Hail to the crops

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Late Wednesday afternoon, Moose Jaw was plummeted with a few minutes of hail. As brief as this meteorological event might have been, it still managed to wreak havoc on a few farmers in the area.

“This time of year, the susceptibility to hail damage can be worse, because the crops are ripe,” Canadian Crop Hail Association chairman Murray Bantle told the Times-Herald.

Following the hailstorm on Wednesday, Bantle said, the insurance company received about 20 claims from Moose Jaw-area-farmers. He said adjusters must go out and test these claims.

According to Bantle, late August is a dangerous time for crops, as even a short hailstorm can cause damage to crops at harvest time. He said crops in June are able to recover better from a hailstorm, but as the crops advance, recovery becomes more difficult.

For more on this story, read an upcoming edition of the Times-Herald.

Organizations: Times-Herald, Canadian Crop Hail Association

Geographic location: Moose Jaw

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