Climate

AgroAmerica donates $50,000 for conservation of tropical forest of Maya Biosphere Reserve

AgroAmerica has joined the environmental conservation Project of the Maya Cultural and Natural Heritage Foundation (Fundación Patrimonio Cultural y Natural Maya) –Pacunam- to contribute to protect cultural and natural heritage such as tropical forest, and the flora and fauna of the Maya Biosphere…

Climate conditions South Africa for Nov 2018 and onwards

There are currently some important climatologicl issues for South Africa; a tropical cyclone is building in the Western Indian Ocean, and the first effects of El Nino are…

Effects of El Niño: Landslides in Peru - tornado in Argentina

An avalanche of rocks and mud fell on a town in the Peru’s Huanuco province, about 350 km north-east of Lima. Some 80 houses were buried in the mud. Emergency shelters have been set up for the affected families and troops sent to secure the area. Fortunately, no deaths were reported, but the rains are expected to continue…

The regions of O'Higgins, Maule, Ñuble, Bio Bio, and Araucania were affected

Chile: Severe hail storm affects multiple crops

The intensity of this Monday's rains and hailstorms in south central Chile affected many crops. Some producers have registered more damages than others. The question is to what extent this will this affect exports and employment in the region. The president of the Association of Fruit Exporters of Chile…

Mexico freeze signals premature season end for some regions

Central and mountainous regions of Mexico are experiencing freezing temperatures this week as a deep southward dip in the jet stream makes its way well south of the border, drawing colder air from the north. The states of Chihuahua, Coahuila, Durango, San Luis Potosi, and Guanajuato are seeing the…

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Italy: Weather damage may mean shortages in some markets

The dramatic pictures of the incredibly violent whirlwind that hit the Sperlonga area last week have been seen throughout Italy and beyond. Once the emergency phase was over, farmers and citizens rolled up their sleeves to start over from scratch. Source: h24notizie.com Elio Paparello is the Fedagro referent for the Fondi market,…

Italy: Whirlwind damages farms in central Italy

On Monday 29th of October 2019, central Italy was hit by a fierce whirlwind, which brought many farmers to their knees. This area is one of the best fruit and vegetable production areas in Italy. Some partners of the OP La Flacca, who are part of the AOP Luce consortium, experienced problems. The roofs of the greenhouses were blown…

Spain: Subtropical sector concerned by water shortage in Viñuela

The water levels at the reservoirs are currently far lower than the average of the last ten years; consequently, subtropical producers of the Axarquía region are concerned.…

Hurricane Willa impacts mangoes, while tomato and chili crops destroyed

The states of Sinaloa, Jalisco and Nayarit in Mexico are facing weeks and possibly months of recovery and rebuilding after Hurricane Willa crossed the coast on Wednesday. Strong winds were felt along the coastal plain but they dissipated quickly due to the mountains that rise up close-by to the east.…

New challenges face Eastern Cape farmers after rains

Some good rain spells in recent weeks have relieved some of the pressure for Eastern Cape farmers, but for them, the future is still far from certain. According to Agri Eastern Cape president…

Apple orchards flooded

Floods in Southern France will have major consequences for fruit and vegetable production

On Sunday night through Monday, heavy rain caused flooding in Southern France. Around the town of Carcassonne in the department of Aude, the water became very high. The floods have so far killed 13 people. The south of France is an important region for the fruit and vegetable production. A spokesperson of Les…

Most vegetables in the area already harvested

China: Snowstorm in Urumqi has little influence on agricultural industry

The heavy sheet of snow after a snowstorm in Urumqi is weighing down and breaking the branches of fruit trees, but how did it affect the agricultural industry in and around…

Superstorm Willa and Storm Vicente complicate the weather on the east coast of Mexico

Hurricane Willa is about to touch land in Mexico

Mexico is getting ready what might be one of the worst storms in history to reach its Pacific coasts. Willa formed on Saturday and went from a tropical storm to a Category 5 hurricane in just two days. Fortunately, yesterday it downgraded to a Category 4 hurricane and its winds have been losing speed…

Hurricane Michael destroys corn, while other crops were already suffering

Corn suppliers have confirmed that the majority of the corn crop in Bainbridge, Georgia was destroyed by Hurricane Michael earlier this month. Additionally, some farming infrastructure was damaged although much of this has come through unscathed, including packing houses, most of which have survived. In…

Spain: Heavy rainfall has so far not caused significant damage to crops

Because of the heavy rainfall recorded in Castellon last Thursday, many areas on the coast have been flooded. Consequently, agricultural activities have almost ground to a halt. So far, however, no significant damage to crops has been recorded. According to Pascual Pla, of the NULEXPORT cooperative in Nules, the activities in the…

New weather warning - East of Spain braces for worst “cold drop” in 10 years

More extreme weather has been forecast for Spain just days after tropical storm Leslie swept across the country and flash flooding in the Balearic Islands left 13 people dead…

El Salvador: Storm Michael affected plantain, vegetable, and bean crops

Tropical storm Michael affected banana, vegetable, and bean crops, according to the head of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG), Orestes Ortez. "There have been some small effects in vegetable and plantain areas, mainly in the eastern part of the lower San Miguel. Bean crops became a little yellow, but…

Corn and tomato crops flattened by Hurricane Michael

The Florida panhandle and southern Georgia won't be functioning normally for several weeks after Hurricane Michael caused widespread destruction to the region. The storm crossed the coast as a category 4 hurricane and has been labeled as the strongest hurricane to hit the Florida panhandle. As a result,…

Tomatoes likely to be most affected by Hurricane Michael

Hurricane Michael is expected to cross the Florida coast sometime tomorrow afternoon. The hurricane is projected to be a category 3 storm by the time it reaches land, crossing the coast near Panama City Beach after lunch time. Rainfall totals are predicted to be between 6 - 10 inches near the coast and…

Tunisia: Climate change blamed for major damage to agriculture

A Tunisian official has blamed climate change for damage to the agricultural sector in the country. The estimated cost is said to be around $71.3 million. The head of the Tunisian Union for Agriculture and Fisheries, Abdel Majed Al-Zaar, has told reporters that only 5 percent, or $3.5 million, of the…

“Tropical storm Rosa not the monster it was predicted to be”

Tropical storm Rosa brought three to six inches of rain to Baja California and Sonora state on Monday, causing some flooding in the area. This region of Mexico is currently producing asparagus and supplies are expected to increase in the next week or two. Bram Hulshoff with Caborca-based Desert Farms…

Tropical storm Rosa hits Yuma, AZ at the start of planting season

Tropical Storm Rosa brought heavy rains to northwestern Mexico as it hit Baja California and Sonora state late on Monday, bringing 3 to 6 inches of rain to the area. From there, it moved northwest to southern Arizona and is expected to drench the desert areas of the southwestern US. According to…

Mexico: Sinaloa loses almost 15,000 hectares due to the rain

The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (Sagarpa) estimated that nearly 15,000 hectares of agricultural crops in Sinaloa had been completely lost and that there were partial losses in 1,920 hectares. According to the federal agency, the losses were due to the high rainfall left by…

Typhoon Mangkhut does significant damage to Guangdong

Xinhua reported on September 17th that the provincial meteorological office showed that typhoon Mangkhut landed on the coast of Jiangmen City in Guangdong around 17:00. At that time the wind speed reached 162 km per hour. More than 2.52 million people were already relocated by 18:00 on the day before the…

Plenty of fields still water-logged in North Carolina

The sun is finally out in North Carolina, but the ground is still very wet as the state slowly starts to recover from ex-Hurricane Florence. Many sweet potato fields are still underwater, and growers have not have not had a chance to formally assess fields. The general consensus is that there will be…

China: How did typhoon "Mangkhut" affect the fruit industry?

The typhoon "Mangkhut" drew the attention of various industries. From the perspective of the fruit industry, the typhoon caused a two-day break in fruit transport from south China to north China, including fruit transport from Southeast Asia via south China to north China. Wholesale prices in many areas…

Philippines vegetable prices skyrocket after typhoon ‘Ompong’

Benguet Provincial Agriculturist, Lolita Bentres, and Benguet Farmers Marketing Cooperative general manager, Augusta Balanoy, said the very high price of vegetables is due to the impassable roads, but assured there is an ample supply of highland vegetables. Prices of vegetables at the La Trinidad Vegetable Trading Post,…

Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala

India: Fruit and vegetable prices shoot up post floods

Close on the heels of fuel prices skyrocketing in the city, vegetables and fruit rates have also gone up. The vendors say there is a scarcity of vegetables and fruits in the…

Update: Sweet potato harvest halted after Hurricane Florence

Sweet potato growers in North Carolina will be out in numbers this week assessing their fields in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. After crossing the North Carolina coast on Friday,…

Western Cape farmers call for easing water restrictions

South Africa eager to repair drought damage

Western Cape farmers are calling on the South African government to reveal how much water they will be allocated this summer, in order to plan to fix the damage caused by the…

Australia: Drought fails to drain value from agri-sector

Despite scorching farmland across eastern Australia, the recent drought failed to drain the overall value of the nation's agriculture sector. The big dry has been offset by strong production in Western Australia, high livestock and rising grain prices, and a lower Australian dollar, according to the…

Hurricane Florence to hit late tomatoes, corn and strawberries in North Carolina

Hurricane Florence is blowing in some trouble for farmers, grape growers and tomatoes in Rowan County, North Carolina.   The expected winds of 35 mph and heavy rains will take their toll, particularly on producers like Patterson Farm and Correll Farm, who have tomatoes planted for harvest at least through the early part of October.   “Most of…

Flights to Taiwan-Hong Kong canceled due to typhoon

Several flights scheduled for Monday between Taiwan and Hong Kong have been canceled due to Typhoon Mangkhut, airline companies announced. Taiwan's China Airlines (CAL) said on their website that they have canceled flights, as did EVA Airways, another of Taiwan's major carriers. Hong Kong carrier Cathay Dragon said on its website it has…

Hurricane Florence slowing down and tracking further south

Hurricane Florence is expected to cross the US East Coast sometime tomorrow. Earlier reports had the path of the hurricane hitting the central North Carolina coast before dumping heavy rains across North Carolina and parts of Virginia. The latest track, however, has it moving further south, with the most…

Infrastructure the biggest concern as Hurricane Florence targets Carolinas

Hurricane Florence, now a Category 4 hurricane, is on track to collide with the North Carolina coast sometime early Thursday morning. It's noteworthy to mention that as models are being updated, the storm appears to be steadily taking a more northerly path than initially predicted. However, growers from…

Environment Minister Ricardo Lozano:

‘El Niño weather phenomenon to hit Colombia in November’

The El Niño weather phenomenon that causes severe droughts will return to Colombia in November, that nation's Environment Minister said on Tuesday. He warned that agriculture, energy production and water provision could be affected by the predicted lack of rain. El Niño, a warming of ocean surface…

A cold and wet August augurs well for Cape fruit

A successful August in terms of rainfall and cold accumulation has Cape fruit producers in high spirits for the season ahead. “We’re very excited, it looks very promising,” says De Kock Hamman, technical advisor at Ceres Fruit Growers. Two heavy snowfalls were exactly what fruit farmers were hoping for.…


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