The wave of night frosts that are affecting much of Italy goes on. In the north, the situation has reached an unprecedented level, with 8 hours below zero on the night of April 2 and minimum peaks of -6 °C. Even the anti-frost systems are struggling, because protecting an orchard with 5 °C below zero is not easy.
Alessandro Morini, a producer with almost 40 hectares of apple orchards in the Verona province, explains that the damage appeared to be more limited right after the frost, however, 8 days later, the situation does not appear to be good. "Gala and Golden are the varieties most affected. Quantities and quality have dropped and costs are higher.
The frosts recorded between March 23 and 26 caused flower and bud damage in peach and apricot orchards, but for now it is not yet possible to estimate the extent to which the production volume will be affected. In addition, further severe cold temperatures are expected in the next few days and frosts may still occur at any time by mid-May.
It is not just the current corona crisis that is proving challenging for fruit growers in Europe. They are facing another issue - night frost. Temperatures have plummeted over the past few nights. Cold nights are also being forecast for the rest of the week. Some Belgian fruit farmers take stock after the first reports of damage start trickling in.
Frost caused serious damage. In some areas of the Bologna and Ravenna provinces and in the central plains in Emilia, temperatures almost reached -6°C. Apo Conerpo president Davide Vernocchi reports "considerable damage to stone fruit: almost the entire apricot production is compromised and peach, nectarine, plum and golden kiwi productions have been heavily damaged.
Severe night frosts are expected throughout Italy, but there are those who have been using anti-frost irrigation since 2003. This is the case of Stefano Rivalta, a farmer in the province of Ravenna. And he is very satisfied with the active protection implemented. "I have 23 hectares of peach orchard, with underground drainage and all protected by the anti-frost irrigation below the foliage.
The season for haskap berries is still a few months away, but already some growers are worried for a repeat of last season. Not only was the season super-short, but a percentage of the crops were also damaged by severe spring frosts. The new haskap season will hopefully be a bit longer than the previous one.
February so far has brought unusual weather to Mexico which has caused issues for the Mexican winter vegetable programs. Bridges Organic Produce works with partners in Mexico in the Hermosillo, Culiacan, and Guaymas regions and fortunately remains in relatively good shape, with only three of their five partner fields seeing some damage and the damage is minimal compared with many other growers.
A cool September meant a lot of Washington’s Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were still hanging when early freezes hit in early October, creating widespread harvest chaos and crop loss — at a time when the industry already faced an oversupply. Kevin Corliss, vice president of vineyards for Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, declined to put a number to the loss but called it one of the top-three weather-damage events in his career.
After continuous rain in the region for three days and night temperature recorded at 0.4°C on Friday, farmers in Hisar are worried after frost was seen on the mustard crop. A farmer of Shikarpur village, Ramji Lal, who has sown mustard in over five acre of land said he saw a layer of ice (frost) on the stubble which was kept as fodder for cattle and also near the roots of mustard crop.
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