Light to medium crop damaged reported across Western Canada

Storms produced hail that ranged from pea-sized to as large as softballs resulting in light to medium crop damage across Western Canada, according to the Canadian Crop Hail Association.

CCHA member companies are investigating about 1,500 claims of crop damage from storms that occurred June 17-23.

Companies contributing to this report are Agriculture Financial Services Corporation, Co-operative Hail Insurance, Municipal Hail Insurance, Palliser Insurance and Rain and Hail Insurance Service.

Darryl Tiefenbach, of Co-operative Hail Insurance, said the stage of growth for each crop will be a factor in assessing hail damage and payable losses.

“We are not expecting large payable losses at this time of year although some crops will be severely damaged,” he said. “Regrowth and recovery are an important part of adjusting crops damaged by these early hail storms.”

Here’s a look at storm damage across the region.

Alberta

Crops damaged: Barley, beans, canola, fababeans, flax, lentils, market gardens, mustard, oats, peas, potatoes, rye, sugarbeets, triticale, wheat.

Communities impacted include: Readymade, Stirling, Barons, Carmangay, Standard, Hussar, Madden, Swallwell, Three Hills, Trochu, Olds, Talbot, Hayter, Bonnyville, Josephburg, Scotford, Barrhead, Westlock, Thorhild, Waskatenau, Wetaskiwin, Taber.

Saskatchewan

Crops damaged: Wheat, canola, peas, oats, corn, barley.

Communities impacted include: Aberdeen, Alameda, Arborfield, Assiniboia, Avonlea, Briercrest, Carlyle, Carnduff, Codette, Cudworth, Elbow, Estevan, Frobisher, Lake Lenore, Midale, Moose Jaw, Nipawin, North Portal, Oxbow, Prince Albert, Spiritwood, Unity, Weyburn, Zenon Park, Davidson, Melville, Glen Ewen, Gravelbourg, Maymont, Radisson.

Manitoba

Crops damaged: Barley, canola, oats, wheat, soybeans, peas.

Communities impacted include: Neepawa, Notre Dame, Rathwell, Treherne.