Agriculture: thunderstorms strike violently, crops wiped off the map

The weekend of June 19, 2021 and the following days were marked by strong thunderstorms that hit the entire territory. Floods in Île-de-France or even in the North, thunder, lightning, hail… a major meteorological phenomenon which once again affected the agricultural sector. Since the beginning of spring 2021, the latter has not been spared.

First the frost, then a complicated month of May …

Agriculture in France started the year with a late frost period in April 2021, described simply as ” worst agronomic disaster of the beginning of the 21st century »According to the Minister of Agriculture, Julie Denormandie. The vines, in particular, were hit hard, as was the fruit production … and the damages run into tens of millions of euros, potentially billions.

Then came the month of May: if exceptional events, in meteorological terms, were not reported, the month was complicated with localized episodes of hail, in particular, which once again affected agricultural production. A risk calculated in normal times, but which will be added to the freeze in 2021.

Unfortunately, the black series was far from over: the end of spring and the beginning of summer brought another nasty surprise to the agricultural sector.

Considerable damage in some crops

Localized but extremely violent and spread over the whole of France, a mini-tornado was even filmed in France in the Doubs on June 22, 2021, the thunderstorms that hit the country on the weekend of June 19, 2021 caused ‘significant damage. The FNSEA, the majority union, even declared that “ in some sectors, it’s catastrophic “. Saumurois, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, Côte d’Or… its president, Christiane Lambert, reveals that certain plots have been destroyed “ 100 % “.

Asked by France 3 Auvergne Rhône Alpes, Benoît Claret, president of the Ardèche Chamber of Agriculture, is already worried about the future: “ in addition to the already very significant damage caused by frost in April on viticulture, the losses caused by hail are very important. There is nothing left. The wood is affected, it is also worrying for the 2022 harvest “.