The potential loss of cherry yield due to heavy rains is currently at 80%.
Agronomist and farmer of the Ukrainian company “Aurora” Evgeniya Nikityuk told this in the commentary for AgroPortal.ua.
“We cannot yet fully assess the losses, as it rains and will continue to rain for several days. There is only hope for around 20% of the harvest, but it is becoming smaller every day,” Nikityuk says.
According to her, stressful conditions for plants were initially formed, and they are still under stress.
“This is the first case in my 10 years’ experience. Our agronomists who have been working for more than 35 years have never observed such precipitation in spring,” the expert says.
She adds that the growing season of cherries has been greatly delayed this year and it has shifted by about 2-2.5 weeks, perhaps even 3.
“This stresses the tree. It dumps all potential crops. The fruits just crumble. In addition, biological ripening begins, the cherry picks up excess moisture and begins to crack,” the agronomist of the Aurora company says.
It is impossible to protect farms by any means under current conditions. Firstly, the mechanical equipment cannot enter on the field, and secondly, it is useless, because of the constant rains.
“It has been continuously raining for several days,” Nikityuk says.
The situation with plums and apricots is similar and it’s too early to talk about apple trees, she added.
For reference: LLC “Aurora” is located in the Orekhovsky district of the Zaporizhzhia region. Apples, apricots, plums, cherry plums are grown on an area of 120 hectares. 70 hectares are planted with 15 varieties of cherries. Also, the company exports its products.
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