Night frosts seriously adjusted the plans of farmers for the harvest.
Night frosts hit seedlings planted in fields and gardens, as well as rapidly blooming fruit trees in Volgograd and the Volgograd region. Blooming cherries, apricots and cherries were seriously affected.
“By five in the morning, the leaves and color of the trees, if they were crushed with your fingers, were breaking from the ice,” says Andrey Proshakov, a peasant, poet and publicist from the Ilovlinsky district, “Today’s night frost was the hardest to endure, varietal apricot, sweet cherry and cherry. Shoots of early potatoes, all areas where it is higher than 10 centimeters, can be written off. Seedlings of vegetables, planted already in open ground, except for cabbage, are beaten by frost. Such frosts in our places last happened on May 8, 2000. The consequences of tonight can be assessed in a week.
However, assessing the scale of losses, farmers traditionally console themselves with the fact that somewhere in another part of the world it is even worse than here.
“Unlike ours to -4 °C, in India there is an abnormal heat of +40 °C, and it seems that a drought is starting, which is also not very good for agriculture,” Andrey Proshakov argues, “There are concerns about the grain harvest. For Russians, this could result in rising prices for rice and sugar from the new crop.