The weather systems that moved through the Canadian prairies in late June/early July resulted in some significant crop damage. According to the Canadian Crop Hail Association, agents are following up on about 1200 hail claims from storms earlier this month and more are still coming in.
The storms resulted in large hail stones dropping in some areas, high winds and even tornadoes.
Adjusters are out in full force and are seeing some very light to severe loss across the three provinces, said CCHA President Rick Omelchenko. "There was pea sized to golf ball sized hail, major wind that came down increasing the damage with the stones coming in. The faster the stones are coming, the more they penetrate and drive forward to the ground. The damage to the crops are very severe in the middle, there not really widespread. They taper off fairly quickly but in the center where the eye of the storm is it's really bad."
Adjusters will be waiting on crops in the early stage to see if they recover. Storms damaged crops in the Saskatchewan communities of Arborfield, Carrot River, Tisdale, Bengough, Glentworth, Semans, Willow Bunch, Assiniboia, Lafleche, Limerick, Meyronne, Nielburg, Unity, Vangaurd, Eastend, Lintlaw, Strasbourg, Torquay, Abbey, Fox Valley and Churchbridge. Frontier, Orkenny and Stornaway.
In Alberta, damage is reported around Bentley, Legal and Sturgeon County. Stettler, Red Lodge, Stauffer, Armena and Innisfail, Airdrie, Balzac, Conrich, Madden, Carstairs, Nanton, Rimbey, Fort Assiniboine, Stony Plain, Legal, and Red Water.