Hail Storm Smashes 4 Million Avocados within Minutes

A hail storm that ripped through an avocado orchard in the Northern Rivers of New South Wales, Australia, last week has destroyed an estimated 4 million avocados. Aussie Orchards’ managing director Colin Foyster said 80 per cent of the fruit on the 12,000 trees at the Pretty Gully farm was knocked off and onto the ground. “I wasn’t here but some people have said the hail stones were up to three inches [7.6cm] in size and very jagged,” he said. “It’s three months away from harvest, so it’s all immature, so it’s unsalvageable.” Mr Foyster said the remaining fruit on the trees also had impact marks where the hail hit the fruit, and the trees themselves were also damaged.

Farmer holds three damaged avocados.

 

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