Along with beneficial rains, thunderstorms brought hail to both the Rio Grande Valley and the Coastal Bend. The RGV watermelon crop received extensive damage during an early-season hail storm.

“Some growers replanted and others waited to see if the plants would come back. Both strategies worked to some degree, but yields are going to be down and harvest delayed as a result,” added Anciso.

Ray Prewett, President of Valley Citrus Mutual and executive vice president of the Texas Vegetable Association in Mission, says one hail event in the Valley actually damaged a number of citrus trees that had to be cut back. He says it represents the first time in memory hail actually damaged the tree and not just the fruit.

“But overall, vegetables and citrus has had a good year and weather damages were spotty,” he says.

In the Coastal Bend near Chapman Ranch, almost all cotton was completely destroyed by a hail storm in Mid May. Stapper says even the stalks were beat down.

“It’s hard to say what each grower will do, but from what I hear, many are thinking it is going to be a year for insurance,” Stapper says.