Desperate farmers trying to save their crops

Freezing temperatures threaten wine and fruit harvest in Central Europe. Over 90 percent loss of apples in Germany.

Parts of Central and Eastern Europe have been hit by more than 30 centimeters (one foot) of snow in recent days.

Many German and Swiss winemakers are struggling to save their crops from freezing.

German orchard owner Herbert Sailer says that more than 90 percent of his crop is lost. It’s a bitter pill to swallow, says.

Some of his colleagues are trying to encapsulate fruit tree buds in ice, while others use helicopters to prevent the cold air from lying in the fields.

Thanks to Ole Jensen for this link

11 thoughts on “Desperate farmers trying to save their crops”

  1. I’m from Moldova and I’m 36 years old. What is happening now it has never happened in my life. The amount of snow is incredible. We are not talking about March. We are talking about the end of April when normal temperatures are in the low twenties Celsius. This is unbelievable what is happening in Romania, Moldova and Ukraine at the moment. Google the news.

  2. All the food shortages around the world and the US (lettuce) will be blamed on (1) global warming; (2) Donald Trump.

    The colder climate (as predicted by Robert) will have nothing to do with it.

    • Rest assured that the globalists and their minions are taking notes for their propaganda campaign.

  3. Meanwhile, scientists working in a windowless basement somewhere that never set foot outside are still scheming how to make the planet even colder. Dangerous ideas right now.

  4. Looks like the Gulf Stream is also cooler than average, at least both sides of it are, if not the Gulf Stream itself. Less solar activity. Not that sunspots larger than planet earth could have any effect when compared to a molecule of plant fertilizer CO2.

  5. A couple of articles from Austria and Germany about the cold snap and its effects on the winemakers and fruit farmers:
    The night on Friday brought partly heavy frost – first balance of the damage:

    Minus 14.5 degrees in Lech am Arlberg, barely 12 degrees in the Tannheimer Tal in Tyrol – as predicted, the frost night came after the snow chaos. Absolute cold poles were snow-capped valleys in the Alps, where the temperatures fell below minus 10 degrees. In Seefeld in Tyrol it was about 12.12 degrees Celsius as cold as never before in April.

    But not only there, but in the whole country there were temperatures partly far below the freezing point. With -5.5 ° C at the Graz and -4.4 ° C at the Innsbruck airport, ZAMG recorded two new frost cords. At about 240 of a total 270 weather stations of the Central Institute of Meteorology and Geodynamics have measured negative degrees in the night on Friday. Only the Donauraum, the Weinviertel, the Viennese basin and parts of the northern Burgenland remained spared of the frost.
    50 million damage
    Especially in Styria, in Carinthia, in southern Burgenland as well as in some parts of Lower Austria and Upper Austria, Tyrol and Vorarlberg, severe frost damage occurred. “Fruit and wine cultures as well as special cultures such as nurseries and asparagus are affected – a total of more than 12,000 hectares,” said Kurt Weinberger from the Austrian Hail Insurance. “After initial surveys, we expect a total loss of more than 50 million euros, but the full extent of damage can only be ascertained in a few days,” says Weinberger.
    Hard fight against frost with candles, straw fire and irrigation

    When the first sun rays kissed the fruit-tree tops, the worst had survived. At minus three and a half degrees Celsius the temperature had sunk in the night on Friday in the Oststeirischen Tiefenbach. Singer’s family had taken all the stops to fight against the frost: irrigation, smoke, candles and fleece. Whether it helped, will show up in the coming days.
    10,000 euros against frost
    Josef Singer Jr. has put around 10,000 euros in the preparations for the upcoming frosty night, he said. He bought 36 old straw bales as well as 700 paraffin rings. Towards midnight, the candles between the trees were lit, the straw bales as well. The smoke of the lighted straw, which was repeatedly wettened to produce even more smoke, laying over the Singer’s plantations in the morning dawn. The smoke should prevent the near-ground heat radiating into the clear night.

    Straw fire
    In particular, the stone fruits such as cherries, peaches, and plums should be protected from the negative [temperature] levels, explained Mr. Singer. “The first thing I did [was] with the straw bales.” Really confident [in his efforts], however, he would not say. “The burning of the straw will probably have been in vain, perhaps to a degree, but if it is so cold, other measures must be taken.” He does not want to light straw bales anymore: “It’s too hard to control. The wind just blows the smoke away or somewhere else.” That is why he did not set the last bales on fire in the morning.

    The frost repelling is crowned with success. The Singer family already has decades of experience with the irrigation of their strawberries. Since 1975, it has served [them] well. Just one hectare of strawberry fields is protected against frost. A separate storage pond is necessary for this. The investment then was worthwhile at least, because the strawberries have survived the frosty night in any case – so much could say the Singers already in the morning. Towards noon it was also to be seen how the fruit trees had survived. The apples and pears were assured, but the rest were not. For example, the Singers have wrapped their blueberries in fleece.

    Singer Jr. estimated in the morning that about 70 percent of the pears had been damaged by the frost, and its apples should be about half [of what could have been expected]. Exactly [how much damage was done] one will be able to say only in a few days. The night has made it clear for the Singers that [ice irrigation] should be the standard. It was the most effective method by which, at night, they had plans to develop their irrigation systems.

    In the previous year the fruit plants had lost about 70 percent of their crop, especially the summer apple [which] was destroyed by the late frost. In recent days, the strong and icy winds have already brought suffering to the young cherries, Singer said. The still green fruits dry out under wind and sun exposure. Now, let’s hope that the many hours worked – “without sleep and waiting with anxiety” – saved a lot of the harvest. When the last candle flames were blown out and the burning straw bales were extinguished, they left for breakfast and then “went to bed,” Singer concluded.

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