Hail Damage Hits Brooklyn Park Strawberry Farm Hard

June 14, 2017 09:07 PM

The hail that fell in many parts of the state Sunday has caused problems for some farmers.

That includes Bert Bouman, who says the storm hit his strawberry farm in Brooklyn Park hard.


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"The strongest storm I've ever seen," Bouman said. "It's heartbreaking to see this loss."

He said hail caused him to lose 70 percent of the crop on his 160-acre farm. That adds up to about $50,000 in damages.

"The hail really did a number on damaging the fruit. The berries are bruised, they are not going to be any good," he said.  

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture said the majority of berry farmers suffered little or no crop damage in Sunday's storm.

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And since the damage wasn't widespread across the state, customers shouldn't see any shortage of strawberries at the grocery store or at farmers markets.


Joe Mazan

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