Storms that occurred during the last week of June resulted in mostly light storm damage to young crops across western Canada with heavy rain in some areas, according to the Canadian Crop Hail Association (CCHA).
CCHA member companies are investigating more than 1,280 claims of crop damage during the time period.
“We continue to see light damage to young crops in all three provinces,” said CCHA President Scott McQueen of Palliser Insurance. “More advanced crops are showing light to moderate damage with the odd field having severe damage. Heavy rainfall in some areas has slowed our adjuster force down, but there should be no risk of falling behind at this point.”
Murray Bantle, of Co-operative Hail Insurance Company, said storms damaged cereal, oilseed and pulse crops in south and central Manitoba.
The storms produced hail of a variety of sized. Heavy rain is also a factor.
He said Manitoba is slightly above the 5-year average for claims in June. The average cost per claim is around the 5-year average so far.
In Manitoba, storms damaged wheat, canola, barley, peas and soybeans, he said. The storms hit communities including Ste. Rose, Killarney, Sandy Lake, Strathclair, Baldur, Binscarth, Neepawa and Morden.