Perhaps 95 per cent of the potato crops in the Ballarat agricultural district have been damaged by storms this week, and the state braces for more wild weather. Ballarat Potato Growers Association chairman Chris Stephens said hail has defoliated juvenile crops, which were already delayed due to the wet and cold summer.
Stephens: "The storm pretty much went from one end of the district to the other … it's estimated that 90 to 95 per cent of the growers and crops were affected by the storm. The hail damage is just horrendous, some crops have just been completely stripped of all their foliage. The hail was marble-sized and it continued for over half an hour in some places."