Hail claims were well above normal this year across Saskatchewan.
Rodney Schoettler, CEO of Saskatchewan Municipal Hail, says total claims reached 125 million dollars this year, up from 74 million last year.
He says it was a busy year, with above normal claims.
He says there were 11 thousand claims, a jump from 7 thousand in 2015.
The cost per claim was below average.
He says the most costly storm hit the province on July 22nd.
It caused damage of 20 million dollars and covered an area from the southwest to Yorkton. The storm generated 700 claims.
By area, the biggest storm also cost almost 20 million dollars and hit on July 3rd and 4th.
It caused 18 hundred claims and covered a wide area. It damaged crops around Swift Current, Kindersley, Davidson, North Battleford, Meadow Lake and Yorkton-Melville.
He says it hailed every day in July, but this year were also claims in August, September and early October.
50 claims remain to be settled because adjusters can’t get in the field due to excessive moisture.
He calls 2016 a year of contrasts, with early seeding due to hot and dry conditions but then rains came and it was a long, wet season.
For next year, he says Saskatchewan Municipal Hail premiums may go up in areas where there was heavy hail, but most rates should stay flat.