The Agricultural and Fisheries Information Service of the Junta de Andalucía published its latest report on the state of crops in Almeria's greenhouses, corresponding to the week of February 20-26.
In Western Almeria, greenhouse pepper cultivation work was scarce in the last week of February, and producers only cleaned bushes and harvested the product. As prices continued to rise, some farmers were postponing the start of plantations. Those who had already uprooted the plants were replacing their plantation with melon or watermelon crops.
Tomato crops in Western Almeria were in full harvest, and the spring plantations were in different states and starting to produce.
There were new eggplant plantations, which will remain until the summer, and producers continued harvesting the long-cycle eggplant crops. In cucumber greenhouses, the mid-season plantations were still being harvested. Producers also carried out the usual pruning and shearing tasks, and the late varieties will be the only cucumbers left. The spring courgette plants were developing their bush and growing, and the mid-season plantings were still in full production.
As for the spring crops, the earliest melon plants continued to grow, and producers continued to transplant Galia melons from the nurseries and started planting Yellow and Piel de Sapo melons. All of them were protected with thermal blankets.
The first watermelons were developing, favored by the greenhouse's special protections to reduce heat leakage at night.
In the greenhouses of the area of Nijar, the production period of long-cycle tomatoes has been extended because their branches were more separate than normal due to the weather conditions at the beginning of the cycle, which led to a decrease in less production that was compensated by cutting 1-2 more branches.
The new plantations were in their vegetative growth cycle, and the more advanced plants had a first branch. The courgettes were still curdling less than normal at this time of the year due to the cold weather. In addition, in some places in the Lower Andarax area, there were freshly curdled fruits that had twisted and hardened.
Finally, the vegetative development of watermelon plants continued. Producers in the area of La Cañada did not introduce any hives to the greenhouses because the weather was still too cold.