China: Extreme weather damages fruit production in Shandong

The meteorological department had just finished warning of colder temperatures and frost on March 28th, when, at 13:45, hailstones suddenly rained down on Shouguang City in Weifang, Shandong. The temperature dropped, the wind increased in strength, and hailstones covered the ground.

Fruit farmers in the area will certainly feel the influence of this weather on the overall production volume this year. A cold current in spring last year damaged the flowers of fruit trees, which greatly reduced the production volumes of apples, grapes, kiwi fruit, peaches, and apricots. Flowers withered and turned black from frost damage as one hailstorm after another scourged the country. Fruit production suffered, and in some areas the harvest was completely lost.

Source: Fruit Service Center

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