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Cold wave: in Eure, an arborist creates a greenhouse effect to protect his orchard


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Cold wave: in Eure, an arborist creates a greenhouse effect to protect his orchard

A.Deshayes, S.L’Hôte, P.Cadinot – France 3

France Televisions

The cold wave that affected several regions will further intensify on the night of Monday April 4. To save their crops, arborists anticipate. Some of them spent the night of Sunday April 3 protecting their orchards.

AT Bourgtheroulde (Eure)the fruit grower Rick Van hut walks with a bucket full of gasoline in one hand and a torch in the other. He is 5am morning, on the night of Sunday April 3. Since 1h30 in the morning, the arborist lights straw bales around his orchard, where there are 3 hectares of apple trees. It is the smoke produced by the straw, not the fire, that interests the arborist. Indeed, unlike burning candles, which directly warms the trees, the idea here is to create a cloud above the orchard.

What the arborist is looking for is a greenhouse effect. Under the smoke dome it is -3 degrees, while it is -5 degrees outside the orchard. This is the fourth time in six years that Rick Van hut uses this ancestral technique. Saving crops means saving your business and its employees, but it’s also protecting flowers and bees.


Cold wave: in Eure, an arborist creates a greenhouse effect to protect his orchard

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