When the deep green-black hail bearing clouds approach from the north, the cherry, apricot, apple and peach orchardists wheel out their hail-guns.Through the lightning and over the thunder boom these cannons, thrusting air skyward to steer ice laden clouds elsewhere. Hail-guns may be the Somme for us, but for stone fruit growers, hail can spell the end of the season with massive losses. Which fruit is at risk depends on the timing of the storm. Cherries and peaches have flowered and are susceptible.


Walnuts are weeks off leaf burst. This storm poses little threat to us.

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