Many farmers got a break from hailstorms this year

Hail caused less damage across the Prairies in 2017 than it did in 2016, according to the final report tabled Dec. 4 by the Canadian Crop Hail Association. Western Canadian farmers with hail insurance were paid $96 million on about 8,600 claims, making 2017 one of the lightest claim years since 2009, the CCHA said. […] Read more

Hail damage kept in check in August

All hail the relative absence of hail on the Prairies. That could well be the celebratory cry for farmers with the number of damaging hailstorms tracking below the five-year average, according to the Canadian Crop Hail Association. In its report for August, issued Sept. 5, the CCHA listed two hailstorms of note in Alberta, two […] Read more

New hail modelling system draws mixed reviews from insurers

A new hail risk modelling system is available for Canadian crop insurers, but providers are divided over its value. AIR Worldwide recently developed the industry’s first probabilistic computer model designed to better assess hail risk in Canada. Ken Doleman, chief executive officer at Palliser Insurance, said the additional data from the AIR model will provide […] Read more

Hail claims stay above five-year average

July 21 and July 24 were notable days in Alberta. They were the only days within a two-week stretch when no hailstorms occurred in the province. But in all three prairie provinces, the number of hail claims is greater than the five-year average as reported by the Canadian Crop Hail Association. “Claim numbers are very […] Read more

Early hail season keeps adjusters hopping

Prairie hail adjusters are busy earlier than usual this year following several recent storms. “We’ve been pretty steady since June 21,” said Murray Bantle, of Regina-based Co-op Hail and chair of the Canadian Crop Hail Association. “It’s kind of been hailing every couple days whether we need it or not.” He said companies have written […] Read more

Hail claims already double in Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan hail claims are already double the usual number for this time of year, says the Canadian Crop Hail Association. About 2,200 claims had been filed by the middle of last week, and CCHA chair Murray Bantle of Co-operative Hail Insurance Co. in Regina said July 6 that he expected many more. “We’re snowed under,” […] Read more