The Canadian Crop Hail Association
July 8, 2013
Early in the season, companies are still busy processing new policy applications. Claim activity across Western Canada has been relatively light so far. In many early-season claims assessments can be difficult because the young crops have a tremendous capacity to recover. Producers should anticipate that their early-season claims settlements may be deferred to a later date, dependent on the severity of damage and the developmental stage of the crop. This is often the most accurate way to determine loss.
Although new applications continue to be accepted throughout the month of July, most producers wanting to purchase hail coverage should have done so by now. As crops advance the potential damage done by a hail storm can be much more severe. A policy comes into effect at noon of the day following purchase, so producers are urged to make timely decisions in order to protect their investments.
Premium volumes in Saskatchewan, overall, are slightly ahead of the five-year average. This may be a result of generally good seeding conditions and continued stable commodity prices.
A June 9th storm resulted in hail damage claims in an area around Eastend. Storms on June 14, 15 and 19 carried damaging hail through a wider area of the southwest, and moved farther north and east.
Some storm dates and areas affected included:
June 14 Gravelbourg, Coronach, Gray, Sedley, Moose Jaw, Frobisher and Alida
June 15 Limerick
June 19 Admiral, Eastend, Shaunavon, Cadillac and Swift Current
June 20 Coronach, Kronau and Montmarte
June 22 Cudworth, Allan, Watrous
June 25, 26 Earl Grey, Ituna, Southey, Foam Lake, Strasbourg, Kenaston, Togo, Canora and Luseland
Scattered storm activity in early June resulted in relatively light hail damage, as crops were in early stages of development.
A June 19 storm, part of the weather system that caused dramatic flooding in southern Alberta, caused hail damage in the Medicine Hat, Foremost and Lethbridge areas. Damage ranged from light to heavy, depending on the stage of crop development. Areas affected included significant acres of special crops.
Crops in the Westlock and Fort Saskatchewan areas suffered hail damage in a July 2 storm and claims are still being assessed at date of printing.
A July 5th storm caused as yet unspecified damage in a band running through southern Alberta. It’s expected that claims will be significant in the affected areas.
Spotty storm activity, particularly during the last days of June, resulted in hail damage in areas around High Bluff, Westbourne, Notre Dame, Darlingford, Baldur, Elgin, Carroll, Miami, Glenboro and MacDonald.
Minimal damage has been reported on the majority of affected acres and overall, average hail claims reported in Manitoba to date are significantly less than the numbers recorded by this same date a year ago.
The Canadian Crop Hail Association represents the companies that sell crop hail insurance to producers in Western Canada. The Hail Report is released every second Monday during the hail season to provide information on storms, claims and related issues. The report is compiled by Shannon McArton of McArton & Associates Communications at Dilke, Saskatchewan. If you would like an e-mail added to or deleted from the distribution list, send an e-mail to email@example.com.