I’ve said it before. Damaging summer weather storms can be highly localized, wiping out acres in one spot and leaving farmers a mile or so away unscathed.

I find this phenomenon so fascinating, I thought I’d share another example I heard this week.

West Valley grower Dave Walker lost 55 acres of apples to a June 29 hail storm that cut a swath through Tampico and Wiley City. He puts the lost at $90,000.

“We were just lucky to get juice out of them,” Walker said.

The storm struck a few neighbors, too, he said, but never left his area, which hadn’t seen hail like that in the 40 years he has farmed there.

“We’ll be buying hail insurance this year,” he said.

Read earlier eantries on the Crop Lines blog.