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Prairie hail claims increase

Sept. 11, 2014 - Hail claims increased across Western Canada over the past three weeks, with a large number of hail events in the closing days of August and into September.

According to the Canadian Crop Hail Association hail report, many areas have reported more than one major hail event this season and there have been a high number of above average payouts.

Adjusters are making good progress but current cold, wet weather is presenting some challenges. Farmers should continue to check company websites or consult their insurance providers to ensure they are meeting requirements for check strips before harvesting hailed crops.

Claims continue to come in from a severe August 19 storm that inflicted heavy damage. Southern Alberta was hit by widespread storm cells on August 28 that resulted in widely varying damage estimates. While hail was reported nearly every day over the past three weeks, most instances were fairly isolated.

Major storm dates and locations for this reporting period included:
August 19: Schuler, Hilda, Hussar, Gleichen, Cluny, Dalemead, Strathmore, Standard, Rosebud and Vulcan
August 20: Medicine Hat
August 28: Del Bonita, Wrentham, Foremost, Taber, Orion, Lethbridge, Milk River, Coaldale, Warner, Cluny, Bentley, Ponoka
August 29: Taber and Peers
August 30: Olds, Drumheller, Morinville, Champion, Three Hills, Vulcan, Lomond and Carbon
September 3: Thorhild
September 4: Vegreville and Boyle

Claim numbers in Saskatchewan are running slightly above the five-year average while the intensity of storms and damage estimates are well above the five-year average.

Major storm dates and locations for this reporting period included:
August 19: Burstall, Richmound, Leader, Cabri, Kyle, Fox Valley, Mossbank, Assiniboia, Moose Jaw, Gravelbourg, White Bear, Coronach, Radville, Weyburn, Golden Prairie, Riverhurst and Central Butte.
August 20: Earl Grey
August 28: Maple Creek, Gull Lake, Swift Current, Pennant, Success, Stewart Valley, Neville, Ponteix, Aneroid, Mankota, Lafleche, Herbert, Hodgeville, Shamrock, Coderre, Glen Bain, Woodrow, Gravelbourg, Lafleche, Vanguard, Kincaid, Assiniboia, Limerick and Kindersley, Broadview and Whitewood.
August 29: Oxbow
August 31: Duck Lake, Rosthern, Cudworth, St. Louis, Domremy, Crystal Springs, Arborfield, Mossbank, Climax, Rockglen, Frontier, Crane Valley, Ponteix, Coronach, Big Beaver and Assiniboia.

After a quiet summer, Manitoba had a high number of storms over the past three weeks, bringing hail claim numbers up into the five-year average. A September 2 storm saw the highest number of claims.

Major storm dates and locations for this reporting period included:
August 18: Grandview
August 23: Grandview
August 29: Baldur, Minto, Cardinal, St. Leon, Swan Lake and Notre Dame des Lourdes.
September 1: La Riviere, McGregor, Minitonas, Morden, Morris, Treherne and Ridgeville.
September 2: Altona, Gretna, Holland, Morden, Morris, Rathwell, Roland, St. Claude,Treherne, Lasalle and Brunkild.
September 5: St. Rose Du Lac area



September 11, 2014  By Top Crop Manager


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