Prairie hail claims pass 10,000 for year

MarketsFarm — More than 10,000 claims for hail damage have been filed by Prairie farmers so far in 2019 with insurance companies belonging to the Canadian Crop Hail Association.

Between July 27 and Aug. 6, hail on the Prairies saw farmers add 900 claims alone, according to a CCHA press release Friday.

To date overall, Saskatchewan farmers submitted about 6,900 claims, with 2,000 from Alberta and 1,300 from Manitoba.

Rick Omelchenko, CCHA president, said nearly half of the claims have been processed and the overall number of claims are similar to those filed in 2018. The hail season ends in October.

“Harvest might be better in Manitoba with the decrease in hail claims but extremely wet weather in some places and extremely dry weather in other provinces will also have an impact on harvest volumes,” Omelchenko said.

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