The Region of Murcia's agricultural crops have barely been harmed by the first frosts of winter. The most severe ones were recorded between night and dawn on Monday January 6, with -2 and -3 degrees Celsius. These took a toll on artichoke fields in Campillo, Lorca, and also in an area of Totana. "But these damages have been insignificant," according to sources from the Council of Agriculture.
Antonio Moreno, secretary of agriculture of the Union of Small Agricultural Producers (UPA), explained that artichokes are "very sensitive" to the cold, so damages are usually recorded when temperatures fall. However, other vegetables have resisted the cold and the fruit trees and almond trees have even benefited from it, as their vegetative development has been slowed down, thereby preventing the flowering from happening too early, said Moreno.
The cold nights, which started on New Year's Eve and have continued during the first week of the year, will be followed by a rise in the minimum temperatures. These will then fall again abruptly on Sunday.