In Saint-Palais, near Bourges, the orchards of Corinne Laroche have also suffered from the cold.
The use of straw fires to protect the apple, pear and blueberry crops proved ineffective. “At least, we tell ourselves that we did something,” explains the arboriculturist who has suffered heavy losses.
Temperatures went down to -7°C last week. “A disaster, as bad as in 1991, when we were left with 20% of our harvest.”
It is still too early for a precise evaluation of the damage, but the first assessments are clear: 95% of the future fruits are destroyed for the Pink Lady variety.