It has been a fairly normal summer for the volume of crop hail claims in our province, but the severity of damage is higher than usual.
Rodney Schoettler is the chief executive officer of the Saskatchewan Municipal Hail Insurance (SMHI). He said more damage has been done by smaller hail stones with strong wind so far this year.
“We’ve seen more black fields after a hail storm than we normally see, but traditionally a big stone isn’t a fear for a hail insurance company, it’s the smaller ones with lots of wind.”
The two biggest storms occurred June 14th around Estevan in the southeast corner of the province, with another on July 7th north of Saskatoon.
Schoettler said farmers are buying more crop hail insurance as a way to mitigate risk.
“It’s a fairly normal summer other than a little higher volume than we’ve experienced over the passed five years, and I would say the centres where it is heavily damaged, that is a bit higher than we’re used to seeing.”
Schoettler said it’s been a fairly normal summer for claim volume, but the amount of damage is higher than usual.
“As everyone’s aware, we’ve had a lot of hot spells lately, and it seems when the hot and cold mesh, we get some big boomers out there and our last map is evident of that.”
SMHI is releasing a weekly map that illustrates claims numbers by township across the province.