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Climate change to reduce Himachal apple production - geoengineering methods are not fail safe
Experts say that climate change could reduce apple production in India by affecting the winter chill period necessary for the plants. According to a study, they fear that even…Repeal of the classification of drought as a national disaster doesn't sit well with Agri SA
"This announcement boggles the mind"
Agri SA has noted the Government Notice published by Dr Mmaphaka Tau (Deputy Director-General) of the National Disaster Management Centre on 16 July 2020. This notice repeals…
Stonefruit growers in the Klein-Karoo received very little rain
Cape of Storms: wind damage and widespread snowfall
The multiple frontal system over the Cape has resulted in an increase of 7.4% across all of the Western Cape's dams; the important Theewaterskloof Dam stands at 72.3%. The storms were accompanied by gale winds which in the Southern Cape were reportedly as loud as a freight train. There are reports of…
Gamtoos citrus growers back at 80% water restriction
Citrus growers in the Eastern Cape’s Gamtoos Valley are back at a 20% water use quota, after a year of functioning at 85% of their allocation. Like two years ago, an 80% restriction is back in place because of the very low dam level of the Kouga Dam (pictured right). Good rains in January and February…
The cold snap in Uruguay hasn't affected the price of agricultural products
The intense cold in Uruguay hasn't had an impact on the country's horticultural field production so far. The crops have been developing well and maintain their quality. Thus,…
Extreme winter weather disrupts harbour operations
Two "mammoth" cold fronts coming from the South Pole are bearing down on the southern tip of Africa, one making landfall yesterday and another low pressure system not far behind, bringing gale force winds, heavy rain as well as snow as deep inland as the Northern Cape and the mountains of Lesotho. Right:…
Argentinian citrus export can't match competition from South Africa
Despite an increased demand for citrus, particularly oranges during the COVID-19 pandemic, Argentina's sweet citrus exports will remain significantly lower than in previous years. This is due to the difficult economic conditions domestically, as a result of which Argentina is less able to compete on the…
David Manero, of Cerima Cherries:
"The rain has caused us to lose almost half of our cherry production"
The cherry season is almost coming to a close in Spain, as most of the fruit has already been harvested, with the exception of that from plantations located at higher altitudes in mountainous areas. In general, it has been a year with low volumes due to the impact of climatic adversities, especially…
Bad weather affects productions all over Italy
The past weekend was characterized by hail and strong winds in various parts of Italy. As meteorologist Maycol Checchinato reports, "when temperatures remain high for a few days, the arrival of cool air generates instability, storms and whirlwinds." One of the hailstones weighed by Venzi "Cherries and…
Preparing for FL peak hurricane season: "Laying down the farm"
With over 10,000 acres of trees, citrus, and other crops stretching across Florida, IMG Enterprises, the holding company of two agribusinesses, Cherrylake and IMG Citrus, is well versed in mother nature’s unpredictable challenges. The company’s major landmarks span from Groveland to Vero Beach, and with…
Floods devastate Serbian crops and raspberry orchards
Due to climate change, the weather is becoming volatile and unpredictable. In South-Eastern as well as in Central Europe, winters are now miilder, spring weather is dry and turbulent, and summers are scorching hot. Plant cultivation is vulnerable, and droughts as well as floods can cause serious damages.…Minister of Agriculture Antonio Walker:
"Chile needed to break these 10-15 years of drought"
As it stands, Chile has a rain surplus compared to the previous year, but there is still a rain deficit compared to normal years. This means it is essential to continue…
South Australian growers to receive netting funding
The South Australian Government has announced $14.6 million worth of funding to the state’s horticulture industry as part of Netting Infrastructure Grants, helping protect growers from damaging weather and pests. The grants are designed to fund the purchase and installation of new netting or the…
France: Hail destroys fields in Pfaffenhoffen
In the Bas-Rhin, several vegetable producers have been severely affected by the stormy weather on June 26th. In Pfaffenhoffen, north of Strasbourg, the 20 minutes of hail had…Donald Erickson
Last week's warm weather and rain helped Michigan crops
Last week, warm weather and scattered rain helped the crops grown in Michigan’s. The state’s corn and soybeans are near full emergence with 53% of corn in good condition and…
Industry offers Covid-19 compliance training to ensure continuity
Covid-19: 'terrible timing' for South African citrus industry
South Africa hasn't yet reached the expected peak of Covid-19 infections but it's rapidly approaching: the rate of infections has quadrupled since the start of the month, reports Eyewitness News. Gauteng is expecting to overtake the Western Cape as the epicentre of the pandemic - just when schools are…
Around 12,000 hectares may have been affected
Devastating hailstorm in Lleida and Huesca will change the course of the stone fruit campaign
A heavy storm accompanied by hail –in some places, the size of a walnut– has hit Lleida and Huesca and affected the stone fruit producing areas of Torres de Segre, Soses, Alcarràs, Aitona, Binaced, Binefar, Ximenells, Alcolea de Cinca, Bellver de Cinca and Fraga. According to Asaja Lleida, damage to plantations…
Spain: Massive hail storm could have huge impact on European stone fruit season
A massive hail storm on Tuesday evening in Lleida and Huesca hit the stone fruit growing areas of Torres de Segre, Soses, Alcarras, Aitona, Binaced, Binefar, Ximenells, Alcolea de Cinca, Bellver de Cinca and Fraga. This occurred just right before the harvest was due to take place. According to the grower…Spain
Cherry productions in Aragon affected by rainfall
Rain has had a big impact on this year's Aragonese cherry campaign. Both in the Valdejalón and Calatayud regions, cracking problems have affected almost 100% of the early…
Rains in Spain prevent record citrus production
The frequent rainfall this spring has taken its toll on the citrus production in the Spanish Region of Valencia. After the forecast that the harvest could reach record figures in the 2020-2021 campaign (given the exuberant flowering registered this season), the impact of the rains will not only prevent…30,000 hectares have already been damaged in Aragon
"This year, hailstorms are causing a lot of damage in Spain"
Although the Spanish region of Aragon is usually hit by storms, this year, hail is wreaking havoc. In total, some 30,000 hectares of fruit, vines and cereals have already been…
Philippe Jean, Cofruid’Oc Méditerranée:
“The apple campaign has not been easy”
The Languedoc company Cofruid’Oc Méditerranée has ended its apple season. Philippe Jean, sales manager of the company, explains that the campaign has not been easy. “We had a whole series of weather conditions that affected the production. Strikes in France and the coronavirus did not help matters…Harm Valckx, Coöperatie European Blueberry Growers:
"Frost means at least 30-40% fewer Dutch blueberries"
The Dutch blueberry season is set to start in less than two weeks. "Most growers in the south of the Netherlands will harvest in week 26," says the Coöperatie European…
Ramón Pascual, of Summerfruit: "Habrá más escasez de fruta de hueso en junio y julio"
"Good cherry prices do not compensate for the large volumes lost"
Rains, frosts and hail in most of the cherry-producing areas of Spain, from El Jerte to Alicante, Tarragona and Lleida, among others, as well as in Italy and France, have caused a notable shortage of fruit in the European markets. "The campaign has been very challenging so far, since we hardly have any production,"…
"If the weather in Europe is good, it remains to be seen whether there will be enough melons until August"
The impact of rainfall and hail in Murcia will take a toll on the melon supply
The rains persist in Murcia, whose fruit and vegetable sector is having one of those seasons with the most setbacks caused by meteorological adversities. The hail recorded on Monday afternoon in the growing areas of Torre Pacheco, El Jimenado and Los Martines del Puerto, Fuente Álamo, El Algar, Sucina…
Mexico's rambutan production affected by tropical storms
The heavy rains of the past few days in the region of Soconusco, in the state of Chiapas, have caused irreversible damage to the rambutan harvest in the municipalities of Metapa, Frontera Hidalgo, Suchiate, Tuxtla Chico, and Cacahoatan, among others. According to the producers, the fruit was mainly…
Hail in Alicante hits Vinalopó grape production
As reported recently by sources of the Young Agricultural Producers Association (Asaja) of Alicante, the severe hail storm recorded on Monday, June 8 in the Alicante region of Medio Vinalopó has taken a toll on table grape crops in this area. The hail, which fell mostly in the municipalities of Aspe,…
Port Elizabeth container terminal also windbound
Intense weather closes Cape Town harbour
Cape Town Harbour was windbound since very early this morning as an intense cold front makes landfall, drenching the peninsula in rain. The Port Elizabeth Container Terminal is also windbound, but the Multi-Purpose Terminal is working and conventional ships can load. Wind speeds attained 70km/h (44…
Hail in Spanish region of Aragon causes great losses
"Fruit will suffer considerable damage"
Hail storms have again hit the Spanish region of Aragon at a time when the fruit production for the spring / summer season is more sensitive. The latest hailstorm was recorded on Wednesday afternoon and affected part of the Comarca de los Monegros and the Cinco Villas. "This week has been difficult for…