Leave check strips in hail damaged areas
By Top Crop Manager
Aug 6, 2013 - Later spring seeding is resulting in later than normal harvest scenarios across the Prairies, according to the Canadian Crop Hail Association. The Association encourages producers to leave check strips or swaths in hail-impacted fields in the event that a crop needs to be harvested before an adjuster arrives.
Hail claims above average in Alberta
Hail claims filed in Alberta to date are much higher than normal for this time of year. The largest storms in the last two weeks of July resulted in approximately 300 claims from a July 20 storm that ran from Rimbey to Alix, while a July 27 storm resulted in approximately 200 claims from the Westlock/Barrhead area. Damage has ranged from light to heavy.
Other significant Alberta storms and dates included:
July 19: Drumheller, Westlock, Barons, Vulcan, Camrose, Provost
July 21: Three Hills, Blackie
July 23: Picture Butte, Vulcan
July 24: Strathmore
July 28: Cardston, Drumheller
Saskatchewan weather patterns remain unsettled
Despite many storms widely distributed across Saskatchewan during July, total claim numbers are still slightly below average for this date.
A July 15 storm resulted in a large number of claims across nearly 50 rural municipalities. Some of the worst damage was in a line running from Glenavon to Baildon, with claims in the Davin area and many more in the area from Lipton to Markinch. The remainder of the claims from that storm were scattered on the East side of the province with the majority concentrated in the south east and a few in areas around Tisdale and Melfort area.
A July 18 storm produced a large number of claims across more than 65,000 acres. At least half of those claims were from Leross and Semans. A July 19 system caused hail damage across a large area of the province, with the concentration of claims coming from the south-east. Areas impacted included a line from Bulyea through Craven, Lumsden to Regina, Richardson, Kronau and Sedley as well as a line from Odessa to Montmarte, Fillmore and Creelman. Claims were also reported near Balcarres and Lipton, Broadview, Whitewood, Moosomin and Wawota. A line ran from Radville to Trossachs and Weyburn, Macoun/Outram to Lampman, Estevan and Alameda. Other affected areas included Wadena, Central Butte, Tugaske, Chamberlain and Eston. This significant event is second only to the devastating storm of July 13, in terms of losses and economic impact.
Other major storm dates and locations for this reporting period included:
July 20: Coronach
July 22: Fort Qu'Appelle
July 24: Kyle, Eston, Kindersley, Lacadena, Stewart Valley, Luseland and Unity
July 28: Willowbunch, Mankota, Fir Mountain, Fife Lake and Bengough
Claims remain comparatively light in Manitoba
Adjusters have made good progress assessing the damage from the July 13 storm that devastated parts of the south-west corner of the province. Storms over the past two weeks have been fewer in number and less severe than those in neighbouring provinces, resulting in light to moderate damage.
Some affected areas have included:
July 18: Glenboro and Justice
July 19: Goodlands, Pierson, Lyleton, Waskada, Deloraine and Killarney
July 21: Virden, Deloraine, Fairfax, Killarney, Margaret and Baldur
July 24: New Bothwell, Blumenort, Emerson and Horndean