Winegrowers in vineyards near Chablis, Burgundy, on April 7, 2021 as temperatures fall below zero … [+] degrees celsius during the night.
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France is under a cold spell, with the weather falling to an unexpected -4C across large parts of the country, record lows for April. And that’s causing huge problems for farmers and wine producers, who fear that crops will be damaged. From Chablis to Champagne, as reported by The Local, France has been covered with images of what looks like fields that have been set alight.
These are crop candles, placed in fields by the famers to ward off the frost.
As reported by actu.fr, throughout Monday night to Tuesday morning, the temperature dropped but it wasn’t as alarming as the weather conditions on Tuesday night to Wednesday morning. Winemaker Claire Lelais in the south of Sarthe, north west France said that the situation deteriorated over a period of several hours, as the increased humidity began to freeze the vines, and many farmers were forced to light as many candles as they could afford to save crops.
However, a big issue for the vineyards is the cost. As reported by The Connexion, these controlled fires can increase temperatures by 3C but candles can cost up to €10 ($12) each, so the cost can be as much as €2,000-€3,000 ($2,400 to $3,600) per hectare…