Hail hit a large percentage of the stone fruit crop last Wednesday. Rain continued through Friday, cleared up on Saturday and the predictions for this week are clear skies and warm weather. There has been significant damage; we probably haven’t seen this much damage since the last big hail storm in 1982. As the season continues and the weather warms up we will be able to get a better an idea of how much the industry was affected. At HMC Farms, we did get some hail, but not a significant enough of an amount to have a major effect on our volume. We will know more as the weather warms up but right now we are looking for mid may as a good start date for peaches and a few days later for nectarines. Plums will come off the first week of June. As an industry the plum crop will be significantly reduced, by as much as half in comparison to last year.