Almond crops have been hit by frosts, with an average of 50% damaged in all production areas. To this we must add the impact of the dry weather in the interior, although the agrarian organization trusts that this will have been mitigated by the rains recorded in these past few days. The high temperatures of the winter had caused the flowering to start earlier, raising concerns amongst the producers, given that a long season was still ahead, with the consequent risk of frosts at a time when the trees were particularly sensitive. And those frosts have arrived, causing the almond production to be halved.
In the counties of Castellón, the situation varies depending on the districts and municipalities; the farther north, the lower the damages. For example, in the Maestrat or in the Plana Baixa, producers even expect good harvests. The most affected is the Plana Alta, especially when it comes to the later varieties. The Marcona, which is very widespread, has endured the low temperatures better, as it was in a less sensitive phenological state.
In the province of Valencia, in Utiel-Requena, the frosts have been generalized. Some areas record up to 100% damages, according to the balance from the organization. In the rest of the region, the average damage stands at 50%, especially in Llargueta. La Unió estimates that about 300 hectares have recorded 100% damages, while another 1,000 hectares have suffered 50% damages. The damages in Utiel-Requena could thus be worth over five million Euro.
In the county of Vinalopó, in the province of Alicante, early varieties have suffered damages ranging between 20 and 80%, depending on the area. The mid-season varieties, like the Llargueta, have also been affected to various degrees, reaching up to 100% damages.
Late varieties, such as the Marinada and the Penta, have been the most affected.