Whatever the extent of damage, it covered a lot of ground.
“It was a significant storm and anything in its path was affected,” McClarty said. “Stonefruit, grapes, berries — whatever was there.”
In Kingsburg, hail cannons went off within earshot of the offices of Kingsburg Orchards.
“The hail started all of a sudden,” said Jillian Diepersloot, special projects coordinator at Kingsburg Orchards. “It’s still raining. It will take a few days after the hail to evaluate and see which fields were affected.”
Mike Reimer, sales director at Reedley-based Brandt Farms, said the storm followed no clear pattern.
“There were places hit very hard and others not touched at all,” Reimer said. “There was no hail where we are in Reedley. But in other areas it was the largest amount of hail I’ve ever seen.”
“The industry needs a little time to fill in what happened here and assess it,” he said. “For a lot of guys it’s a sensitive deal. It’s their livelihoods.”
Check back with The Packer later for updates on this story.