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Global warming could disrupt key crops

While climate change is threatening crop yields worldwide, little is known about how global warming will influence normal plant physiology. Higher temperatures have been shown to accelerate seed dispersal in crop species belonging to the cabbage and mustard plant family, limiting reproductive success......

Much rain and humidity

Gisborne region, New Zealand: growers remain optimistic

New Zealand farmers and grape growers have watched the weather forecasts more closely in the past week and there has been some concern with 7 days out of the next 10 forecast to have more high daytime temperatures and moist, humid air.With the start of the main grape harvest only a few weeks away now, grape.....

Extent of damage still unclear; late cultivar plums and Abate Fetel pears primarily affected

Localised wind and hail damage over southwestern Cape

On Monday evening a heavy downpour of around 30mm fell within the space of 10 minutes in the Tulbagh area of the Western Cape. The deluge of rain was accompanied by very strong winds which blew fruit off trees. It is reported that primarily Abate Fetel pears and late cultivar plums were affected.Damage is,.....

Average number of frost days per year in Europe

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Benguet province, Luzon

Despite frost in Northern Philippines, no rise in vegetable prices

Cabbage, carrots, potatoes and other crops in the Paoay and Atok municipalities of Benguet province are currently covered with frost. However, the prices of the local vegetables remain the same. Vegetable traders said this is the first time that vegetable frost is seen affecting their plants at this time of.....

Mean annual rainfall in Australia

New Zealand needs more water storage in a changing climate

January 2018 was the hottest month ever recorded in New Zealand. Then, 2017 had been a year where shortages and surpluses of water created major problems; severe flooding occurred in a number of areas over the autumn and winter, followed by droughts in the spring and summer.“Many areas went for several weeks.....

Rainfall far below average in some citrus and subtropical fruit production areas

Northeastern South Africa experiences very dry summer

The drought in the Western Cape and parts of the Eastern Cape is well-publicised, but towards the north-east of the country – important for citrus and subtropical fruit production as well as vegetables – farmers are becoming very worried. This is summer rainfall area and normal rainfall was expected this.....

Canada: Prince Edward Island hopes for more consistent temperatures

With cold weather across P.E.I. - following recent milder temperatures - there are Island farmers who are concerned about how changing temperatures will affect their crops. Frank McCardle, who grows cash crops at his farm in Middleton, said: "If this pattern continues, it's hard on the crops that have to.....

' U.S. drought monitor'

Drought across the US mapped out

Droughts are worsening across the West: 73% of 11 western states are now abnormally dry or in drought, up from 60% a week ago.Click here for a larger image.

Southern California: drought has returned

The latest report from the U.S. Drought Monitor shows that large swaths of Southern California have drifted back into moderate drought conditions. This is especially disheartening in the wake of the heavy rains we saw between October 2016 and March 2017. California averaged 78 cm’s of precipitation during that.....

Farming association donates seven to ten million cubic metres, destined only for urban use

Water offer to temporarily relieve Cape Town’s stress

Incredibly, there is one area in the Western Cape, close to Cape Town, that is not experiencing the drought to the same debilitating degree. The Overberg region, comprising towns like Grabouw, Hermanus and Swellendam is coming to the aid of Cape Town.The Groenland Water User Association (GWUA) in the Overberg.....

Arizona's warm winter speeding up crop production

Spring has arrived early in Arizona. Either that, or perhaps winter never happened. This is what growers have observed in recent weeks as unseasonably warm temperatures persist over the state. As a result, many crops are in high production as sunshine and warm temperatures invigorate plant growth.A number of.....

Papua New Guinea: Supplies of fresh goods dropping due to bad weather

In Papua New Guinea, the supply of fresh foods to city markets has slowed down considerably due to the inclement weather. Consumers over the weekend could witness that there was little variety. The National Capital District receives most of its farm produce from the Central Province and Highlands region, but.....

Javelin watermelon can be an asset when bad weather hits Australia

Last year’s unexpected Queensland downpours could have ruined melon grower Andrew Martens. … if it hadn’t been for the ‘Javelin’ breed of watermelon.For Martens, co-owner of Marto Farms, a year's average rainfall falling on his watermelon crop within two months was unexpected. Unfortunately for the Bundaberg.....

New Zealand:

Drought classification extends to Southland and Otago

30 January 2018Minister for Agriculture and Rural Communities Damien O’Connor today announced that the medium-scale adverse event classification for the drought in parts of the country would be extended to the whole of Southland plus Otago’s Queenstown Lakes, Central Otago and Clutha districts.The.....

Is renewable energy good for your business?

Many companies in the fresh produce industry are considering whether investing into renewable energy is a good business decision. The fact is that there are an array of options available to consider. The most well-known are the ones that relate to power generation, such as solar and wind power. However, there.....

Serious drought

Predicted heavy rains are failing to materialize in Israel

After drier-than-usual conditions over the beginning of the rainy season from October to December, Israel has received less than half of the yearly average of 11,635 cubic millimeters.Consequently, the national water sector has reached dangerous levels. This becomes very clear at the Sea of Galilee level,.....


Long-term warming trend continued in 2017

Earth’s global surface temperatures in 2017 ranked as the second warmest since 1880, according to an analysis by NASA.Continuing the planet's long-term warming trend, globally averaged temperatures in 2017 were 1.62 degrees Fahrenheit (0.90 degrees Celsius) warmer than the 1951 to 1980 mean, according to.....