Thunderstorms during the summer can be isolated or cut a fairly large swath, in some cases bringing high winds and damaging hail.
Scott McQueen, president of the Canadian Crop Hail Association says anything can happen yet but it appears hail loss numbers should be
lower in most areas this year than they were in 2021.
"2021, obviously that was just a few years ago - is a significant loss ratio for the industry over the 120 per cent range. 2023 I can speak quite confidently about Saskatchewan being fairly low. I don't have an accurate loss number for Saskatchewan, but it will be significantly lower than the averages. Manitoba is probably going to fall right in line with the five-year average or a little higher, and Alberta as well is probably going to be a lighter hail year than we've seen in the past."
Farmers who haven't had their crops adjusted are being encouraged to leave an adequate test strip.