Saskatchewan farmers get a recent break from hail

Saskatchewan farmers are finally getting a break from hail damaging thunderstorms this summer.

The president of the Canadian Crop Hail Association, Rick Omelchenko, says there were only 16 claims of crop damage from hail in the second week of September.

He says milder weather has led to minor hail crop damage.

“It’s really mild, it’s scattered storms but very light damage right now,” said Omelchenko. “Even the ones that came through, even though the crops are very vulnerable at this time, the storms have been light this past week.”

In Saskatchewan, storms damaged crops in Bethune, Lucky Lake, Wilkie and Nipawin.

This year he says hail claims are about average in Saskatchewan, above normal in Alberta and below average in Manitoba.

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