The horticultural production of Rio Colorado was affected by a surprising and unusual frost that lasted several hours in the middle of summer, when the horticultural sector and some fruits are in full season.
The unusual event was recorded on the dawn of Tuesday 26, when the local weather station registered a 4 hour-long frost that reached -1.1° C in parts of the productive area and - 2.0ºC in other areas.
A few hours after the unexpected weather phenomenon, authorities toured the area and observed that the cold had directly damaged squash, tomato, pepper, aubergine, melon, and watermelon crops. It also affected other vegetable crops to a lesser extent. They did not rule out some damages on onion and carrot crops.
An expert said that the cold registered in this time affected the leaves of the plant and the small fruits, causing a decrease in the amount of vegetables.
"This frost was a surprise. No one expected it, so producers weren't prepared against it. The sector expected the first frosts in late March, early April, but not at this time," said Muñiz. "Hours before the phenomenon, a producer contacted us to let us know they expected to have a good squash harvest, but the picture changed the next day to when he saw that much of his production had turned black because of the cold. That means he'll have an important loss," she added.
The agricultural engineer tried to reassure the sector: "Although there are damages and losses, we should wait a few more days to quantify the damages suffered by the affected producers," she stated.