French winemakers fight frost with fire
to save 2021 harvest
A sudden drop in temperatures is threatening wine grapes in vineyards across France. Temperatures fell below 20 degrees over the weekend in major wine producing regions.
To save their crops from the early season crop, farmers have been getting up before dawn to light lamps and hay bales in fields. The smoke acts like a pair of sunglasses for the crops by keeping the sun from from thawing the buds too fast.
Farmers have been posting their fight on social media.
It is still early in the season, but farmers expect most of their crop will be lost. Some farmers even said it’s the worst frost they have ever seen. Peach trees, apricots, and other fruits have been damaged by the frost as well. The french government promises to help farmers with tax breaks and financial aid.