CCHA Website Documents Western Canada’s Storms

The Canadian Crop Hail Association is launching a new website that will serve as a clearinghouse for details about storms across Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta.

The site, cropinsuranceincanada.com, is part of CCHA’s increased outreach aimed at providing prairie farmers, the public, and journalists in Western Canada more information about how hail insurance works to protect crops that are critical to the region’s economy.

“We are excited to launch this new site,” said Rick Omelchenko, president of the Canadian Crop Hail Association. “Part of mission at CCHA is educate farmers and the public on why hail insurance is so critical to the prairie region. This site will help us increase outreach and document the damaging storms that impact our farmers every year.”

Canadian Crop Hail Association member companies covered more than $6.3 billion in crops in Western Canada in 2018. Companies paid $161 million on 11,200 claims.

Association members will provide data about storms in their area that will be used to compile storm reports offered on the site. The data comes from adjusters who are working in the fields with farmers.

Storm reports will include the path of storms, the size of the hail stones, the crops that were damaged, the extent of the damage and other factors that impact insurance adjustments such as wind and flooding.

“Agriculture is the lifeblood of our communities in Western Canada,” Omelchenko said. “When hail storms happen, as they always do on the prairie, we know or friends, neighbors and customers want the information we are gathering from farm fields. We are excited to be able to provide it in one place with this site.”

 

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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. Our companies service agriculture producers in the western prairies. These private and government organizations together provide a risk management tool to the Western Canadian prairie farmer.

Members are Additional Municipal Hail Ltd. (Saskatchewan), Agriculture Financial Services Corporation (Alberta), Co-operative Hail Insurance Company, Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation Rain and Hail Insurance Service Ltd., Palliser Insurance Company Ltd., Canadian Hail Agencies Inc. and Ag Direct Hail Insurance Ltd.

Storms damage crops in Alberta, Saskatchewan

Storms in Alberta and Saskatchewan produced hail that resulted in light to medium crop damage with heavy damage reported in at least one area, according to the Canadian Crop Hail Association.

The storms occurred on June 15, June 17, June 18 and June 19.

CCHA member companies are investigating 128 claims with nearly half in the Saskatchewan communities of Assiniboia, Willowbunch, Ogema, Gravelbourg, Maple Creek, Elrose, Rosetown and Pierceland.

“We are seeing isolated thunderstorm damage,” said Murray Bantle of Co-operative Hail Insurance Company. “The hail activity was light for the week. We finally got some moisture across much of the province.”

Co-operative Hail has six claims in Gull Lake and Gravelbourg. Barley and durum suffered light to heavy damage.

Farmers made eight claims in Didsbury, Three Hills, Joffre, Beiseker, Hussar, Rockyford and Morrinville, according Jackie Sanden of Agriculture Financial Services Corporation in Alberta.

Tyson Ryhorchuk, of Rain and Hail Insurance Service, said farmers in the Saskatchewan communities of Consul, Ponteix and the Alberta communities of Trochu, Picture Butte, Coaldale and Coalhurst made six claims for damage to wheat, barley and mustard.

Farmers in Alberta made 10 claims to AG Direct Hail Insurance, according to Beth Shewkenek. Information about the location of the storms and the crops that were damaged was not immediately available.

Scott McQueen of Palliser Insurance said storms resulted in 35 claims to all types of crops in the Alberta communities of Trochu, Three Hills and Picture Butte. Damaged ranged from light to medium. A lack of moisture is also factoring into adjustment of the claims, he said.

Storms resulted in seven claims from farmers in Josephburg, Barons, Walsh, Pontiex, and Frontier, according to Canadian Hail Agencies.

Darryl Tiefenbach of Additional Municipal Hail said storms resulted in 56 claims in the Saskatchewan communities of Assiniboia, Willowbunch, Ogema, Gravelbourg, Maple Creek, Elrose, Rosetown and Pierceland. Farmers reported light damage, he said. Heavy rain is also factoring into adjusting for the claims.

 

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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. Our companies service agriculture producers in the western prairies. These private and government organizations together provide a risk management tool to the Western Canadian prairie farmer. 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, Palliser Insurance Company Ltd. and Rain and Hail Insurance Service Ltd.

Early season storms damage crops across Western Canada

A series of storms across Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Alberta produced hail that resulted in mostly light to medium damage to crops with significant damage seen in a few fields, according to the Canadian Crop Hail Association.

The storms occurred May 29, June 2, June 6, June 7, June 9 and June 10. Farmers in the Saskatchewan communities of Weyburn, Midale, Ituna, Tisdale, Avonlea, Canora, Kamsack reported damage. In Manitoba, farmers in Portage, Somerset and High Bluff reported damage. And, farmers in the Alberta communities of Trochu and Westlock reported damage.

CCHA member companies are investigating 49 claims from the storms, with more than half of those in Portage and High Bluff.

Severe storms produced high winds and hail across Alberta on June 13. Damage from those storms is still being assessed and is not included in this report.

“Farmers have reported light hail on early developing crops,” said Murray Bantle of Co-operative Hail Insurance Company, which has six of the claims in Weyburn and Midale.

Tyson Ryhorchuk, of Rain and Hail Insurance Service, said pea-sized hail resulted in light damage to crops in Somerset and Trochu. Rain and Hail Insurance Services has three claims.

“We expect to see light losses at the early stage of wheat and canola development,” he said.

Farmers in Tisdale, Avonlea, Canora and Kamsack reported small stones and light damage, said Rodney Schoettler of Saskatchewan Municipal Hail Insurance, which has six claims.

“These were random and very isolated storms,” he said. “The stones were small, and we are expecting little to no damage. Frost and poor crop germination will also factor into adjusting for the storm damage.”

David Koroscil of Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation, said hail ranging from pea to toonie-size damaged edible beans, soybeans, canola in Portage and High Bluff. MASC company has 30 claims.

“We are seeing mostly moderate damage, but a couple of fields have fairly significant damage,” he said. “High wind was also a factor.”

Jackie Sanden, of Agriculture Financial Services Corporation, reported damage to Canola and HRS Wheat in Westlock. AFSC has four claims.

Historically, June is among the most active hail periods across Western Canada. Last year, a June 14 storm destroyed crops across Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Alberta. Some insurers said it was one of the costliest June storms on record.

“CCHA member companies are here to help farmers with the insurance coverage they need for a successful growing season in Western Canada,” said Rick Omelchenko, president of the Canadian Crop Hail Association. “Please contact a CCHA member to report storm damage or if you have questions about your coverage levels.”

 

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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. Our companies service agriculture producers in the western prairies. These private and government organizations together provide a risk management tool to the Western Canadian prairie farmer. 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, Palliser Insurance Company Ltd. and Rain and Hail Insurance Service Ltd.