It's no surprise but the number of hail claims for the month of July has jumped. The Canadian Crop Hail Association says adjusters are following up on more than 2000 claims across the Prairies in the first 2 1/2 weeks of the month. Storms produced pea-to-quarter size hail that damaged crops along with heavy rain in some areas that is making field access difficult for adjusters.
Farmers and agriculture experts are now counting the financial impacts incurred by a severe storm in Minnesota on July 11, 2020. Winds of up to 80 km/h (50 mph) and hail as big as 63.5 mm (2.5 inches) battered thousands of hectares of land in counties from Kandiyohi to Nicollet, at a time when commodity prices are already down.
The big white combine got its name from, you guessed it, a hailstorm that destroys or severely damages a farmer's crop. Depending on the time of the year and the stage of the plant, it can mean the end of the growing season or substantial yield loss. Colorado had the second highest number of all hail claims in the U.S. from 2017-19 (380.066), second only to Texas.
The past weekend was characterized by hail and strong winds in various parts of Italy. As meteorologist Maycol Checchinato reports, "when temperatures remain high for a few days, the arrival of cool air generates instability, storms and whirlwinds." "Cherries and apricots have been heavily damaged by hail on July 3rd.
Producers in the Steinbach area are reporting crop damage from Saturday’s hailstorm. The storm dropped loonie sized hail in parts of southeastern Manitoba, along with rain accumulations as high as 51 millimetres at St. Pierre. Bargen is Farm Production Extension Specialist Crops for Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development.
Shawn Gorr surveys his canola crop after a massive hailstorm tore through his property northwest of Acme, Alta. last weekend. “Basically all we are left with is a little stem sticking out of the ground and some roots sticking out of the ground.” he tells. “It’s like someone took a lawnmower out there and cut them right down.”
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