France to declare agricultural ‘disaster’ over spring frost

Posted: April 9, 2021 by oldbrew in Agriculture, government, Natural Variation, weather


A winegrower lights anti-frost candles in a French vineyard [image credit:]

Government policy is to try and make the climate cooler. Now read on.
The French government is to declare an agricultural disaster over an unusual early spring frost that has damaged crops and vines across the country, the agriculture minister said. reporting.

Julien Denormandie told Franceinfo radio late Thursday that the cold snap had been “particularly difficult” for the sector with “significant losses” registered.

“We are completely mobilised so that the accompanying measures can be put in place as quickly as possible,” he said.

“Specifically, we will implement a regime of agricultural disaster,” saying tax breaks could be envisaged as well as help from banks and insurance and warning that more cold weather could be on the way.

He said the situation was “quite exceptional”, with vineyards hit but also other crops like beet and rapeseed in regions spanning the north of the country to the southeast.

In a bid to ward off the frost, French winemakers have lit thousands of small fires which have caused a layer of smog in the southeast of the country.

The practice of lighting fires or candles near vines or fruit trees to prevent the formation of frost is a long-standing technique used in early spring when the first green shoots are vulnerable to the cold.

Full article here.

  1. tallbloke says:

    In other news:

  2. Jim says:

    Interesting. What corporate leader told everyone to plant this early?until the middle of april there is a chance of a solid freeze, thru the 15 th of may a frost, and thru the spring a gentle rain to flooding thru the summer, but march? That’s someone gambling on two crops a year, and neither to be ripe, but stored chemically. Not nice.

  3. oldbrew says:

    Re COP 26: ‘This year’s summit could have as many as 30,000 attendees if all goes to plan, and it is aimed at bringing countries together to decide what to do about climate change.’

    All arrivals paying a fat fee (£150?) for a mandatory Covid test at the airport? Nice little earner.

    Might even cover the policing costs 😆

  4. ivan says:

    Sorry Jim, but in most cases the grape vines have been there for years as have the fruit trees and the owners/farmers have no say in when they start to produce blossom. All they can do is try and protect as much as possible, in fact down in my area many of them have permanent anti frost devices installed.

    Most of the farmers in my village would love some of the global warming they keep hearing about and increased CO2 in the atmosphere to help thing to grow.

  5. Curious George says:

    Why is nobody blaming the Climate Change?

  6. Most strange. Have a look at

    We are on the edge of leaving the frost risk area at this time of year.

  7. Stephen Richards says:

    Looks about right. Much of the Bordeaux region is in the mid april group. I’m about 130Kms in land from bordeaux coast. We have seen frost in april and snow on one occasion well into april. The past 3 years have been virtually frost free with most of the damage being done in may through large hail.

  8. craigm350 says:

    Reblogged this on WeatherAction News and commented:
    France could do with some of that global heating we keep hearing about.

  9. David A says:

    Always good to remember that most of any CO2 induced warming happens at night, reducing frost, and elevated CO2 also makes plants more frost resistant.

  10. Bryan R Gregory says:

    I read that a certain Mr. Gates who seems to have a finger in quite a lot of pies these days now wants to spray chemicals into the atmosphere to deflect the suns rays in order to reduce the global temperature, He obviously does not own a vineyard, mind you, he has bought up vast amounts of US farmland.

  11. oldbrew says:

    Greta Says She’s Not Coming & Glasgow’s COP26 Should Be Cancelled

    Cancel culture strikes again.

  12. tom0mason says:

    France joins the club with Spain, Holland, Belgium, Turkey, parts of Italy, and many other parts of the Eastern Mediterranean for a less than ideal start to Spring.

    However the EU Commission see few problems with this Spring (as of 30 March 2021) …

  13. Global warming was supposed to prevent this from happening in our lifetime and beyond.

    Proves climate alarmism is way beyond stupid, They do not understand anything about what causes what or what will happen next.

  14. Greta wanted to attend in warmest times caused by global warming. She does not want to get caught in a snowstorm in summer clothes.

  15. ren says:

    Arctic air has embraced England and is beginning to reach northwestern France, where a jet stream is pressing in.

  16. […] So here’s one delicious piece of news which didn’t make it into our newspapers. Our friends at ‘Tallbloke’s Talkshop’ reported that the French government is going to declare ‘an agricultural disaster over an unusual early spring frost that has damaged crops and vines across the country, the agriculture minister said’ (link). […]

  17. oldbrew says:

    French lawmakers approve a ban on short domestic flights
    Posted on April 11, 2021

    French lawmakers voted late on Saturday to abolish domestic flights on routes that can be covered by train in under two-and-a-half hours, as the government seeks to lower carbon emissions even as the air travel industry reels from the global pandemic.

    Take that, climate! 🤣

  18. ren says:

    The polar vortex, after a resurgence in late February, is still active.

    Stratosphere is coldest ever for this time of the year.

  19. oldbrew says:

    Climate obsessives look away now…

    From Europe to Alaska, parts of the world are exceptionally cold right now
    Date: 11/04/21 The Washington Post

    Frigid air, spilling south from the Arctic, has invaded Europe and Alaska, setting back spring and challenging long-standing records.

  20. […] similar story is reported in France, Germany and the Netherlands, to name a few nearby countries. It was sunnier than typical Aprils, […]

  21. […] similar story is reported in France, Germany and the Netherlands, to name a few nearby countries. It was sunnier than […]

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