Moldova: Early budding stone fruit orchards seriously affected by frost

In Moldova, for three nights in a row, the air temperature in many regions fell below -3°С, and in certain areas of the northern and central zone of the country the dropped to 7°С. As a result, in the cherry, apricot and Japanese-Chinese plum orchards, about 60-90% of the buds froze. This will lead to a very significant yield loss of these crops in 2019.

Ananie Peshtyan, professor at the Department of Horticulture of the Agrarian University of the Republic of Moldova, plantations located in lowlands and hollows, where the night time temperature was significantly lower, suffered the most. Young gardens of foreign varieties of cherries (Kordia, Regina, etc.) were also hardest hit, while gardens laid out on the basis of old varieties (Chkalov) showed an expectedly higher resistance to frost. Finally, the plants in the “bud” phase suffered comparatively more, less in the “white bud” phase. reports on the weather forecast, saying that in the next few days frosts will persist.

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