This year's weather has caused severe losses to fruit producers. According to preliminary estimates, the production will be up to 30% lower than usual due to the impact of spring frosts, dry weather, heavy rainfall and floods. This will affect fruit prices, especially in the case of sweet cherries, sour cherries and apples.
For some of the Polish apple farmers, the season is setting up to be a disaster. After two periods of heavy frost preceded by a dry period with hardly any rain, large chunks of the apple crops have been destroyed. Although the produce is already considered an actual apple, the fruit has dropped from the tree too early and is not suited for consumption.
Frequent rain and cooler temperatures are keeping many Wisconsin farmers out of their fields this spring. The latest crop progress report from the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) shows only 7 percent of the state's corn crop has been planted. That's eight days behind the five-year average.
NFO reports that last weekend nights were uncommonly cold. Temperatures remained just above freezing in most places in the Netherlands, although some places also saw a little frost. Some irrigation occurred, but most growers didn’t have to get out of bed. The cold weather caused quite a few more worries for fruit growers in Italy and Poland.
Freezing temperatures in Poland have resulted in damaged crops. Although the extent of the damage is still unknown, it is certain the Polish farmers will lose some of the produce. The frost has effected apples and all kinds of soft fruit. It will take a couple of months to fully understand the consequences of the unfortunate weather conditions.
A regular blueberry season may no longer be a thing in Poland, as the seasons seem to be shifting as a result of climate change. This is a challenge that must be faced, along with increasing costs and a decreasing availability of labor. For the Polish Berry Cooperative, it seemed as if the blueberry season was everything but normal. Dominika Korarzewska claims climate change had an effect: “The season started really early, about three to four weeks earlier than it normal does.
The Polish Ministry of Agriculture announced that farmers will be eligible to receive PLN 1.5 billion ($410 million) in financial support to offset losses from the 2018 drought. Most areas experienced hot and dry conditions from April through mid-June 2018, although some areas of western Poland experienced drought conditions through September. Over 200,000 Polish farms on 3.5 million hectares were negatively affected.
An extraordinary destruction of forests as a result of devastating storms on August 12 in Chojnicki, Poland. According to current estimates, 7 million cubic meters of trees were damaged or felled by hurricane wind gust. Hundreds of thousands of hectares of forest have been destroyed. It's an unprecedented scale of destruction. In 2002 2.5 million cubic meters of trees were destroyed in the forest area of Puszcza Piska.
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