Abnormally warm weather at the beginning of 2023, when growers of fruits and table grapes of Moldova feared an early start of vegetation, will be replaced by frost.
Real winter, snowy, windy, and cold, will return to Moldova at the end of the week. While weather forecasts do not cause great fears in the country, moderate and not “dry” frosts are expected. Experts from fruit growers’ organizations agree that the danger of orchards and vineyards freezing is low, as this has not happened in January for many years. The temperature may sometimes drop to -20° C in Moldova in winter, so this was taken into account when choosing varieties of fruit crops to plant.
The only exceptions are some segments of the country’s berry sector. Plantations of several varieties of blackberries, as well as strawberries, are not that resistant to frost. Plantings of blackberries equipped with technologies have an inclined support system to cover the bushes if necessary. However, berry farmers are unlikely to have enough time to hire workers for emergency labor-intensive operations during the winter holidays, even if they have the necessary covering materials and money for this.
Apparently, only small, and especially valuable berry plantations can be protected in this way. Unfortunately, berry growers believe that many of them “will be worrying but passive observers.”
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