Hail damage claims to crops this year in Saskatchewan reached $98 million.
That’s more than double the total from last year.
Canadian Crop Hail Association chair Rick Omelchenko noted hail damage losses returned to a more average year in 2018.
He said the first severe hail storm was June 14th, when crops were susceptible to damage.
“The storms are hitting early, hitting crops when they’re very vulnerable in those early stages,” he said. “Some haven’t recovered well because it died off and some recovered quite well because it was so early.”
According to Omelchenko, a third of all hail claims came in storms in just 3 days, July 7th, 9th and 10th.