott McQueen of Palliser Insurance Company reported minor damage to peas and canola in Alberta.

CCHA member companies are reminding customers to review and understand the new COVID-19 protocols designed to keep adjusters and policy holders as safe as possible.



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 Additional Municipal Hail Ltd. (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.