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Hail cannon saves orchards in the Tarn-et-Garonne

France 3/Scoop, Jun 11

Thunderstorms have hit Tarn-et-Garonne, particularly the Castelsarrazin, Moissac and Lafrançaise areas. To avoid losing their harvest, some orchard owners have equipped themselves with hail cannons, and so far the fruit remains untouched by the recent devastating hail storms.

After losing more than €70,000 euros of harvest four years ago, one such orchard owner, the Maerten family, decided to invest in a hail cannon. The device is designed to break up the clouds which contain hail, thus leaving their fruit intact.

The system also includes a weather radar that can predict on-coming hail storms.

It’s an expensive but profitable investment, so say the family. They invested €23,000 for the cannon, which they share with a neighbour, and an €8,000 annual subscription for the radar.

It's effective over 100 hectares, and is more than paying for itself.

You can see a video here.

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