The weather story continues to dominate in Ontario with isolated but damaging hail storms and the aftermath of excessive rain and flooding.
Agricorp, the organization managing crop insurance, is tallying damage reports. As of July 12, Agricorp has received 5,400 damage reports. The five-year average for this same timeframe is 5,249 damage reports – ranging from a low of 3,443 to a high of 6,696. Growers are claiming mainly for excessive rainfall and some hail.
Damage reports at this time of year don’t necessarily equal claims, explains Cathy Darling, senior communications consultant, Agricorp.
“Farmers file damage reports with us if they suspect damage, but in many cases, crops rebound and farmers are able to harvest a good crop,” Darling says. “We will have a better idea of crop damage and claim payments closer to harvest time.”
Agricorp’s front-line staff are ready to help affected customers and have contacted all customers who have reported damage. Adjusters are working with customers one-on-one to discuss coverage options for all programs and to explain the claims process. Adjusters are also meeting with customers where challenging crop conditions exist to assess reseeding, unseeded acreage and emergency measures claims to provide relief where damage has been caused by an insured peril.