In addition to the counties of Bajo Cinca and Valdejalón, the heat wave that has hit the Spanish region of Aragon in recent days has also taken a toll on the fruit fields in the area of Calatayud and Jiloca. Based on the crops' ripeness, cherry farms have been the most affected in these areas, although in some fields the harvest had already come to an end. "It's still early to give accurate figures, but up to 40% of the cherry harvest could be affected," said UAGA fruit co-manager Alberto Ortego.
The fruit grower from the Calatayud area also said that the intense sun recorded has caused changes in the color of some peaches, while pears and apples in trees with little foliage have also been affected.
The worst part is that many farms in this area had already suffered the impact of damages caused by frost and hail. "The heat will cause a break in the trees' vegetative growth and therefore affect the normal development of the fruit," said Ortego, adding that the Valdejalón region has not been affected by frost.
One of the most affected fruit growing regions of Aragon has been the surroundings of Bajo Cinca, where the sun has burned entire farms of pears and apples, which is unusual. The area of La Almunia, which also produces fruit intensively, hasn't been spared either.