TABER: Large hail over the weekend has impacted one of the
most popular crops in Southern Alberta.
Taber corn grower Dave Jensen told Country 95 News that parts of his crop
were ravaged by the storm, and that it's hard to say just how bad the damage is
long term, "It's going to definitely make a difference on how much is for sale,
I can say that right off the top, not knowing yet how it's going to fare. We
need probably three or four days to see if some will come back or if it won't
come back or what state it's in. Definitely some will be later and I think it
probably took some right out."
Jensen explained that his first stage crop was spared and should be ready for
August 1st, however a few of the later stages took a beating and it's hard to
say how much survived.
Jensen noted that the supply was already going to be lower than in previous
years, "I think there will be a shorter supply of it, especially at the
beginning. I can almost say that because I know one grower, Valgardson said that
he never put any in this year."
On top of that, Jensen explained that high fuel prices this year could force
growers to increase prices for Taber corn.