English vineyards report ‘catastrophic’ damage after severe April frost

In California in the 60s and 70s, smudge pots, orchard wind machines, frost fans, and sprinklers were common sights and topics of discussion. Lately, not so much. Perhaps we’ve grown complacent and ignored the threats of frost damage to our food supply.


By Paul Homewood

h/t Quaseoveritas

From the Guardian:


English winemakers are reporting “catastrophic” crop damage after the worst frost in a generation wiped out at least half of this year’s grape harvest.

Chris White, the chief executive of Denbies Wine Estate in Surrey, said up to 75% of its crop was damaged by last week’s sub-zero temperatures: “The temperature dropped to -6C and at that level it causes catastrophic damage to buds,” he said.

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