The current Padrón pepper campaign in Galicia is threatened by the Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus (TSWV). "Our cooperative will lose just over 10% of the Padrón pepper production, but for some of our partners, the situation is truly tragic, since they have lost almost their entire production," says Fernando Veiga, manager of Horsal SCG, the largest Galician horticultural cooperative.
Last February’s mild and sunny days were a joy for most of the people, but what most of them didn’t know then was that a sunny warm February is catastrophic for the apricot trees. The damage done by those sunny days in February was obvious to the farmers even before this year’s apricot harvest got underway a couple of weeks ago.
Watermelon, one of the summer fruits par excellence and traditionally popular in the Region of Valencia, is losing ground, and this gradual decline is only becoming more and more accentuated. In the last five years, the acreage dedicated to this herbaceous plant in the Region of Valencia recorded a severe drop of almost 38%, going from 2.312 hectares in 2014 to only 1.347 in 2018.
The fields of Murcia have again been hit by storms and hail this spring, and this has caused serious damage to crops in the municipalities of Cieza, Blanca and Jumilla. Manuel Martínez, vice-president of the agricultural cooperatives federation Fecoam, said that "up to one hundred percent of the harvest has been lost in some areas, such as the Macetúa area, where there was a lot of rainfall and hail."
Finding wild asparagus sprouting at the feet of his almond trees puts a smile on the face of Juan Garcia Chacon, a Spanish farmer. The natural vegetation is a sign that the farm’s strategies to counter erosion are working. Mr. Chacon, who last year left a job as a vehicle test driver to farm alongside his retired father, is one of many farmers across Spain’s Andalusia region who are working to find new agricultural practices to counter the dry winds of climate change.
The Spanish county of El Bierzo closed the 2018 season with a recovery of its apple and pear productive potential, but now the sector is once again threatened by the weather. The temperature swings, with summer heat in February and winter-like rains and frosts in April, are putting the region's top fruits in serious trouble.
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