Climate

Chile’s fruit and berry exports could drop dramatically if it does not solve water problem

EastFruit reports that the Chilean fruit sector is facing a very difficult task - to urgently reduce water consumption without increasing the cost of producing fruit and…

Mexico: Veracruz loses 5,000 hectares of pineapples due to drought

The drought in the Mexican state of Veracruz, the leading pineapple producer in the country, has caused the loss of 5,000 hectares of fruit and a decrease in sizes, the leader…

Damage to greenhouses estimated at about 177 million dollars

Japan: Typhoon Faxai caused heavy damage to agriculture

So far, typhoon Faxai has caused more than 290 million dollars in damage to agriculture, forestry and fisheries industries, mainly in eastern Japan. The amount is expected to rise. Farm ministry officials say the total covers damage reported as of Thursday morning in Chiba, Ibaraki and six other…

Agroclimatic Monitor Report

Chile is beginning to experience an extreme drought situation

According to the latest Agroclimatic Monitor report on Meteorological Drought, prepared by the Emergency and Agricultural Risk Management Section of the Ministry of Agriculture, in 2019 Chile is facing an extreme drought situation with a water deficit above 70% from Curico to the North. According to the…

Himachal Pradesh - India

Climate change threatens Himachal's fruit economy

Climate change is threatening the Rs 35 bln (€445 mln) fruit economy of Himachal Pradesh. Apple growers say their business, which constitutes 89 percent of the total fruit…

Arizona farmers feel the heat of climate change

Fall is a busy time for Knorr Farms, a family operation that grows peppers, corn, cotton, and other crops on 3,000 acres in Pinal County, one of Arizona’s top growing regions.…

"The start of the fall campaign will be delayed and volumes will be limited"

Skyrocketing demand for lettuce in Spanish market

The demand for lettuce in the Spanish market has been skyrocketing since last week, when heavy storms flooded and destroyed part of the harvest, reducing the marketing activity of some producing companies for a few days. Prices have suddenly risen and it remains to be seen how the trend will develop in the…

Storms damage 30% of table grape harvest in Spanish region of Vinalopo

According to the Valencian Association of Agricultural Producers (AVA-Asaja), 30% of the area planted with grapes in the region of Vinalopó has been affected by the recent storms. According to the first estimates, which will have to be confirmed in the near future, some 4,000 hectares with a value that…

Storm losses in Spanish province of Alicante made worse by lack of insurance

In the broadcast of the radio program "Agropopular" of September 14, a balance was made of the damages caused by the severe storms recently recorded in the province of Alicante. Ramón Espinosa, secretary of ASAJA Alicante, José Vicente Andreu, president of ASAJA Orihuela, and Carlos Cuenca, editor of…

Great saving in irrigation costs

Valencian citrus growers benefit from the rains

Although in other regions the rainfall has dealt hard blows to the agricultural sector, the storms that have been recorded in recent days in the province of Valencia have also…

FEPEX adopts plan of exceptional measures for those affected by the storms in Spain

FEPEX has launched a series of measures to facilitate the recovery of its associates, who have suffered severe damages due to the floods caused by storms in southeastern Spain. The damages, which are being evaluated and which affect both fruit and vegetable crops and facilities, could have serious social…

High-value Nova Scotia apple crops at risk post-Dorian

Nova Scotia apple growers are still gauging the damage of Hurricane Dorian following the tail end of the storm touching down in the region more than a week ago. “It’s just kind of a mess right now,” says Brian Boates, an organic pear and apple grower with Boates Farm in Cambridge, N.S. “It really did a…

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration:

Northern hemisphere officially endured hottest summer on record

According to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration data released Monday, the Northern Hemisphere just officially had its hottest summer on record since 1880. NOAA found the average global surface temperature taken by thousands of thermometers, buoys and other sensors on land and sea tied with…

Video: Greenhouse hit by a tropical storm

It was a serious tropical storm that hit the Culiacán region in Mexico at the end of August. With severe rain and wind the retractable greenhouse was attacked quite heavily - but it held up. "The reinforced polyethylene roof coverings can't blow off since they are suspended below stainless steel wires", the…

Mariska de Zoete of Fruca: "Our homes and cars are completely flooded"

Clearing the rubble in Spain after the severe weather; leafy vegetable shortages a sure thing in the winter"

Last week, the Southeastern parts of Spain were pummeled by unusually heavy rain and floods. The severe weather claimed at least six lives. An estimated 3,500 people have lost their homes due to the floods. A Dutch national is also missing. The 66-year-old man fell victim to the weather in the Spanish…

Bolivia: Losses of up to 90% in banana production due to extreme winds

The strong winds recorded on Tuesday, September 10, in the Estaño Palmito region of the municipality of Chimore, in the Bolivian department of Cochabamba, damaged 200 hectares of banana production from 40 producers. According to the deputy mayor of the 10th district of Chimore, Gilberto Calani, the winds…

Risks of both drought and flooding

Chile: Ongoing water crisis

From too much water to not enough, this critical resource presents unique challenges in the Metropolitan Region (MR) of Chile. The MR is the hub of the country’s bustling capital and nearly half of the Chilean population. A recent report by NRDC highlights water management solutions that address floods and droughts, two issues…

New weather stations to protect Riverland food producers

State-of-the-art localised automatic weather stations will be installed , which will help inform food producers’ decision making throughout South Australia's Riverland and…

Severe weather in Spain has disastrous local effects

The images of the severe weather that has been battering the east coast of Spain and the Balearic islands do not lie. Streets have been transformed into raging rivers, and countless cars have been washed away. There have been rescues and damage to buildings. Many drainage systems have overflowed, and the…

Heavy weather to hit Alicante, Valencia en Murcia

A small low-pressure area at a high altitude results in abundant rainfall, and therefore a weather alarm is in place for Alicante, Valencia and Murcia. Today and tomorrow storms, heavy rains and high winds are expected to hit the regions.The fresh fruit and vegetable industry is bracing themselves for…

Agriculture Minister Ezzedine Abu Stait:

“Climate change impacts Egyptian food security”

On Monday, Egyptian Minister for Agriculture and Land Reclamation, Ezzedine Abu Stait, warned workshop attendees of the effects of climate change for Egypt. Climate change…

Yucatan's citrus harvest will decrease by 30% due to a lack of rainfall

The delay of the rainy season could reduce Yucatan's sweet orange, grapefruit, and mandarin harvest by more than 30% compared to 2018, obtaining a harvest of 200,000 tons of…

Nova Scotia apple crop feels Dorian’s effects

As the tail end of Hurricane Dorian touched down in the form of high winds and rain in Nova Scotia, apple growers in the region are left assessing the damage. Annapolis Valley took a hit“We’re seeing a lot of apples blown down to the ground. It’s a bit location based. Some farms are okay because they’re…

Spain: Producers from Malaga are waiting for the rains

Producers from Malaga are hopeful that the first wet fronts that announce storms will put an end to the drought that has affected the reservoirs in the province. All regions and producers of all crops are hopeful it will rain in September. The only producers that don't want it to rain are grape…

Less than 1 percent of PEI potato crop harvested as Dorian blows through

For about 10 days, Hurricane Dorian has been making headlines in the news and it continues to cause damage. It lost its hurricane-force winds and was considered a post-tropical cyclone when it made landfall in Nova Scotia Saturday night. In addition to Nova Scotia, the storm made significant impact on…

UK farming could suffer "16% financial loss" due to climate change

A recent report released by the European Environment Agency, the EU's green watchdog, claims that climate change could cut the value of European agriculture by 16 percent by…

Produce growers on alert

Hurricane Dorian makes landfall in North Carolina

Category 1 Hurricane Dorian made landfall over Cape Hatteras, North Carolina at 8:35 am EST this morning, bringing with it heavy rain and winds of over 90 mph. Storm surges appear to be the biggest threat to homes and lives after it already decimated The Bahamas earlier this week and caused the deaths of…

Stone fruit production in Río Negro, Argentina, affected by frost

The last frosts in the Alto Valley of Rio Negro, which had extremely cold temperatures of almost -10º C for 14 hours, could have damaged much of the region's fruit production,…

Hail storms in Spanish province of Alicante cause 3 million Euro worth of damage

According to the company Agroseguro, the damages caused by the hail storms recorded in the last week of August in Alicante, which mainly hit some 900 hectares of citrus crops,…

Hurricane Dorian spares Florida, aims for Carolinas

After wreaking widespread destruction and killing at least seven people in the Bahamas, Hurricane Dorian has passed by Florida, causing only minimal physical damage. The storm has strengthened again into a Category 3 hurricane, and winds are in excess of 100 miles per hour near its core. However, the…

Argentine stone fruits expected to suffer serious losses due to late frosts

The frosts recorded on Tuesday, September 3, in the country have caused serious damage to crops, especially to almond, peach, and plum trees. That day, the frost lasted for…

The normalization of temperatures in Peru will favor mango and grape crops

The recovery of normal temperature values in the region, with a maximum of 28 to 29º C and a minimum of 16 to 17º C, will benefit mango and grape production as both fruits…

Climate change could seriously compromise global banana production by 2050

The scientific journal Nature has published a study by the British University of Exeter that warns about the negative consequences that the climate crisis could have on world banana production, due to the effect that rising temperatures and changing rainfall have on tropical crops. The research, led by…

Increasingly bizarre weather making covers a necessity

The violent storms that affected most of the Adriatic coast in early July are still etched in our minds. Considering the increasing frequency of these phenomena due to climate change, facing them with whatever technology makes available is essential.  Francesco Giotta, owner of Azienda Agricola Masseria Cantone in…

Florida growers prepare for Hurricane Dorian

Hurricane Dorian strengthened into a Category 5 system and blasted the Bahamas Monday as it approached Florida. Winds in excess of 165 mph cut power, overturned cars, and downed trees, with reports of severe damage to many of the buildings on the island of Grand Bahama. Tragically, at least one person -…

Latest storms in Spain damage summer fruits, grapes and peppers

As reported by Agroseguro, the crops most affected by the recent rain and hail storms have been summer fruits, grapes and peppers, although it is still too early to know the actual extent of the damage. The most affected autonomous regions are Castile-La Mancha and Madrid. Agroseguro has highlighted the…

Hurricane Dorian spares Puerto Rico as it heads for Florida

Puerto Rico has escaped damage as Hurricane Dorian passed over the island in the early hours of Thursday morning. The feared strong winds and damaging rainfall did not eventuate, with only heavy rain in some parts recorded. Dorian has now moved north, with the latest path having it skirting around the…

South African dam levels

“Consumers should still save water”

South Africa’s Department of Water and Sanitation is still advising water users to heed the government’s call to save water. This is because of the dry winter spell that has deprived the country of even a drop of rain in the past six months. "However, Western Cape is having a bumper season with heavy…

Storm affects more than 10,000 ha in Castilla-La Mancha

The first estimates of the damage generated by the storm in Castilla-La Mancha, carried out by Asaja, show losses in agricultural production of between 10,000 and 12,000 hectares. The technical secretary general of the agricultural organization, Arturo Serrano, has indicated that the province most…

Overproduction of poor-quality mangoes in Mexico due to climate change

The increase in the temperature of the land caused by climate change has modified the country's cultivation chain. The mango's production processes have accelerated, leading…

EU-Mercosur agreement is at risk due to fires in the Amazon

The inefficiency of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro in defending the Amazon, and the lack of a firm commitment to defend the environment evidenced in the management of the…

Mexico drought taking its toll on lime supplies

Lime supplies are being threatened by a devastating drought in the growing regions in Mexico. The persistent dryness means that growers are unable to harvest viable fruit, with a large portion of the crop being discarded. "Mexico is experiencing a drought that is lasting longer than most people have…

Growers have barely recovered from Hurricane Maria two years ago

Tropical storm Dorian heading towards Puerto Rico

Tropical storm Dorian passed very near to Barbados on Monday night and is expected to move into the eastern Caribbean Sea by Tuesday. Most of Puerto Rico is expected to be impacted by Dorian on Wednesday. Initially, the storm was expected to strengthen into a hurricane on its way to Puerto Rico, but…

Farming losses from Tropical Storm Bailu hit NT$87.90 million

Storm damages Taiwanese bananas, sugar apples, lemons, papaya and ginger

Taiwan's agricultural losses from the damage wrought by Tropical Storm Bailu over the weekend were estimated at NT$87.90 million (US$2.79 million) as of Monday but are likely to go up as more damage is reported. According to the Council of Agriculture, Taitung County was the hardest hit of any locality…

Northern Italy: 14,500 kiwi plants devastated by bad weather in Brescia area

After a few days of heavy weather that involved some areas in Northern Italy (the Casalese area in the Lower Piedmont, and the Brescia area for example), the damage count has…

Exports to US dropping

Extreme drought in Central Chile

Central Chile is suffering its worst drought in 60 years. This includes the capital of Santiago, home to nearly half the country’s population of 18 million people, as well as the nearby region of Valparaiso. Experts predict climate change, over-exploitation by agriculture and other factors mean the shortage of water will be…

Australian South Coast & Southern Highlands: July fails to deliver much needed rain

Recent data from the NSW Department of Primary Industries shows that dry weather has left crops critically dependent on future rainfall. In elevated areas, the cold conditions…

Cape Town's dams hit the 80% mark, but only 64.5% for Western Cape

Dams supplying the City of Cape Town are 80.6% full, according to the municipality on Monday, but dams further afield are not filling up at the same pace. The news comes…

Experts on short and long-term effects of climate change

Impact of weather conditions on fruit production in Poland

This year's weather conditions will have a significant impact on fruit harvests. Spring frosts and prolonged drought have significantly reduced yields on many plantations,…

Strawberry plants to measure air quality in Spanish city of Zaragoza

In Zaragoza, the Ibercivis Foundation has launched a fairly unique initiative to create a map of the city's air quality and measure its pollution parameters. Thousands of strawberry plants have become perfect biometric elements that will measure the amount of heavy metals in suspension and, therefore,…

Professor claims everything we know about carbon footprint is wrong

We’re always told “buying local” is best for the environment. However, a new book suggests food miles are a poor indicator of a product’s total carbon footprint, and could…

Typhoon "Lekima" lands near Shanghai, lower temperatures could increase banana consumption

The price of bananas in Chinese production areas has recently been quite stable. The overall price differences between production areas are not that great. The price showed a…

Drop in temperatures could affect grape production in Piura, Peru

There is alarm in the grape-producing region of Piura as temperatures are expected to drop, which could affect the crops that are currently in their curdling and growth processes. Abner Acuña Alberca, the director of Statistics of the Regional Directorate of Agriculture (DRA), has said that, despite…

Italy hit by extreme weather ... again

NFO reports that Italy has been struck by bad weather once again this season. At the start of this week the fruit cultivation in the regions Bolzano and Merano were hit. 2019 will go down in history as a record year as far as weather conditions are concerned. It is possible that the EU harvest estimate figures…

Water shortage

Chile declares agricultural emergency in Valparaiso

Yesterday, the Minister of Agriculture, Antonio Walker, announced that the government had decided to declare an agricultural emergency in the Region of Valparaiso due to the…

Heat in Spain leads to massive increase in irrigation and pest control costs

The Valencian Association of Agricultural Producers (AVA-ASAJA) reports that the most recent heat wave, which has caused temperatures to rise above 40 degrees Celsius in many parts of the Region of Valencia, has been taking a negative toll on crop and livestock management. Although it is still early to…

Column Frits van der Meulen, KCB:

“Warm weather ruins quality”

The recent warm weather has left its marks in some places, according to Frits van der Meulen in his KCB column. However, that’s not the case everywhere, because some regions had cooler weather. The…

Chile: Drought emergency in Coquimbo

The Chilean Minister of Agriculture, Antonio Walker, has shown the government's concern about the exceptional drought situation that is taking place in the region of Coquimbo and that is affecting a large number of farmers and small producers in the region. The agricultural authority, along with the…

Vegetable seed and fruit production badly affected, irrigation dams running dry

Severe Klein-Karoo drought in its fourth year

The water situation looks better in the Boland and Cape Town but alas, that doesn’t tell the full story of the Western Cape: the Klein-Karoo has barely had rain or snow this winter and the dam levels are shocking: two important irrigation dams, the Kammanassie Dam and the Stompdrift Dam are 8% and 2%…

In some regions, the water supplies are almost consumed

Spain: Dry weather has taken a toll on the productions of all Andalusian provinces

As reported by COAG Andalucía, the dry weather registered in 2019 in Andalusia has had a massive impact on many parts of the region and has had consequences on the fruit and…

NFO study trip visits Betrieb Manner

"Wind turbines saved 100% of our apples during the night frost"

"We have 30 hectares of apples, 3.5 hectares of cherries and 2 hectares of pears. Until 2006 we were connected to Landgard. When I took over the company, I chose to move forward as a free egrower and at the moment we grow top fruit for the firm Krings and soft fruit for Frutania. We do the sorting and packaging…

Eighty hectares of watermelon damaged by hail in Taranto

"100% of my crops were damaged, they are worth nothing. I usually produce different grades so I can stand out abroad as well, but nothing is left," reports Tommaso Lella, owner of a company in Ginosa (Taranto) hit by the storm on 10th July 2019. We are talking about 80 hectares of watermelons (seedless,…

Argentina: Intense frost in Entre Ríos damages citrus production

The Argentine province of Entre Rios was affected by an unusual frost this weekend when the temperature dropped to -5º C. The intense cold affected a large part of the…

Good volumes expected for PGI peaches from Leonforte

"Market demand repays us for our efforts, as the growing of Pesca di Leonforte IGP is laborious and patient work. It is a niche product much appreciated by consumers, so much so that it can be defined the queen of late peaches. There is more produce available than in 2018 and fruits have an excellent…

Hailstorms and strong winds in Emilia Romagna and Marche

The bad weather on 9th July 2019 greatly affected Emilia Romagna and, in particular, a hailstorm lasting only slightly over a minute affected both the countryside and hills in the Cesena area.  Gea nectarine damaged by the hail  As explained by producer Gianni Biguzzi "the event didn't last long but stones were…

Hailstorm hits the Foggia area

A violent hailstorm hit the Foggia province on Thursday 4th July 2019 destroying various crops in the Ascoli Satriano, Candela, Sant'Agata, Deliceto and Cerignola municipalities. Confagricoltura Foggia reports that the damage is considerable especially when it comes to fruit, but that it will take a few days to make an assessment.  Local producer Angelo Ippolito explains that "apricots,…

Dry weather

Spain: Damaged agricultural acreage could reach one million hectares

According to data on the agricultural acreage affected by the dry weather, provided by Agroseguros, it is estimated that the total figure will rise to more than 980,000 hectares. To date, 643,000 hectares have been damaged, with Castile-Leon and Castile-La Mancha as the most affected autonomous regions,…

The campaign of Ferrovia cherries is over

"The harvesting of Ferrovia cherries is officially over. It has been a weird campaign as the production-sales-consumption ratio wasn't regular. The Ferrovia variety started off almost one week late due to the unfavorable weather. We initially thought it would be an opportunity for all those producers who…

Italy: Demand for watermelons increases abroad: prices above all expectations

During the last week of June, Italy was hit by a heat blast due to an African anticyclone. The exceptional heat wave has also affected several European countries hit by peaks of over 40°C. For example, in Gallargues le Montueux (France) 45.9°C were recorded, whereas 39.6°C were recorded in Bernburg…

"We haven't suffered any frosts this season, so we're doing very well"

The president of the Citrus Committee said that in Chile, citrus orchards are located in protected areas and they are subject to constant monitoring, making it possible to act…

Cherry harvest in Spanish Calderechas Valley more than halved due to frosts

The cherry production in the Calderechas Valley has been reduced as a result of the severe frosts of the month of April. "The losses in some places amount to around 90% of the…

Mexico: Drought in San Luis del Potosi increases fruit and vegetable prices

The lack of rain in Mexico has led to an increase in horticultural prices. According to Jose Luis Olivares Robles, the president of the Board of Trustees of San Luis Potosi's…

Fruit burned by extreme heat in Spanish region of Aragon

Fruit crops in the Spanish region of Aragon, mainly plums, apples, apricots and pears, have been devastated by the high temperatures recorded in eastern Aragon in recent days. In the area of ​​Caspe, more than half of the Reina plum production has burned just a week after the harvest started, so up to…

Theo Kampschoer (Kampexport): "More apricot eater in the Netherlands too"

Hail hits Rhône valley: 30-40% fewer apricots

Hail storms in the Rhône area in France have caused significant damage to apricots. This is according to Theo Kampschoer of Kampexport. This company has a branch in La Grande Motte, France. "We had a lot of bad weather about ten days ago. I heard of a walnut farmer in the area who had thousands of his…

Southern Taiwan: Tornado damages 120 hectares of fruit plantations

This Monday, two townships in southern Taiwan suffered a total of NT$20 million (US$640,000)-worth in agricultural losses as more than 120 hectares of fruit plantations were damaged by a tornado. The tornado touched down at two villages in Linbian and Nanzhou townships in Pingtung County in the…


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