Extreme crop damage in Europe due to cold

With about 80% of the fruit harvest destroyed in parts of Austria, the words ‘complete catastrophe’ have been used. 

In several European countries – such as Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Croatia, Germany, Slovenia, France and Belgium – apples, pears, cherries and grapes were frozen early last week.

Excerpts from a summary by NFO, the Dutch fruit growers association:

In the state of Styria the words ‘complete catastrophe’ have been used. About 80 per cent of the fruit harvest destroyed … €100 million Euro in damages for the fruit sector (without grapes) alone.

Councillor Hans Seitinger: “This is truly a unique situation, which has not occurred in the last 50 years.”

In the night from Tuesday to Wednesday, 27 April approximately 10 centimetres of snow fell in south Germany. Roofing specialist Voen made photos of cherry plantation under a net, which remained standing safely under a thick layer of snow.

Switzerland also shows a very white image. In the region Graubunden in eastern Switzerland, which cultivates a lot of grapes, multiple braziers were used. The region also employed a helicopter to mix the different layers of air.

In Belgium, as in the Netherlands, it is mostly corn snow that is a nuisance to fruit cultivators. Night frost is not ruled out in Belgium for the coming nights.

Reports of frost damage, particularly from the north on the border with Hungary and Slovenia.

Slovenia also reports damages. Temperatures … went to 4 degrees below freezing. Most damage is currently with nuts and stonefruits in eastern Slovenia, and are already called catastrophic. Apple and pear cultivation also hit. Low-lying areas are 60 to 70 per cent frozen over.

Temperatures bothered fruit cultivators, and grape cultivators in particular … rain and snow in Burgundy (north eastern France) caused many problems for the young vines … there are now talks of the sharpest frost since 1981.


Thanks to Argiris Diamantis for this link

“NFO (Nederlandse Fruittelers Organisatie) is a Dutch organisation of fruit farmers,” says Argiris. “But this news is not published by the Dutch MSM.”

17 thoughts on “Extreme crop damage in Europe due to cold”

  1. All I could say to European farmers is learn about the little ice age and change over to cold tolerant crops. Root crops instead of grains would be advisable. Raise animals for meat, hides and wool. Use manure, compost and rock dust for fertilizer.
    Growing seasons from now on are likely to be short for quite awhile. Think of Europe as being like Sweden, Switzerland and Scotland as far as agriculture is concerned.

    • More likely that climate zones will shift north in latitude. So Southern Spain might become like Southern France, Northern Italy might become like Central Germany etc.

      Crop shifts may be necessary, but some regions may become more fertile as they become cooler and, possibly, wetter.

    • Actually, the European farmers ought to be looking at growing crops under industrial greenhouses using hydroponics and elevated CO2 and light levels. There are many operations already in place. The increase in crop production, 6 to 10 Times normal levels, makes greenhouses profitable.

      • … profitable for greens only. Quick growing greens are really the only viable greenhouse crops that can be grown. Others that don’t lend themselves to hydroponics well — beets, carrots, potatoes, turnips, corn, and others that store for long periods of time once harvested and/or high in starches — are going to require ground planting. The more we pave over our farmland, the more likely we’re going to ensure our own demise.

    • Cold tolerant crops won’t do them a lick of good if fruiting trees get nailed by unseasonable frosts. My parents live in central Wisconsin, zone 4, and have in the past four years one good crop for their apple trees. One year was drought-induced losses; the others due to late-season frosts during blossoming. That’s with cold-hardy varieties as well. It sucks, but sometimes bad timing is all it takes to ruin an entire year’s production and there’s nothing that can be done about it save for importing from a more moderate growing area.

    • My thoughts exactly. People best get up to speed quickly on this before it becomes a life and death problem.

  2. https://weather.com/news/news/fort-mcmurray-wildfire-alberta-canada

    “Apocalyptic fire”

    That’s what they’re calling it. The entire population (78000) of Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada has had to evacuate their city because of wildfires out of control. This article mentions and implies climate as a cause.

    Makes you wonder if we will see more and more of this with droughts and strong winds due to climate change-NOT global warming but climate chaos caused by dimming sun, increased geophysical disturbances, etc. The worst part of the Little Ice Age was not the cold but the UNPREDICTABILITY of weather patterns. That’s why it was so hard to grow crops.

    I wonder if there were famous (or infamous) fires during that time. Didn’t Chicago and London have horrendous fires during the 1800’s? San Francisco, too, but I think due to a massive earthquake. Still, that’s all part of the pattern. I wonder about the Middle Ages? You always hear about famine and plague, but not so much about fire. Maybe the droughts occured where there was not so much population. It’s going to be different this time around.

    • The firestorm that burned Fort McMurray should remind people of the folly of jacking up home prices and contracting excessive debts. All it takes is a lightning strike induced forest fire or a flick of a Bic and it is all gone up in smoke. In the event of an ice age as in a major glaciation all of Canada’s real estate will go to zero….

    • Interesting comments… .well, my dad was a firefighter and interested in the history of fires so I know a bit about those. The Chicago fire started by a cow that kicked over some lantern or something. And yes the San Francisco fire was started by the earthquake and efforts to fight it hampered by the inability to get around the streets. And the main thing was, back in those days there were no “evil” fossil-fueled fire trucks or planes that could go spread fire fighting chemicals or water buckets to help put out the flames. No cars to help off duty firefighters get to the fire quickly and no phones to call people for a quick response.

      I am also deeply suspicious of HAARP.

      My heart goes out to anyone affected by those fires in Alberta… I’ve been through a major wildfire in CA (Cedar fire, 2003). It is not only terrifying, it can change your life forever.

  3. Quote:
    Councillor Hans Seitinger: “This is truly a unique situation, which has not occurred in the last 50 years.”
    The Councillor was referring to the period during SC20, a single solar cycle cool period. The Councillor should take note that he should expect another thirty years of this kind of climate slowdowns with harsh late spring frost, far deeper than anything experienced since the 1750s or 1800s and recently three solar cycles around 1920s and an early start to the winter period.
    The Sun energy cycle is 140 years of a stable warm period with an abrupt collapse into a Grand Minimum of 32 years, as now. In terms of climate it is a documented, peer reviewed fact that the change from warm to cold and wet take 10 years for the effects of the cooling climate change to become physically noticeable.
    I would suggest that Agro Industrial losses like this, is not something the Warmists can hide under the AGW carpet for much longer.

    The truth about how our climate is moderated by the Sun and not CO2 will become apparent to all over the next four years, as SC24 declines to the end of the cycle around 2022, and the fictions of the Green terrorists are exposed.

  4. Welcom to the cold side of the 60 year cycle… Think 1956…

    IFF this is also a flip of the 179 year cycle, we’re talking 1837 …

    Think barley for beer and skip the wine grapes.

  5. good advice steven, large orchards will be worst hiy, but the trees are resilient
    its a seasons loss..and they can or should be planning how to protects plants in case…next yrs worse.
    wether they will?
    or wether they just claim losses on insurance and keep doing the same again..
    anyones guess.
    experience says the latter sadly.

  6. I would not say that this was proof of cooling as yet since there is a weather event – sudden stratospheric warming splitting the polar vortex – that has caused this. However, if this type of event happens more frequently then it could be a result of the little ice age and a changing climate. The UK has had a warmer winter and early spring caused by the Jetstream being meridional which is a feature of little ice age conditions and has brought fruit blossom along early and made it vulnerable to late frosts. Also puts it out of sync with pollinating insects. I had lots of cherry plum blossom in February but there seems to be no fruit set.

    • The question is whether HAARP’s ‘owners’ are using SSW formation as a strategic warfare weapon to destroy crops in this way. The frequency of SSWs has increased radically the past few years and the obvious question is why……

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