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Argentina: Severe rainfall and hailstorms jeopardise lemon harvest

Rainfall and hailstorms in Tucuman, Argentina's main Italian lemon production area, have severely damaged access roads to the plantations, causing delays in logistics.

Aerial view of a plantation flooded by the river

In some cases, the overflow of rivers has dragged trees and caused severe damage to plantations that have yet to be assessed.

According to a study conducted by the Agroindustrial Experimental Station Obispo Colombres (EEAOC), hail has affected such a large area that it will definitely have consequences on the quality and volume of Tucuman lemons.

The study also reveals that, in the current season, the number of rainy days and hours with wet leaf has doubled and, in the centre and south of Tucuman, has actually tripled compared to the 2014 season, which facilitates the development of fungi and other diseases.

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