Crop Loss Extreme Weather 

Prince Edward Island Crops Devastated by Hail, 2500 Homes Without Power

Farmers are sizing up damage from a severe storm that ripped through P.E.I. More than 2500 homes were left without power, according to the Maritime Electric’s outage map.

Tania MacKenzie of MacKenzie Produce said the hail flattened her sunflowers and bruised her squash, rendering a lot of this years harvest a right-off.

“Some of the pumpkin leaves have snapped in areas where the blossoms are, which affects the pumpkin growing and there will not be a pumpkin because of that. I don’t even know where to begin.”

MacKenzie said her staff were in the midst of harvesting cabbage when the hail hit.

“I was in the house trying to get some payroll stuff and I looked out the window, and the trees, leaves and branches started going sideways. It was like a hurricane hit P.E.I.,” she said.

“It was an unusual sound. It was raining, but it was hailing, and it was like you took an ice box and dumped ice cubes everywhere.”

The P.E.I. Potato Board said several hundred acres of potatoes were also damaged, mostly in Queens County, west of Charlottetown.

In addition to damage from the hail, the board said this year’s potato crop was already behind schedule, due to unseasonable cold weather back in June.

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