Hail causes lasting damage for some apple growers

 

September 17, 2014

STURGEON BAY The effects of hail storm in Door County two months ago are lasting.

Apples are rotting on the branches at Fellner Orchards in the Town of Sevastopol, just north of Sturgeon Bay. Grower Bob Fellner says he lost 60 acres of apples that he can't even sell for juice. He says it's a complete loss.

At the Peninsular Agricultural Research Station in Sturgeon Bay, Superintendent Matt Stasiak says every type of fruit crop on its 20-acre was affected by the hail. Stasiak tells WLUK-TV (http://bit.ly/1si2B3i ) the physical damage to the apples was beyond anything he could have imagined.

The storm cut a narrow path through parts of northern Door County. Growers there say this year's crop looks pretty good, but is behind because of a cold spring and late bloom.

 

Associated Press