Researchers at the IFAPA Las Torres Center, the National Institute of Agricultural Technology of Tucumán, Argentina, and the Department of Agroforestry Sciences of the University of Seville have detected carbonaceous rot for the first time in blueberry plants in the province of Huelva, specifically in plants from Moguer and Gibraleón.
Ailimpo's first estimate of the lemon harvest for next season 2019/2020, forecasts a total production in Spain of 1,104,000 tonnes, representing an overall decrease of 14% compared to the 2018/2019 season when production reached record levels. This first crop estimate will be confirmed depending on the availability of water in summer and autumn rains.
The latest storms recorded in Jumilla, Murcia, have mainly affected the production of pears. However, according to Pedro Garcia, president of COAG Jumilla, and Francisco Fernandez, technical director of the Jumilla Pear Denomination of Origin, the damage "has not been significant" and "in no case insurance will take care of the losses.
According to data on the agricultural acreage affected by the dry weather, provided by Agroseguros, it is estimated that the total figure will rise to more than 980,000 hectares. To date, 643,000 hectares have been damaged, with Castile-Leon and Castile-La Mancha as the most affected autonomous regions, with 376,000 and 109,000 hectares damaged, respectively.
In addition to the counties of Bajo Cinca and Valdejalón, the heat wave that has hit the Spanish region of Aragon in recent days has also taken a toll on the fruit fields in the area of Calatayud and Jiloca. Based on the crops' ripeness, cherry farms have been the most affected in these areas, although in some fields the harvest had already come to an end.
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