New hail netting saves South Canterbury apples after big storm

Hail which destroyed an export apple crop in 2014 was no match for a South Canterbury orchard’s netting this year. Hail pounded Pleasant Point, Timaru and other parts of South Canterbury on Sunday but left M A Orchards’ Divan Rd orchard block untouched. A...

Dry weather produces good quality apples for US

Dry weather is providing a helping hand to a local orchard months after hail wrecked up to half its crop. M A Orchards manager Red Martin said on Friday the Levels orchard’s Honeycrisp apples were “looking good” after months of dry weather. Martin...

Orchard big loser in hailstorm

A South Canterbury orchard company says a hailstorm that arrived when it was installing protective cloth might cost it up to two thirds of its apple crop. Substantial hailstones damaged M A Orchards’ crop of Honeycrisp apples on Kerrytown Rd on Wednesday, before...