Widespread frost is forecast through the apricot growing regions from tonight
It is anticipated that 30% of bloom has set, leaving fruit-lets that are highly susceptible to frost, even -1 or -2 C can cause damage.
30% of trees are in full bloom leaving them susceptible to frost damage if temperatures fall below -3 C.
The balance not yet in bloom but expected to bloom in the next few days.
Forecast is for temperatures in the orchards to fall below zero each night for the next 5 nights with Sunday being the coldest.
Various forecasts for Sunday night
Area Deg C State of the bloom
Akcadag -4 50% in open
Baskil -5 All open or set
Battalgazi -3 All open or set
Darende -4 30% open
Dogansehir -6 Mostly not yet open
Hekimhan -5 Mostly not yet open
Malatya -4 All open or set
Puturge -4 Mostly open or set
Yazihan -2 50% open
Supply and demand were well matched for the past 2 seasons and no carryover was expected. No offers are available in the market today