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China: Shandong Yantai fruit prices continue to rise

Because of the drop in temperatures and the snowfall, the fruit prices in Yantai, Shandong, have been rising. There are two main reasons why these weather factors often lead to a rise in prices. Firstly, the market supply drops, as the weather is not good for storage. For example, after Shatangju oranges are.....

Belgian researchers test bananas in growth container

There is a place in Leuven, Belgium, where since a few weeks ago, the climate of the African highlands can be found - in a container at the Bioscience Engineering Faculty. Scientists are going to do a four-year study on how well different banana plants grow in this climate.You could not tell by looking at what.....

United States:

Georgia peach farmers hope for colder winter

University of Georgia Cooperative Extension County coordinator Jeff Cook claims cooler temperatures are needed to avoid another disastrous peach season. Last year’s mild winter contributed to Georgia’s peach industry suffering an 80 percent loss. Cook estimates that 70 percent of those losses were attributed.....

Bhutan: Poor yields hit mandarin exporters

In 2014, Bhutanese orange exporters generated 10.42 million dollars, the highest amount in about 14 years. Bhutan was able to export about 26,728 tonnes of mandarins that year, more than double the amount produced in 2013. This season, the orange depots in Phuentsholing did not get enough oranges . Although.....

Germany: Weather extremes could be the norm in the future

New climate simulations for Germany show that extreme events such as heat waves or heavy rainfall could occur more frequently and more violently in the future. With adaptive measures -such as heat reaction plans, or use of inner-city areas as a temporary water reservoir- we can prepare ourselves for climate.....


Mexico: Historic frosts destroy more than 600 hectares of crops

More than 600 hectares of crops were totally lost last because of last weekend's frost, in which temperatures dropped down to -15 degrees Celsius, said Adolfo Bonilla Gomez, the head of the Secretariat of the Field (Secampo) of Zacatecas.According to the first evaluations carried out by personnel from Secampo,.....

Winter storm Benji dusts southern US and Mexico with rare snow

Winter Storm Benji swept through the deep south of the United States late last week, bringing snow and freezing rain to parts of the country normally known for their subtropical climate. Areas in the deep south of Texas experienced snow while central and northern Florida saw temperatures approaching freezing......

Few hundred acres of avocado trees impacted

California growers set out to fully assess wildfire damage

As the remnants of half a dozen fires in Southern California remain, growers are looking ahead to assess the damage and see where they’ll go from here. “The fire has burned almost exclusively in the hills, so the effect has been mostly limited to rangeland and avocado orchards, which often are planted on.....

Vegetable production in province severely affected: onion and potato plantings 50-80% down in some areas

Capetonians behaving badly in their water usage

As the weekly dam levels in the Western Cape have again made a turn for the worse, 1% down, the City of Cape Town has just announced level six water restrictions for next year.Mayor Patricia de Lille yesterday said at a city council meeting: “As of yesterday, our dam levels stand at 35.1%, while collective.....

Farmers in Spain & Portugal affected by extreme droughts

Spain and Portugal are grappling with a devastating drought which has left rivers nearly dry, sparked deadly wildfires and devastated crops - and experts warn that prolonged dry spells will become more frequent.Nearly all of Portugal has suffered extreme drought conditions during the last six months, which has.....