Thunderstorms across Saskatchewan over the weekend helped push crop hail damage claims back to about average for this time of year.
Chair of the Canadian Crop Hail Association Rick Omelchenko, who lives in Saskatoon, says hail claims were below normal until the rush of storms. He told Regina reporter Jim Smalley that the hardest hit areas were north of Saskatoon, specifically the Waldheim and Outlook areas. Omelchenko says some claims have involved 100 per cent of farmers crops, and if the crops can't recover in the hot weather the province has seen, the Crop Hail Association will need to cover the full amount for crops lost. Sunday's severe thunderstorms north of Saskatoon featured hail the size of baseballs. Omelchenko says he'd actually prefer larger size hail because it only hits one or two plants for every 5 or so feet, where smaller sized hail, aided by wind, "chops up plants like crazy".