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Column claims 'Many ways for New Zealand crop growers to adapt to climate change'

New Zealand's summers are getting hotter but winters are not getting colder - the last summer was the hottest ever on record. Climate change affects many aspects of our life, including what we eat. It will influence what is available at the supermarket, when we get our food, where it comes from, and how…

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.…

Australian farmers:

'Drought policy reform should focus on preparing for drier climate'

The Australian agriculture sector is calling for an overhaul of the national drought policy to a plan that factors in a changing climate, as well as ways to help farmers plan…

But end of drought not in sight

Australia: Rain in New South Wales & Queensland

It poured on Saturday in parts of New South Wales and Queensland and more rain fell on Sunday. For some it was the first drops in more than a year, with all of NSW in drought and Queensland at 70 percent. Rainfall in NSW up until 9am on Sunday Prime Minister Scott Morrison will travel to drought-affected…

Australia: Substantial rain event forecast for this weekend

Although this month is on track to be the driest August since 1995, drought-ravaged towns across New south Wales can expect some welcome relief this weekend. As much as 40mm…

Venezuela hit by earthquake

The country was hit by a "historic megaquake", measuring a 7.3 magnitude. There were fears that it might cause small tsunami waves along the coast, near the epicentre. However, the US Pacific Tsunami Center cancelled an earlier warning. The tremors were felt all the way to Trinidad. The following tweet below shows, that it´s…

2018-2022 expected to be abnormally hot years

The worldwide heatwave this summer makes 2018 a particularly hot year. And the next few years will be similar, according to a study led by Florian Sévellec, a researcher at the Laboratory for Ocean Physics and Remote Sensing (University of Brest) and at the University of Southampton. Using a new method,…

Farmers in Southern Africa warned of extended dry spell this year

SADC farmers have been advised not to sell their food stocks harvested last season, as the region expects an extended dry spell this coming rainy season. This was contained in a statement made by the SADC’s Director for Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Domingos Gove during a media briefing on the…

British Columbia

Canada: More research into regional agricultural climate adaptation

The government of British Columbia is adding new strategies and taking research applications for farm-level projects to adapt the province’s regions to a changing climate. The…

Potatoes particularly scarce

Ireland: Effect of drought will be felt right through winter

The heat has somewhat subsided in Europe this last week but it is still incredibly dry, even Ireland which is famously cold and wet, is suffering from the drought conditions, it didn't rain at all in June and July and although August has seen some short showers in the north and west of the country the…

Waiting for rain, hopefully without thunder storms

Germany: Hail cannons prevent hail damage but still no rain

The prolonged heat and dryness caused gardens, meadows and fields to wither this year. The German Weather Service reports an all-time high precipitation deficit in Germany. Meteorologists see the cause in a blocking, high-pressure area, which has created a stable weather situation with warm and dry air…

AU: Drought stricken farmers get some help

A Queensland sweet potato growing business has donated a whopping 22 tonnes of produce to struggling farmers in New South Wales. Mortimers Farms, based in Bundaberg in the state’s southeast, made the touching gesture in recognition of the drought-affected farmers doing it tough down south. The rejected…

New South Wales now 100% in drought

The state of New South Wales (NSW) in Australia is now entirely in drought, officials have confirmed. New South Wales was officially listed as “100% in drought” on Wednesday,…

Sicily's farmers can now grow tropical fruit as climate warms

When Sicilian farmer Rosolini Palazzolo first started growing papayas 11 years ago, hardly any of his neighbours even knew what they were. Now, the southern Italian island…

Heavy rainfall in many provinces in China

According to Xinhuanet's report on Sunday, more heavy rainfall will hit Sichuan, Gansu, Shaanxi, Sichuan, Guangdong and Hainan provinces in the event of continuous rainfall…

Greatly reduced flowering on litchis and mangoes because of leaf damage

Lowveld hailstorm: “We’ve pretty much lost our Valencia export crop”

The unexpected winter hail storm that hit the Mpumalanga Lowveld in May has had a severe effect on Tomahawk Farming’s farms at Jeppe’s Reef, just north of the Swaziland…

Retailers asked to support growers during time of unprecedented challenges

As the UK enjoys one of the hottest summers for many years the challenges for the fruit and vegetable growers are becoming apparent. After a late start due to the bitterly cold and wet spring, temperatures soared during June and July and look set, for the moment at least, to continue into August. Jack…

Tropical storm alerts in Mexico

Two storms have formed in the Pacific Ocean and they are approaching the southwest coast of Mexico. Ileana and John have been classified as tropical storms by the National Meteorological Service (SMN). The most recent information published indicates that the Ileana storm is off the coast of Guerrero and that there is a…

Commission gives EU farmers ‘temporary relief’ amid extreme droughts

The European Commission decided to grant EU farmers more flexibility in implementing the green requirements in order to face alarming droughts across Europe, the executive said in an announcement. The move was criticised by Greenpeace, which said that by derogating from the CAP’s greening requirements…

Japan's hot weather damaging fresh produce

The record-breaking heatwave in Japan has begun to affect the farming industry. In Iwata City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Katsunori Hirano grows melons. This summer, he has to keep…

Supermarket agrees financial support for vegetable growers

SuperValu has agreed to put financial supports in place for a number of their existing growers of vegetable crops. Its decision comes in light of the negative impacts felt by the rural community as a result of the recent heatwave. The supermarket chain has said it will be supporting growers of: broccoli;…

Profel: Update on weather related crop shortages

On 11 July 2018 the European vegetable processing sector raised concerns about potential losses to crop quantity and quality as a result of the very hot summer and prolonged…


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