Around 200ha of apple production in the Val di Non area of Trentino in north-east Italy have reportedly been hit by hail.
According to a report on the Corriere Ortofrutticolo website Frutta Online this morning, the worst affected area is in Livo, while damage has also apparently occurred in the areas of Priò, Cles and Coredo (map).
The hail is estimated to have caused damage to around 60 per cent of the crop in half of the areas affected, while in the remainder that figure is thought to be around 50 per cent.
With a total production area of some 18,000ha, Trentino Alto Adige is the world's largest apple-producing region. During 2006/07, Italy exported a total of 707,000 tonnes of apples, 3 per cent down on the volume shipped during the previous campaign.