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The cold wave will continue during the night of Sunday April 3 to Monday April 4, with new negative temperatures. How do winegrowers protect their crops?
For Burgundy winegrowers, the night of Sunday April 3 to Monday April 4 will be “of all dangers”says journalist Olivier Martin, live from Fuissé (Saône-et-Loire). “Icy cold, down to -5 degrees, [est] announced tonight, he continues. Winegrowers have deployed protective measures to combat frost, such as “straw bales ready to burn” Where “candles to warm the plots”.
Work has also been done upstream. “Some have chosen to delay the pruning of their vines as much as possible, to slow down the growth and the appearance of buds, and thus limit the damage of frost on the plant”, says Olivier Martin. However, it is difficult to know whether the measures will be sufficient. “The concern is great this evening, because the producers in the Burgundy vineyard are afraid of reliving the scenario they experienced last year at around the same time, when the frost had destroyed [environ] half the harvest”concludes the journalist.