Since the hydrological year began in the Valdepeñas region, barely a third of the average annual amount has rained, only 100 millimeters compared to the 350 recorded on average. It has not rained for more than four months, which adds to the long drought and causes irreparable damage to the fields.
Vineyards, one of the region’s main crops, are already affected by water shortages. with an irregular germination and flowering which indicates significant losses in this year’s crop. Gregorio López de Lerma, viticulturist
The situation could improve if rains, at least between 40 and 50 liters per square meter in the coming days and weeks, could help save the vine plants.
In any case, the farmers consulted by Onda Cerro agree to normalize a harvest campaign with very low and advanced production, they also venture at the end of July, as Engracia Segovia, viticulturist and president of ASAJA Moral de Calatrava explained. ,
Rainy vineyard holdings better in a traditional glass
The traditional goblet rain-fed vineyard is tolerating this water deficit better than the reticulated vineyards planted in recent years, which require more irrigation.
As for varieties, the red Sensibel or Tempranillo grapes suffer more than the white Airen.
The Olive Garden is also no stranger to the effects of drought. New plantings of the Picture variety fare poorly, with the traditional cornicabra being less affected, although if the drought persists the tree will drop its fruit to survive.
Finally, the worst-case scenario for the grain crop has been confirmed, with 99% lost.