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Spring Frosts Threaten Apricot, Peach Crops

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Due to the spring frosts, fewer apricots and peaches may be produced this year, especially from the varieties that can be harvested early in June, according to a summary published on the website of the Hungarian Vegetable-Fruit Trade Organization and Product Council, FruitVeb.

The arctic cold that arrived on March 15 did not yet cause any particular damage; at that time, only a few varieties of apricots had bloomed, and those only in Southern Transdanubia.

Other apricot varieties and fruit species were still well before flowering. By the time of the second cold snap on March 27, apricots and peaches were blooming nationwide, and plums and cherries were already blossoming in the south.

The other fruit species were one-to-three weeks from the beginning of flowering, depending on the region and species, FruitVeb wrote.

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