Alberta crop insurance claims could hit $900M

The harvest is doing better than expected after a summer drought and heavy September rain

After a summer drought that lead to an agricultural emergency  and September rain that drenched crops, Alberta has paid out $240 million in crop insurance claims this year. It cautions that number could rise to $900 million, nearly triple the claims in 2014.

But the harvest is going better than expected, partially saved by the little rain that fell at the end of July.

“I am actually pleasantly surprised how well the crop did,” says agronomist Paul Muyres, “considering how little rainfall we received and that is a testament to our ground moisture or sub soil moisture. We actually had a lot.”

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