Frost has damaged a significant portion of Latvia's fruit and berry crops

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Spring frost, drought, and hail caused major damage to a significant part of Latvia's fruit and berry crops this year, according to Māris Narvils, a gardening expert at the Latvian Rural Advisory and Training Center, reported on July 31.

Most pears have perished in frost. Cold nights and pests have also claimed many plums and cherries. Black and red currant growers, on the other hand, have decided not to harvest their yield at all this year.

Gooseberries, however, have not suffered from the frost, and promise to be sweet this year. Likewise, a good yield of blueberries is expected.

Apple trees hadn't started blossoming yet by the time the frost was making the rounds, so next autumn will see an abundance of apples. Protracted rainfall, however, has caused the development of the apple scab disease, which means that this year's apples will not be as good as one might have wanted them to.

Narvils said that a lot of growers have managed to protect their crops from the frost. Grape growers, for example, have waged a diligent battle against the cold, and their efforts have paid off in the promise of a plentiful yield.

Narvils pointed out that the frosts had touched the majority of the country. Even though there was little frost in the coastal areas, the seaside crops were ruined by hailstorms. There are also places which suffered from the paucity of precipitation.

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