Severe late August storms damage crops across Western Canada

A series of severe storms produced hail as large as golf balls, high wind and a tornadic event that damaged crops across Western Canada, according to the Canadian Crop Hail Association.

The storms ended months of dry weather and created challenging conditions for harvest. Insurance adjusters are working around the clock to complete claims ahead of the combines.

CCHA member companies are investigating more than 1,467 claims of crop damage from storms that occurred Aug. 21-28.

Darryl Tiefenbach, of Additional Municipal Hail, said storms damaged canola, wheat, soybean and other crops in the Saskatchewan communities of Kindersley, Rosetown, Biggar, Saskatoon, Abbey, Assiniboia, Moose Jaw, Cupar, Melville, Moosomin, Watson and Spalding.

“We expect there will be some areas as heavily damaged as we have seen throughout the 2021 hail season so far,” he said.

Brendan Blight, of Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation, said storms damaged crops with pea size hail in the Manitoba communities of Boissevain, Souris, Brandon, Mcauley and Hamiota.

“Harvest is underway and we will have to work to stay in front of the combines,” he said.

Scott McQueen, of Palliser Insurance, said storms damaged canola and cereals in all Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Alberta with pea-to-golf ball size hail.

“Some severe damage to both cereals and canola was reported,” he said. “Standing canola was hit hard in both Saskatchewan and Alberta. Poor crop condition in many areas is contributing to well above average hail payouts.”

Tyson Ryhorchuk, of Rain and Hail Insurance Service, said storms damaged canola, wheat, barley and corn with pea-to-marble size hail in the Saskatchewan communities of Tantallon, Esterhazy, Melville, Rosetown, Kindersley, Brock, Unity, Plenty, Dodsland, Cut Knife and the Manitoba communities of Virden, Kola, Dunrea and Killarney.

“Wet conditions have slowed progress on claims adjusting,” he said. “Please be patient for adjusters, as they are working around the clock to complete claims. If you need to harvest your fields, please be sure to leave adequate strips for adjusters as set forth by the company.”

Murray Bantle, of Co-operative Hail Insurance Company, said storms damaged canola and cereals in the Manitoba communities of Brandon, Minto and Baldur.

“With 95 percent of our August claims adjusted so far in Manitoba, the number of claims is below the 5-year average as are days with storm activity,” he said. “Our average per claim remains just slightly below the 5-year average.”

In Saskatchewan, Bantle said storms damaged crops with pea-to-ping pong ball size hail. He said wind and a tornadic event are factors in adjusting for crop damage.

“August 23 through August 29 was a week of unsettled active weather heavily damaging many ripe crops across the province,” he said. “With little to no rain over the previous two months this last week of August has quickly added some topsoil moisture. Producers were into the beginning of an early harvest on dry and droughted crops. However, this moisture quickly put a stop to further progress.”

He said 31 percent of August claims are adjusted in Saskatchewan.

“So far our number of claims is below the 5-year average,” he said. “The number of days with storm activity is below the 5-year average as well.  The average per claim so far is above the 5-year average.”

Cassandra Holt, of Canadian Hail Agencies, said storms damaged crops in the Alberta community of High River. In Manitoba, she said storms damaged crops south of Brandon. Holt said Storms damaged crops in the Saskatchewan communities of Kindersley, Rosetown, Prelate, Abbey, Fiske, Blumenhof, Fort Qu’appelle, Moose Jaw, Balcarres, Bigger, Plenty, Outlook, and Stornoway.

Brenda Ebeling, of Agriculture Financial Services Corporation, said storms damaged crops in the Alberta communities of Atmore, west of Rocky View, west of Rosebud west of Strathmore, Standard, Hussar, west of Finnegan, southwest of Coronation, east of Blackie and southwest of Bassano.

Growers report minor storm damage as harvest continues across Western Canada

Harvest continues across Western Canada with growers reporting minor storm damage and insurance adjusters moving quickly to finalize claims, according to the Canadian Crop Hail Association.

CCHA member companies are investigating more than 53 claims of crop damage from storms that occurred Aug. 15-22.

Scott McQueen, of Palliser Insurance, said storms damaged crops in Alberta and Manitoba with hail ranging from pea to marble size. The damaged was mostly minor.

“We had a light week of claims in Western Canada as harvest continues,” he said. “Rainfall has slowed harvest in many areas as adjusters move quickly to wrap up claims. Claims are finishing quickly as many of the fields have been opened up for easy access.”

Cassandra Holt, of Canadian Hail Agencies, said storms damaged crops in the Saskatchewan community of Strathclair.

Ellen Grant, of AG Direct Hail Insurance, said storms damaged crops in the Alberta communities of Hussar and Standard. In Manitoba, she said storms damaged crops in Oakburn, Sandy Lake, and Boissevain.

Murray Bantle, of Co-operative Hail Insurance Company, said storms damaged canola and wheat in the central Manitoba communities of Shoal Lake, Elphinstone, Sandy Lake and Strathclair. The damage ranged from light to medium, he said.

“The number of claims are below the 5-year average in July for Manitoba,” he said. “Hail event days are slightly below average. The claim severity, or cost-per-claim, is above average. For August, so far, our number of claims is below the average. Hail event days are below average and cost-per-claim is nearing average. So far, it has been a light hail year in Manitoba.”

In Saskatchewan, storms damaged canola. The damage was light, Bantle said.

“Our July claims are 97 percent complete in Saskatchewan,” he said. “The number of claims is below average. Hail event days are slightly below average. The claim severity is above average.  For August, we are 91 percent complete. So far, our number of claims is below average. Hail event days are below average and cost-per-claim is near average. So far, the year has seen below average activity in Saskatchewan but the severity is much above average.”

Brendan Blight, of Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation, said storms produced pea size hail that damaged crops in the Manitoba communities of Foxwarren, Elm Creek and Oakburn.

“The damage was very minor with a scattering of a few claims across the province,” he said. “Harvest is progressing with a large chunk of the cereals having been harvested in areas.”

For more information and past reports: cropinsuranceincanada.org

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.

Storms damage crops as harvest continues

Storms damaged crops across much of Western Canada as harvest continues, according to the Canadian Crop Hail Association.

The association is urging farmers to leave enough damaged crops in the field to allow adjusters to process claims.

“Remember to leave adequate samples if you are harvesting your crops prior to an adjuster arriving,” said association President Scott McQueen of Palliser Insurance Company. “If you need more information on what to leave, please contact your insurance provider.”

The storms occurred Aug. 3-9

CCHA member companies are investigating more than 327 claims of crop damage during the time period.

McQueen said storms damaged crops in central to northern Alberta and central to northern Saskatchewan. The damage ranged from light to medium.

“We are seeing lots of wind damage along with hail in certain areas,” he said.

Cassandra Holt, of Canadian Hail Agencies, said storms damaged crops in the Alberta community of Drumheller.

Murray Bantle, of Co-operative Hail Insurance Company, said storms damaged cereals and oilseeds in northwest Saskatchewan from Unity to North Battleford. Damage was ranged from light to heavy.

“The completed claims, or claim severity in Saskatchewan, remains well above the 5-year average for our company,” he said. “With the dry crop conditions, hailstorms have taken their toll on the standing crops. Harvest has started on the pulse crops of peas and lentils, with the dry hot conditions advancing harvest quickly in the southern part of the province.”

Ellen Grant, of AG Direct Hail Insurance, said storms damaged crops in the Alberta communities of Cherhill, Barrhead, Three Hills, Red Deer County, Beiseker, Olds, Rockyview, Del Bonita, Drumheller, Acme and Magrath.

Jackie Sanden, of Agriculture Financial Services Corporation, said storms damaged crops in the Alberta communities of Fort Assiniboine, southwest Barrhead, Vega and Neerlandia. They also damaged crops in Crossfield, Rocky View, Three Hills, Wimborne, Finnegan, Acme, Alix and Innisfail.

Darryl Tiefenbach, of Additional Municipal Hail, said storms damaged crops in the Saskatchewan communities of Rosetown, North Battleford and Glaslyn. Damage was moderated, he said.

“We are currently adjusting the July 22 storm date in all areas affect by this largest hail event of 2021,” he said. “We will have all claims for this storm date adjusted in the next 8-10 days.”

Brendan Blight, of Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation, said storms damaged crops with pea sized hail in the Manitoba communities of Deloraine, southeast of Dauphin, Lyleton and north of Altona.

He said low rainfall has stressed crops across the province.

“Damage is minor for the most part,” he said. “There are reports of larger damage and stones north of Altona from the evening of August 9 but we are still fielding phone calls and do not have firm claim numbers yet.”

For more information and past reports: cropinsuranceincanada.org

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.

Late July storms damage crops across Western Canada

Late July storms damaged crops across Western Canada with hail as large as golf balls, according to the Canadian Crop Hail Association. The storms occurred July 21-30. CCHA member companies are investigating more than 311 claims of crop damage during the time period.

Murray Bantle, of Co-operative Hail Insurance Company, said storms damaged cereals and oilseeds in northwest Manitoba with hail as large as an inch.

“Manitoba has seen minimal hail activity so far this season,” he said. “All reported and completed storms are light damage.”

In Saskatchewan, storms damaged cereals, legumes and oilseeds in the east central and west central areas of the province with ping pong ball sized hail, he said.

“In Saskatchewan, June storm activity was below the 5-year average, as well as storm severity,” he said. “July storm activity below the 5-year average but storm severity was way above normal so far on completed claims.”

Jackie Sanden, of Agriculture Financial Services Corporation, said storms damaged crops in dozens of communities across Alberta.

Cassandra Holt, of Canadian Hail Agencies, said storms damaged crops in the Alberta community of Barrhead. In Manitoba, storms damaged crops in Swan River and Dauphin. Storms damaged crops in the Saskatchewan community of Norquay, she said.

Ellen Grant, of AG Direct Hail Insurance, said storms damaged crops in the Alberta communities of Barrhead, Gem, Westlock, Viking and Lacombe. In Saskatchewan, storms damaged crops in Pelly, she said. Manitoba reported storm damage in Hazelridge and Sifton.

Scott McQueen, of Palliser Insurance Company, said storms damaged crops across Saskatchewan with small to golf ball sized hail. He said some of the damage was severe to dry crops.

“Poor crop conditions are making loss payments skyrocket,” he said, noting that harvest is underway in all three provinces.

Above normal dry conditions on the prairies have been the main reason for a slower hail season, said Darryl Tiefenbach, of Additional Municipal Hail.

His company recorded 1,300 claims from June 5 to July 17.

But, he said, recent storms have been much stronger.

“Some of the early reports indicate there was varying sized hail with rain and wind,” he said. “Pictures of some of the hail stones near Invermay were the size of baseballs.”

For more information and past reports: cropinsuranceincanada.org

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

CCHA insured more than $6.7 billion in 2020

Prairie farmers continue to insure their crops for hail damage at near record levels. 2020 was a below the 5-year average for claims but endured higher than average claim payments. Overall, the industry will record a near breakeven type of year. Claims produced insurance payouts of over $192 million on over 12,100 claims in Western Canada. Producer premiums totaled just over $300 million for an industry loss ratio of 64 percent.

Timely rains and good seeding conditions gave producers some early hope after a poor fall harvest.  For some areas, the weather dried out quickly.  Reserve moisture helped many producers across the prairies. Some crops did suffer from insufficient moisture and excess heat.  Indications are that crops range from excellent to average for the most part.  With industry premiums decreasing an average of 15% over the past 5 years, producers welcome one of the few declining agricultural input costs.

Some parts of the prairies received less than average storm days throughout the summer, but storm severity made up for the decrease. July storms caused havoc across Alberta and Saskatchewan.  But a single-day late August event in Saskatchewan was costly to ripe crops.  Manitoba was spared after 2 years of higher-than-average losses.  Activity was widespread around the prairies.

Hardest hit was Alberta with an industry loss ratio of 83% similar to 2019.  Saskatchewan followed with a 65% loss ratio, down from 95% a year earlier. Manitoba saw limited hail activity posting a 29% loss ratio after suffering a 93% loss ratio in 2019.

After a year of contrasts and challenges producers welcomed the ideal seeding conditions.  2019 poor harvest conditions provided much needed sub soil moisture to help get the 2020 seeding year off to a great start.  Summers timely rains for many provided what looked to be above average crop conditions.  A warm dry fall provided many straight days of harvest allowing producers to reap the benefits of the growing season.

The summer was mostly average for the number of storm days.  The storm season was spread mostly through June to August.  September was spared allowing producers to finish up harvest.  Claim frequency (Claim to Policy) was down 4% from the 5-year average. Storm severity (Average per Claim) was up 10% from the average.

Alberta hail claims result in second straight year of negative results

Alberta’s storm activity resulted in similar activity to 2019 for the industry. An early severe storm that pummeled the city of Calgary also caused crop damage, however, early crop recovery helped lessen industry losses.  Claim activity was up over 26% compared to the 5-year average, while claim severity at more than $20,000 per claim was higher by more than 20% compared to the average.  Total hail payments for 2020 were reported at just over $69 million.  The overall reported loss ratio was 83%.  Total sums insured increased for 2020, with rates appearing to stabilize.

Saskatchewan reported average loss year

Saskatchewan saw a decrease in storm activity compared to 2019. A late August storm dampened what was looking to be a light hail season for industry insurers. The late storm on harvest ready crops was the most expensive of the year.  Claim activity was down 1% compared to the 5-year average, while claim severity at $13,000 per claim was a decrease of about 15% compared to average.  Total hail payments for 2020 were reported at just over $163 million.  The overall reported loss ratio was 65%.  Total sums insured increased for 2020, with average rates continuing to soften.

Manitoba records light hail activity for 2020

Manitoba recorded a decrease in storm activity compared to 2019. Little storm activity resulted in positive results for the province.  Claim activity was down 59% compared to the 5-year average, while claim severity at $9,900 per claim was down 22% compared to the average.  Total hail payments for 2020 were reported at over $15 million.  The overall reported loss ratio was 29%.  Total sums insured decreased slightly for 2020, with average rates decreasing slightly as well.

Who we are: 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.

CCHA thanks farmers, adjusters as unprecedented 2020 season ends

Members of the Canadian Crop Hail Association are proud to have helped farmers in Western Canada manage the risks of Mother Nature safely and effectively during the unprecedented 2020 season, the association’s president said.

“We started the 2020 hail season in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic that required new social distancing guidelines to keep our adjusters and our customers safe,” said Scott McQueen, CCHA president. “On top of that, Mother Nature didn’t let up this year with damaging hail, flooding rain and tornadoes. We want to thank our adjusters, who adapted to the new safety guidelines while providing the same great service to farmers. We also want to thank all of our customers for growing the food we rely on during this challenging time.”

CCHA members have completed final hail damage claims.

“On a positive note for 2020, the relatively warm and dry fall allowed farmers to complete harvest well ahead of scheduled in most places across Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan,”

McQueen said. “We congratulate growers on the successful harvest and look forward to serving them again next year.”

It’s never too early to start planning insurance coverage for next season, McQueen said.

“CCHA member companies are ready to help growers find the insurance products they need to manage weather risks and protect the investments they make in their crops,” he said. “I encourage growers to contact a CCHA member company today so we can start planning for 2021.”

 

Milder weather means fewer storms as harvest continues

Milder weather resulted in fewer damaging storms across western Canada as harvest nears the halfway mark in some places, according to the Canadian Crop Hail Association.

The storms occurred Sept. 4-11.

CCHA member companies are investigating more than 16 claims of crop damage during the time period.

Murray Bantle, of Co-operative Hail Insurance Company, said storms damaged oilseeds in the Manitoba communities of Benito and McCreary.

“Only small scattered thunderstorms this week for Manitoba,” he said. “Our August claims in Manitoba are 94 percent complete at this time.”

In Saskatchewan, storms damaged oilseeds and cereals in Bethune, Lucky Lake, Nipawin and Wilkie.

“Scattered thunderstorm activity caused damage on ready-to-harvest crops,” he said. “We are asking growers to make sure to leave adequate samples to adjust from. Harvest is now nearing 50 percent complete according to the provincial crop report. August storms are now 90 percent adjusted in Saskatchewan.”

Jackie Sanden, of Agriculture Financial Services Corporation, said storms damaged crops in the Alberta communities of La Glace, Pincher Creek, Calmar and Thorhild.

Cassandra Holt, of Canadian Hail Agencies, said storms damaged crops in the Alberta community of Westlock. In Saskatchewan, storms damaged crops in Norquay.

Storms damage crops with pea size hail across western Canada

Storms produced pea size hail and caused heavy damage to standing ripe crops in some places, according to the Canadian Crop Hail Association.

The storms occurred Aug. 28-29, Sept. 2-5 and Sept. 7.

CCHA member companies are investigating more than 800 claims of crop damage during the time period.

Beth Shewkenek, of AG Direct Hail Insurance, said storms damaged crops in the Saskatchewan communities of Plenty, Rosetown and Battleford.

Tyson Ryhorchuk, of Rain and Hail Insurance Service, said storms damaged wheat and canola in the Saskatchewan and Alberta communities of Wilkie, Biggar and Mannville. They produced pea size hail.

Murray Bantle, of Co-operative Hail Insurance Company said storms damaged pulses, oilseeds and grains in the Manitoba communities of Neepawa, Oakburn, Solesgirth, Sandy Lake, St. Jean, Niverville and Winkler.

In Saskatchewan, he said storms damaged cereals, oilseeds and pulses in Glasnevin, Kipling, Prince Albert, Biggar, Central Butte, Dodsland, Elfros, Humbodlt, Kyle, Luseland, Milden, Mozart, Plenty, Wilkie, Young and Crystal Springs.

“Damage is heavy on standing ripe crop in places,” he said. “The August 27 storm is currently looking to be the most expensive storm of the year for our company.  Damage in the Outlook-Davidson and Yorkton regions was heavy in places on advanced crops.”

Cassandra Holt, of Canadian Hail Agencies, said storms damaged crops in the Saskatchewan communities of Lashburn, Wilkie, and Biggar. In Manitoba, storms damaged crops in Swan River, she said.

Jackie Sanden, of Agriculture Financial Services Corporation, said storms damaged crops in the Alberta communities of Vegreville, north of Bashaw and Dewent, west of Mallaig, south of Viking and south of Rivercourse.

Brendan Blight, of Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation, said storms damaged crops in the Manitoba communities of Beausejour and north of Portage la Prairie. The storms produced pea size hail and high wind resulting in minor to moderate damage.

“Harvest is progressing throughout the province and adjustors are working hard to stay in front of the combines,” he said.

Scott McQueen, of Palliser Insurance, said storms damaged crops in the Saskatchewan communities of Calder, Birch Hills, Prince Albert, Alida, Yorkton, Parkside, Plenty, Waseca, Kyle, Central Butte, Lacadena, Herschel, Luseland, Southy and St. Brieux.

In Manitoba, storms damaged crops in Holland, Springstein, St. Claude, Kenton, Thornhill, Domain, Lasalle and Sanford. In Alberta, storms damaged crops in Wainwright, Nanton, Brooks, Vermillion, he said.

Darryl Tiefenbach, of Additional Municipal Hail, said storms damaged crops in the Saskatchewan communities of North Battleford to Swift Current and then east through Davidson, Central Butte, Watrous, Wadena and Wynyard. He said the storms produced smaller stones with wind and rain and resulted in light to moderate damage.

“Mainly cereals and oil seeds were damaged since a large percentage of pulses have been harvested at this time,” he said.

Adjusters working to complete claims as harvest continues across western Canada

Adjusters are working to document crop damage across western Canada as harvest continues in the wake of damaging storms, according to the Canadian Crop Hail Association.

The storms occurred Aug. 22, 24-25 and 27-28.

CCHA member companies are investigating more than 700 claims of crop damage during the time period.

Darryl Tiefenbach, of Additional Municipal Hail, said storms damaged crops in the Saskatchewan communities of Loon Lake, Kindersley, Rosetown, Milden, Conquest, Outlook, Davidson, Kenaston, Jansen, Annaheim, Buchanan, Melville, Yorkton and Churchbridge.

“We expect there will be some heavy damaged areas as crops are fairly ripe and more prone to shelling. We will be starting to adjust these claims on Sept. 2 and expect to have them all adjusted by Sept. 11-12. This year has seen an average hail occurrence so far and we wish farmers all the best as they continue harvest.”

Brendan Blight, of Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation, said storms produced pea size hail and damaged crops in the Manitoba community of Russell

Jackie Sanden, of Agriculture Financial Services Corporation, said storms damaged crops in the Alberta communities of Camrose, northeast and northwest of Lamont, north of Athabasca, west of Smoky Lake, Sedgewick, northwest of Wainwright, northeast of Ponoka, Grande Prairie, southeast of Lacombe, east of Vulcan and southwest of Thorhild, northwest of Barrhead, northeast of Oyen, and west of Sounding Lake.

Cassandra Holt, of Canadian Hail Agencies, said storms damaged crops in the Saskatchewan communities of Yorkton, Outlook, Simpson, Rhein, Roblin, Calder, and Fiske. In Alberta, storms damaged crops in Coronation.

Murray Bantle, of Co-operative Hail Insurance Company, said storms damaged cereals, oilseeds, and pulses in the Manitoba communities of Angusville, Foxwarren, Russell, Oakburn and Neepawa. Damaged ranged from light to heavy.

“Currently we are 80 percent complete on claims in Manitoba,” he said. “The adjusters are still completing claims from the July 19-21 storms.”

In Saskatchewan, he said storms damaged cereals, oilseeds and pulses in Lake Lenore , Bladworth, Churchbridge, Conquest, Davidson, Dinsmore, Imperial, Langenburg, Melville, Outlook, Rhein, Rosetown, Saltcoats, Swift Current, WIllowbank and Yorkton.

“A large storm path began on the afternoon of Aug. 27 in west-central Saskatchewan and moved eastward into Manitoba leaving a large path of hail damage on advancing crops and creating a large number of claims of which are still coming in,” he said. “Depending on where our adjuster teams start working from it could be at least 14 days for us to view the damage.  With harvest underway we ask producers to be patient.  Please ensure you leave adequate samples.  If you are unsure of what to leave contact your company for advice. Prior to this storm, Saskatchewan claims were 70 percent complete.”

Scott McQueen, of Palliser Insurance said storms damaged crops across Saskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba.

“We are seeing some heavier damage in the standing canola crops from the Aug. 27 storm,” he said. “All damage ranges from light to heavy on all crops reported in the storm.”

Tyson Ryhorchuk, of Rain and Hail Insurance Service, said storms damaged crops in the Saskatchewan communities of Glenside, Outlook, Kenaston, Lanigan, Yorkton, Saltcoats, Willowbrook and Langenburg. In Manitoba, storms damaged crops in Russell and Virden.

“Adjusters are working tirelessly to complete claims as soon as possible,” he said. “Producers with claims are asked to leave adequate strips in fields they are harvesting.”

Farmers report average hail damage claims at mid-season

Hail damage claims across western Canada are average compared to this time last year with Saskatchewan leading in total claims filed so far this season, according to the Canadian Crop Hail Association.

In total, CCHA companies have received more than 10,000 claims so far this year – a number that matches the total claims filed by August of 2019. CCHA companies have completed processing on about 67 percent of claims, which is more than they had processed by this time last year.

“This growing season has seen extreme weather across the prairies and our member companies have been working hard to quickly, and safely, process claims,” said Rick Omelchenko, CCHA president. “We have taken steps to keep adjusters and farmers safe as we continue to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve processed more than half of the claims so far, beating our turnaround time compared to last year. Farmers can rest assured they will have the capital they need to continue growing the high-quality affordable food Canada, and the world, relies on next season.”

CCHA members continue to gather claims data. Approximate mid-season numbers show:

  • Alberta: 2,667 claims
  • Manitoba: 1,208 claims
  • Saskatchewan: 6,002 claims

Even though Saskatchewan leads the pack with claims filed, it is still at the 5-year average for claim payments, Omelchenko said.

Claims filed in Alberta are currently close to last year’s numbers, but they are above the 5-year average for claim payments,” he said

“Alberta farmers were also faced with multiple hailstorms this season on the same locations and other risk factors such as wind, heavy rain, insects and disease,” Omelchenko said.

Manitoba is around the 5-year average on claims filed and below average loss payments to farmers, he said.

Harvest is underway in many places and hail damage is not the only factor farmers must contend with, Omelchenko said.

“Extremely hot weather across the prairies recently is pushing harvest slightly ahead of normal schedule in some places,” he said. “Farmers are also dealing with heavy rain in some areas and standing water in low spots that is making harvest challenging. Our member companies are moving fast to adjust for crop damage ahead of the combines. Farmers work hard each season to grow a great crop and we are proud to support them with hail coverage that reduces the risk they face from Mother Nature each season.”