The weather has, for the fifth season, put at risk the cherry campaign of the Valle de las Caderechas, in the Burgos region of La Bureba. The mild temperatures in February and March advanced the cherry blossoms. Then, the frost that hit the lowest part of the territory during Sunday night damaged a large part of the flowers.
The reduction of flowers does not have to drastically affect the entire production of the area, as the quality improves the less fruit grows on each branch. However, there is a higher risk for the harvest in this campaign because the blossoms in the lower areas started nearly twenty days earlier than in other campaigns.
Juan Jose Gandia, the president of the Las Caderechas Producers and Merchants Association, said climate change was more noticeable each year and that it had a direct impact on the development of fruit trees. "The cherries will continue to be at risk until mid-May when they are well-formed and it is not so cold. The frost on Sunday does not compromise the total harvest of the valley, but it does affect specific points, such as Salas de Bureba," In fact, the producers of this municipality almost lost all of this year's cherry harvest. The flowering is slower in higher locations of the region and the buds have not suffered as much from the cold.
The Association initially forecasted they would have a more abundant production than in 2020, a year in which they collected some 150,000 kilos of certified cherries; a much lower volume than the 500,000 kilos they harvested years ago.
Adopt a tree
In Oña, José Ángel Acebes offers people the opportunity of sponsoring one of his 1,400 cherry trees so they can pick fruit directly from its branches, an action highly valued among city dwellers.
The interested party must pay 60 euro the first year and 15 the following, a price that includes the annual maintenance and care of the tree.