Many stone fruits orchards are blooming in Moldova in the middle of the third decade of April. However, the relatively low average temperature prevents their intensive pollination. Farmers fear that this factor will significantly affect the productivity of orchards: the potential yield of stone fruits (probably, except for plums, which have just started blooming) may decrease in some areas by 10-15% or more.
Horticultural experts note that for high activity of bees, night temperature should be above + 5-7 degrees, and morning and evening temperature should be above + 10-12 degrees Celsius. It was often much cooler in April 2021, with variable cloud cover. Bees were flying only for several hours and rarely in such conditions. Only bumblebees, which can pollinate even in windy weather at + 5-7 degrees Celsius, worked stably. However, only a few horticultural enterprises in the country have bumblebees for pollination.
Farmers hope that the pollen remains moist during the rainy season, and therefore viable for a longer period. There will be enough time for pollination since the end of the first week of May, when warm weather is expected to settle in the country.
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