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Hop grower, New Zealand Hops, is assessing the damage caused by a freak hailstorm on Boxing Day in the Moutere area which shredded the leaves off of bines on a number of farms in the Nelson area meaning that those plants have little chance to keep growing let alone produce flowers. However, with ideal growing conditions it is hoped that some plants may recover enough to give some flowers.

It seems that the hardest hit varietals were Riwaka and Nelson Sauvin.