Fruit growers in the county of El Bierzo are crossing their fingers, hoping there will be no frosts, as both cherry trees and pear trees are currently in bloom. In fact, cherry trees are at a much more advanced stage in the pollination due to the high temperatures recorded, and although they have recently become colder, so far no damage has been reported. This was stated by the technical director of the Berciana Association of Agricultural Producers, Pablo Linares, who confirmed that the sector fears the possibility of frosts.
All in all, prevention has been recommended, even beyond the use of ventilation tower systems or water. The Agricultural Warnings Station of El Bierzo warned that the weather conditions expected for the next few days, marked by low temperatures and high humidity, could facilitate the spread of infections. To be precise, those responsible recommended applying treatments against pseudomonas bacteria in pear crops, as well as against fungi of the Venturia genus, which cause the mottling of leaves and fruits in apple and pear trees.
In order to tackle the bacterial infection, those responsible for the station recommended applying the copper or Fosetil-to formulations which they may be authorized to use, and recalled that not all can be applied during the flowering stage. In the same line, they highlighted that the youngest plantations are the most sensitive, and that the damages caused by the pseudomonas can be seen in the flowers, as well as in the leaves, buds and fruits of the trees. The infection by the fungus that causes mottling occurs in spring, when the ascospores are already mature.