• Poland: Rains could wash away pre-harvest treatments

    The apple harvest season in Poland is in full swing, unfortunately the rainy weather does not allow the fruit growers to continue working in the orchards.

    The rainy aura lingers over Poland, thus making apple harvest difficult. According to forecasts, also the next week is marked by rain. When the rains are short, the growers are still able to continue harvesting. Of course, this is paid for with breaks at work or the workers leaving the field several times, but in the case of continuous rainfall, there is no chance of work progress.

    Workers situation
    The intense rainfall that is currently taking place in the Warecko-Grójec region which is the biggest orchard region in Poland, makes it completely impossible to continue the work on the harvest. The unfavorable weather situation causes nerves for fruit growers who have been struggling with difficult weather conditions since spring. The employees have no reason to be satisfied either. Not going out into the field for half a day does not give them the expected earnings. It is even worse for those who are not housed on the spot on the farm and, for example, are borrowed for a given day.

    Fruit quality
    The current rainfall is very likely not to have a positive effect on the quality of the fruit. All-day rainfall is likely to wash away the protective pre-harvest treatments. Additionally, increased humidity may contribute to the development of secondary apple scab infections. In an orchard where stains on fruit can be found, despite prior chemical treatment, the conidial stage of the fungus may form, which at the current humidity and temperature may become a source of secondary infections or reveal itself when storing apples as storage scab.

    Source: Agroberichtenbuitenland

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