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Argentina: Tucuman's lemon campaign is complicated

The province of Tucumán, located in northern Argentina, is the leading producer of lemons in the world with a harvest of more than 1,500,000 tons, which accounts for 20% of the world's production, according to data from the Institute of Productive Development (IDEP). However, due to the bad weather…

Fields already flooded and waterlogged

Met office forecast more rain for Lincolnshire

Heavy rain caused serious flooding in Lincolnshire after two months worth of rain fell in two days. The worst affected ares in Wainsfleet where around 600 people have been evacuated from their homes. One vegetable producer close by said they have been lucky and only 10% of the potato crop and 5% of the…

Arrigoni: Protective solutions against hail

Hail is one of the worst atmospheric precipitations for fruit growers, due to its often devastating effects. It can destroy entire crops and render plants totally unproductive, even several years later. In the past few seasons, storms accompanied by hail have become a regular summer occurrence. Arrigoni,…

Severe hail causes damage in fruit production region Borgloon, Belgium

NFO reports that on Monday 10 June around 5 PM, the heavy weather that had been forecast caused massive damages around Borgloon, Belgium. The thunderstorm accompanied by hail in particular means apples will now only be good for industry when they’re harvested. The hail went straight through the skins.…

The rains and the winds have devastated the harvest

Dominican Republic: Damage to plantain and cassava plantations in El Cibao

The recent heavy rain and gusts of wind registered in El Cibao have affected plantain and cassava plantations in the region. According to data provided by the Northcentral…

Tackling the rising temperatures and water shortages will require new investments

Climate change: the biggest challenge for the Spanish citrus sector

Global warming is already taking a toll on some of Castellon's most important economic sectors, including citrus growing. The changes in the region's climatic conditions will make it necessary to invest in ways to avoid the loss of productivity of some citrus fruit varieties. The rising temperatures or…

Edypro and Tecnova anticipate the challenges of the future for agriculture

Study on new tomato production techniques to deal with climate change

Anticipating the challenges that the agricultural sector will have to face worldwide as a result of climate change, the Tecnova Foundation's Experimental Center, working in partnership with Edypro and Tecnova, has launched a project at European level for the development of new tomato production…

Fyffes announces support for new sulfur regulations

Fyffes has announced its support for new global regulations that will limit the sulfur content in all marine fuels to 0.5 percent beginning January 1, 2020. Since the company’s inception in 1888, Fyffes said it has been committed to bringing the world high quality products, while striving to maintain the…

Hailstorms cause a lot of damage in Salento

The weekend of June 1st-2nd was rather a difficult one for many producers in Salento. Heavy rain and violent hailstorms hit the Monteroni, Galatina, Sternatia, Poggiardo, Surano, Ruffano, Parabita, Matino and Guagnano municipalities, causing serious damage to watermelon, melon, tomato, zucchini and…

Swedish growers and agriculturalists fear new dry spell

The Swedish Agricultural Federation (LRF) is warning growers about the consequences of a second warm, dry summer. In a normal year around three percent of the Swedish…

The quality has been affected by the lack of water

Mexico: Drought in Oaxaca impedes the export of bananas to US

The drought in the Mexican state of Oaxaca has affected the production of bananas, decreasing their quality to the point that they are not suitable for export to the United…

The most affected crops are onions, potatoes and grapes

Exceptional drought in the Canary Islands

The exceptional drought that is ravaging the Canary Islands has taken a toll on most agricultural crops in the region, ruining onion, potato and grape productions. The optimum…

Ontario: May rain and temperatures a challenge with a precedent

With Ontario rain and chilly temperatures hitting the news headlines over record flooding and the like, growers are saying that while the upcoming season could have its challenges, it may prove manageable. “The temperatures and the rain have been issues for everyone,” says Steve Bamford with Mississauga,…

"Chinese loquat production declines due to winter rains"

The loquat production season is quite short, just as the production season of many other agricultural products. Despite the short production season, loquats enjoy great popularity in the Chinese market. Rao Zhenghua from Suzhou City Wuzhong District Dongshan Longzhen Agricultural Products, stated that…

Bad weather damages orchards on the Sele plain

A report drafted by Confagricoltura Salerno explains that the incessant rain of the past few days and the heavy hailstorms compromised 80% of the peach, plum, nectarine and apricot open-field orchards in the south of the Sele plain towards Eboli. Giovanni Mellone, an entrepreneur from the Sele plain,…

Paraguay: Continuous rain wreaks havoc on crops in Misiones

The continuous rains in the Department of Misiones have severely affected agricultural crops. According to data from the Department of Agrarian Extension (DEAG), 450 to 500 millimeters of rainfall were recorded between May 5 and the 10. The most affected districts have been San Ignacio, Santa Maria, and…

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Low temperatures impacting the consumption of summer fruit varieties

In recent weeks, a series of anomalous climatic conditions have occurred in Italy which, in addition to causing considerable damage to crops, have reduced the normal consumption of typically summer fruit. "We started to market the first early apricots about ten days ago, but a number of factors have…

Bad weather damages production of Bigarreau cherries in Italy

The intense and anomalous wave of bad weather that hit the entire peninsula in May with rain, hail, wind and temperatures below the seasonal average has dealt a severe blow to the cherry industry. The 2019 marketing year began in both the North and the South about 7-10 days late on the normal harvest…

The harvest will be 30% lower

Colombia: Plantain production in Quindio hit by rain and cold

The 30% decrease in plantain production due to the rains and low temperatures in the department of Quindio has led to a rise in prices. According to Asohofrucol, there are…

Event: VBT, LAVA and KDT

Photo report: Climate change and its influence on the fruit and vegetable production

On Tuesday, 28 May, VBT, LAVA and KDT organised the event ‘Climate change and its influence on the fruit and vegetable production’ in Salons De Waerboom in Groot-Bijgaarden, Belgium. Writer and teacher of history and climate Pieter Boussemaere was invited to talk about climate change and its…

A difficult spring for fruits and vegetables

Late frost, a half-mast sun, cooling northeast winds ... the unfavourable weather conditions for agriculture followed one another this spring. "We had seven complicated nights…

USDA GAIN Report

India: Predicted near normal monsoon delayed by five days

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) forecasts a near normal Southwest Monsoon for 2019 suggesting that June to September rainfall is likely to be 96 percent of the Long…

Stone fruit has been the most affected

Spanish Region of Murcia hit once again by hail

The fields of Murcia have again been hit by storms and hail this spring, and this has caused serious damage to crops in the municipalities of Cieza, Blanca and Jumilla. Manuel Martínez, vice-president of the agricultural cooperatives federation Fecoam, said that "up to one hundred percent of the harvest…

Grapes: Slight delay expected in some regions of Italy

Table grape producers are preparing for the next 2019 wine campaign. Although the vines have been affected by rain and hail, the plants, except for a few severely affected exceptions, continued their vegetative process. The president of ARPTRA (the Apulian Regional Association of Agricultural Researchers…

D'Arrigo California receives climate change advocate award

The Monterey Bay Air Resources District has honored D’Arrigo California with the Climate Change Advocate Award. John D’Arrigo, President/CEO and Chairman of the Board of D’Arrigo California received the award and stated, “D’Arrigo California will be celebrating its family of companies 100th anniversary…

How to save plants and vegetation from extreme weather conditions in Italy

Five days after the violent hailstorm that hit some areas of Basilicata and Apulia on the afternoon of Sunday, May 12, 2019, we returned to the fields to better understand the situation in Metapontum. "The damage is really serious on a good percentage of the harvest. In Matera, the areas most affected…

Rains will put pressure on California strawberry supplies

After the heavy rains that fell over the past week in California, strawberry growers have now turned to cleaning up their fields and removing damaged strawberries. Both Salinas and Santa Maria were hit by rains, with the greater amount falling in the Salinas-Watsonville growing district. Despite growers…

Effects of drought in the Czech Republic are noticeable

Vegetables significantly more expensive

Vegetable prices in the Czech Republic are currently around 30 percent higher than last year, according to the statistics office. Czech vegetable producers blame the long…

Growers count their losses

California cherry crop devastated by storms

Cherry growers in California are counting the cost as storms over the past week destroyed a significant amount of the current cherry crop. While official estimates are still several days or even weeks away, the general feeling is that a few million boxes worth of cherries have been lost, with the worst…

More rain in the coming days

Italy: Damage count starts in Apulia - cherries and watermelons knocked out

Rainstorms, water bombs and hailstorms: there was no break in the bad weather hitting fields in the Italian region of Apulia. And the forecasts for the coming days still talk about rain. "At the moment the situation is not the best, says Gianluca Giorgio, a young agricultural entrepreneur. Rain continues…

Much of the harvest has been lost due to the lack of water

Devastating drought in the state of Yucatan, Mexico

The drought in the Mexican state of Yucatan has put the agrarian sector up against the ropes. More than three thousand producers have been unable to save their crops due to…

California storm activity having minimal effect on other fruits

Yesterday, FreshPlaza reported that storm activity this week and into early next week will likely cause major problems for California's cherry season. The next few days will determine what level of impact the storms will have on cherry growers. For other fruits that are in season in California right now,…

Can northern Australia's mango industry handle a changing climate?

Northern Australia is synonymous with mangoes; for decades now, the Kensington Pride variety has dominated orchards and supermarket shelves. Some farmers are already starting to change mango varieties to deal with warming climate. At the National Mango Conference in Darwin this week, growers have been…

Storms and heavy rain rolling through overnight and into next week

California's cherry season in jeopardy

Cherry growers in California's Central Valley are very concerned for their crops as forecast storms and cooler weather began impacting the region overnight. A winter weather advisory was issued by the National Weather Service declaring that areas above 5000ft could expect up to 2ft of snow. But it's the…

After the drought, tornadoes

Dominican Republic: A tornado damages Montecristi's banana plantations

Banana plantations in the Dominican province of Montecristi were affected by the passage of a tornado accompanied by hail on Sunday afternoon. The weather event also affected various homes and the health center of the town of Guayubin, where the much of the region was left without power. The damage in…

Italy: floods, hail and bad weather affect fruits and vegetables

After the strong hailstorm recorded on Sunday May 12 in the Italian regions Basilicata and Apulia, new 'water bombs' mixed with hail affected the same areas. The situation is worrying for stone fruit, watermelon and table grapes. It was a very wet awakening, Monday May 13, in the provinces of…

Colombia: 60% of plantain crops in Cordoba lost to the drought

The extreme drought in the Colombian province of Cordoba has had devastating effects on plantain crops, damaging 60% of the plantations. In fact, 15,000 hectares have been affected by the lack of water, compared to the 25,000 planted this year, according to sources in Cordoba's plantain productive chain.…

Switzerland: Frost hits crops

The cold has returned in recent days, hitting Western Europe. Night frosts have hit Switzerland. This had not happened at this time of year for about seventy years. In Geneva, the ground temperature…

22 million Euros

Estimated losses due to storms in the Extremadura

The losses caused by the storms and hail that took place in April and the first day of May in the province of Badajoz have been estimated at 22 million euro, though authorities still have to determine the real production of the affected plots after the harvest in specific cases. According to Agroseguro,…

Kenya: Must scale up climate-smart farming for food security

The long-term prospects of Kenya recovering from its frequent cycle of droughts are not looking promising. Delayed rains and rising temperatures have left more than a million…

More frost in various Polish regions

The center of Poland is yet again dealing with frost. Although the temperature varies per orchard, some have measured a temperature of -6 degrees Celsius. The frost has taken its toll on the fruits, leaving some apples and pears all black. The total damages have yet to be determined. For Polish apple…

Heavy rains cause lychee, longan, and pomelo trees in Guangdong to drop fruit

Guangdong has experienced continuous rainfall since April and the weather is beginning to affect agricultural production. The Guangdong Department of Agriculture and Rural…

Cold weather causes uncommon scenes in Italy and Poland

NFO reports that last weekend nights were uncommonly cold. Temperatures remained just above freezing in most places in the Netherlands, although some places also saw a little…

Danish fruit growers fear night frost's impact

Temperatures in Denmark dropped dramatically over the weekend. Danish fruit growers fear this will have a negative impact on the harvest later in the year. Bendt Olsen farms…

Hailstorms, snow and wind hit northern Italy

A unexpected cold front has brought snow and wind to northern Italy leading to a drop in temperatures and even hailstorms. Fabrizio Zadra, an apple producer from Val di Non (Trento), confirms that, on the night between Sunday 5th and Monday 6th May, the temperature dropped to almost 0.5°C. "We are…

Hail storms cause damage in the Spanish Region of Valencia

The hail storms recorded on April 29 and 30 in the Valencian counties of Ribera Alta and Utiel-Requena have hit between 10,000 and 15,000 hectares devoted to the production of kakis and citrus fruits, causing losses estimated at 2.2 million Euro, according to La Unió de Llauradors. The most affected…

The lack of rain can reduce the harvest

Mexico: Climate change affects citrus fruits

According to producers from the state of Tamaulipas, there will be a drop in citrus production, especially of oranges, in the next harvest due to climate change and the lack of rainfall in the region. Javier Ibarra Echartea, a spokesman for the Union of Citrus growers, said that global warming was…

Hailstorm destroys apple crops in Shimla

Intermittent rain and thunderstorms accompanied by hail and lightning lashed several parts of Himachal since last night while tribal areas received fresh snowfall in May…

Spain

Pears and apples from El Bierzo threatened by climate change

The Spanish county of El Bierzo closed the 2018 season with a recovery of its apple and pear productive potential, but now the sector is once again threatened by the weather. The temperature swings, with summer heat in February and winter-like rains and frosts in April, are putting the region's top…

Dry weather drives ‘water savvy’ farming

Below average rainfall is triggering UK farmers and growers to adopt water savvy techniques early in the year, to be prepared should another agricultural drought hit. The…

Cherries may also be affected

Spanish medlars and nectarines suffer cracking due to rains

In general terms, the rains recorded during the Easter holidays in the Region of Valencia have had a good impact on agriculture and livestock farming, although the excess…

Tornado hits the Ragusa area

Climate change causes weather events that are more or less sudden and violent. Of course agriculture is heavily affected, whether we are taking about greenhouse or open field crops. Above and below, the images provided by Angelo Iozzia On 14th April 2019, a tornado swept through Santa Croce Camerina (RG), where Angelo Iozzia's…

There will continue to be a deficit of precipitation

El Niño forecast for Chile

There is a 65% probability that the weak El Niño conditions will continue throughout the winter of the southern hemisphere and a 55% probability they'll persist in spring. The monthly forecast of the El Niño phenomenon, which is based on the report submitted by the Climate Prediction Center (CPC) and the International Research…

Sustainability report 2018 published

From 2030 BayWa AG intends to be climate-neutral throughout the Group

BayWa actively supports the aim of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees. The internationally acting trading and service…

Hailstorms hit Puglia

FreshPlaza talked to a few producers after the heavy hailstorms that hit Puglia on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th April 2019. Francesco D'Urso, a producer located in Crispiano (Taranto), says that "there was a heavy storm on Sunday afternoon which has caused a lot of damage in the vineyards." "Hail stones were as big as…

Stephen Mugo - CIMMYT:

‘Sub-Saharan African countries should scale up adoption of drought tolerant crops’

This Wednesday, a well-known Kenyan scientist stated said that sub-Saharan African countries should scale up adoption of drought tolerant crops, with the goal to contain food insecurity that has worsened against a backdrop of climate change. Stephen Mugo, African regional representative at the…

Frost could have major effect on apple season

Severe frost in Poland damages fruit

Freezing temperatures in Poland have resulted in damaged crops. Although the extent of the damage is still unknown, it is certain the Polish farmers will lose some of the produce. The frost has effected apples and all kinds of soft fruit. It will take a couple of months to fully understand the…

Strawberry plants to map European air pollution

There is a citizen science project called AIRbezen that has made its way into Europe. People in six different countries are going to map air pollution in their cities. They are also going to try a find a link between how dirty the air and how much green space there is. This will be done under the…

Almeria's agriculture consumes half as much water as the rest of Spain

Almeria is not only characterized by its semi-arid climate, but also by the efficiency in the use of a scarce and precious commodity such as water. In the latest edition of…

China: Sudden hailstorm hits banana production in Xishuangbanna

Mengla County in Xishuangbanna, Yunnan, suffered from a sudden hailstorm in the afternoon of April 8th, 2019. The hailstorm affected more than 53 hectares of banana…

Fruit crops are the most affected

2,200 hectares of crops damaged in Spanish region of Extremadura

The end of March and the beginning of April have been marked by various storms, which have so far damaged 2,192.99 hectares of crops in Extremadura. That is the provisional…

Grape growers welcome high temperatures

High California desert temperatures speed up lettuce transition to Salinas

Temperatures in the Coachella and Yuma areas peaked in the upper 90s early this week, serving as a reminder that summer is around the corner. High winds also accompanied the higher temperatures and were felt throughout California. No damage was reported from the windy conditions, but the high…

Frosts and hailstorms in recent days

Fruits and almonds most affected by the bad weather in Spain

The fruit and almond productions have been the most affected by the frosts and hailstorms recorded in recent days in practically the whole Iberian Peninsula, according to Agroseguro. The first estimates point to more than 12,200 hectares of crops being hit. The frosts have caused the most damages. More…

Apricot growers suffer losses in Spanish province of Albacete

The latest frosts have damaged most of the apricot production in Tobarra, as La Tribuna de Albacete has learned from several agrarian sources. To be precise, some three…

Limoneira raises the roof on solar energy

On April 9th, 2019, Limoneira Company announced the unveiling of the Company’s latest solar project. “Over two thousand Hanwha Q Peak solar modules have been installed on the…

Spain: Murcia estimates losses caused by frost at 14.7 million Euro

The crops of the Region of Murcia have suffered the consequences of the first spring frosts, after the minimum temperatures dropped as low as five degrees below zero between March 23 and 26, causing losses estimated at 14.7 million Euro. The most affected areas are those of the Altiplano, Alto…

China: Extreme weather damages fruit production in Shandong

The meteorological department had just finished warning of colder temperatures and frost on March 28th, when, at 13:45, hailstones suddenly rained down on Shouguang City in…


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