We might have enjoyed the dry winter here in southern Spain but it has caused problems for the growers of almond trees. Whilst citrus trees are irrigated by a system of pipes, the almond trees rely on natural irrigation. Without the winter rain, the trees do not come into flower and so there is no crop. Of course, the flowers appear first before the leaves on these trees.
If you travel to Torremendo where there are swathes of almond trees, you can see that many look to be dead, certainly they are showing no signs of bearing flowers. Our teacher tell us that estimates show 95% of this year’s crop will be lost.