Hail in Hawke’s Bay

The Orchardist - - News -

The hail­storm af­fected the Flaxmere, Twyford grow­ing ar­eas be­fore head­ing to­ward Clive and Hau­moana. Not all grow­ers had hail in­surance, and this will add to the to­tal area af­fected by the storm.

Hawke's Bay Fruit­grow­ers' As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Les­ley Wilson says some or­chards in the Flaxmere area have been writ­ten off, while oth­ers have suf­fered cut leaves and 40 – 50 per cent dam­age.

Grow­ers are as­sess­ing the dam­age, and plan­ning how to thin their hail af­fected blocks to re­cover as much crop as pos­si­ble. Les­ley says the dam­age varies within or­chards, and va­ri­eties.

A night-time hail­storm which hit Hawke’s Bay or­chardists on Novem­ber 13, has re­sulted in 750 hectares of hail-in­sured ap­ples be­ing as­sessed for dam­age.

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