The frosts recorded between March 23 and 26 caused flower and bud damage in peach and apricot orchards, but for now it is not yet possible to estimate the extent to which the production volume will be affected, reports FruitVeB, the Hungarian Vegetable and Fruit Interprofessional Organization and Product Council. In addition, further severe cold temperatures are expected in the next few days and frosts may still occur at any time by mid-May.
Generally speaking, due to the mild February, the fruit trees started to flourish about one and a half weeks earlier than usual, and so did the flowering. At the time of the frost, 60 to 80 of the apricot bloom had already happened nationally, while for peaches the figures oscillate between 40 and 60 percent. For other fruit species, the bloom has not started yet. Since all fruit species in Hungary's southern and western arable lands are one and a half weeks ahead of the northern, eastern and northeastern vegetation, the former were exposed to a higher risk of frost.
In any case, FruitVeB stresses that at present, only bud and flower damage can be spoken of, which doesn't necessarily entail a loss of yield.