Prof Stephanie Midgley – Western Cape Department of Agriculture & Prof Wiehann Steyn, Hortgro

Sobering climate change study requires clear-eyed planning for diverse futures

The occurrence of erratic weather over past years, like the 2019 spring heat wave in the Western Cape that led to poor plum fruit set, is increasing in frequency. Early last week an unseasonal early winter hailstorm damaged citrus orchards and dented cars in parts of the summer rainfall Mpumalanga…

Initial losses could amount to nearly 2 million euro

The latest storms affected some 3,000 hectares of crops in the provinces of Valencia and Castellon

According to La Unio de Llauradors' first emergency assessment, yesterday's storms affected some 3,000 hectares of crops in the provinces of Valencia and Castellon, and initial losses could amount to nearly 2 million euro. The storms arrived unexpectedly. The AEMET did not foresee any type of…

France: Intermarché and Netto support apricot producers who suffered from the frost

Faced with the consequences of the frost episode that severely affected French farms last April, producers are organizing themselves to cope. According to the PDO Peaches and Apricots of France, the apricot orchards were the most affected by the frost. Some producers in the Rhône-Alpes region have…

Climate change might be threatening the future of apples

Fire blight is a bacterial pathogen that spreads easily during blooming season. It has the potential to kill not just individual apple trees, but entire orchards. It is of…

World Environment Day

"Sharing the berry goodness with the vulnerable whilst fighting food waste"

World Environment Day is celebrated worldwide this week, on the 5th of June, to encourage awareness and action for the protection of the environment. BerryWorld is constantly…

North Carolina could see 20-30 percent loss in blueberries following hail

Following the hailstorms that hit North Carolina late last week just as the state’s blueberry season got underway, what does this mean for the blueberry season? “The storm that came through almost targeted the blueberry region of North Carolina. As a hailstorm goes, it was widespread. I know of at least…

Rains in Murcia are beneficial, though there will be a stop in the fruit harvest

The forecasts of the State Meteorological Agency (Aemet), which warned that a cold air mass could give way to an Isolated Depression at High Levels (DANA) in the southern…

Anantnag’s apple belt hit hard

Jammu and Kashmir suffer heavy losses to orchards due to hailstorm

Northern Jammu and Kashmir were lashed by a devastating hailstorm, causing heavy damage to standing crops and fruit trees. Fruit growers in the valley have expressed concern…

Anneliese Vollweiler (Anevo Trading) on Serbian berry and stone fruit crops

"Rains have set everything back"

With the harvest of the first outdoor strawberries last week, the Serbian berry season has now officially begun. Over the years, the Balkan republic has become a major supplier of fresh and frozen berry and stone fruits. But the rain and hail are also causing problems for growers in the southeastern European country this year,…

Will it be economically viable to produce fruits in Spain throughout the 21st century?

Researchers from the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM) and the University of Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM) have studied the impact that the predicted future reduction in cold…

Climate change is impacting Delaware agriculture

Delaware Public Media’s Sophia Schmidt recently interviewed Emmalea Ernest and David Owens from the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension on the effects of climate…

Drought could cause California growers to plow under fields

As California’s drought becomes increasingly worse, growers in the state will have to decide between how much they can grow with their water sources or potentially plowing under their fields. The current water conservation effects will have a particularly significant effect on lettuce and leafy greens in…

Flood recovery journey continues for New South Wales’ veg growers

Earlier this year, parts of New South Wales and south-east Queensland experienced the worst flooding seen in decades. Vegetable growers – particularly those in Greater Sydney – were greatly affected, losing millions of dollars in crops and infrastructure. VegNET – New South Wales Regional Development…

Spring storm damages Dutch cherry tree canopies

The Netherlands experienced strong winds last week. "I've never seen such a heavy storm during the cherry growing period," says Jan Hoekstra, owner of Fruitbedrijf Hoekstra in that country. It caused significant damage. "We wrapped the cherries in plastic sheeting to protect them. But that spring storm destroyed at…

Central Valley © Ahmad Marzuky

Farmers destroy fields due to drought, no water deliveries

Farmers across the Central Valley are facing a difficult decision over the next couple of weeks and months-- to keep or destroy their crops, as the drought situation appears…

NASA

NASA

Mexico experiencing one of the most widespread and intense droughts in decades

NASA published a statement in which it explains the drought situation in Mexico and ensures that the country is experiencing one of the most widespread and intense in decades. According to the space agency, 85% of the territory is facing these conditions, which has affected the drinking water resources…

Climate change impacts on the banana industry on the Coffs Coast

Renowned for having the Big Banana tourist attraction, the Coffs Coast region has long been associated with supplying top-quality bananas to the area and markets beyond.…

Stone fruit in Valencia damaged by fourth hail storm in a month

Valencian agricultural producers are enduring a crazy spring, with a record number of rainy days and four hail storms over this past month. A few days ago, a new hail storm hit stone fruits in the region of La Ribera Alta, whose harvest is at an advanced stage, according to a first estimate of the…

frosts put stone fruits against the ropes

This was the coldest April in the Mediterranean in the last 30 years

The spring weather has significantly affected the European summer fruit campaign reducing the production in northern Spain, France, and Italy. According to the National…

NASA

'Drought conditions in the west may be worse than the 2001 drought'

This year is shaping up to be a difficult one for farmers in southern Oregon. Producers at the California line have been told that they will only have access to a tiny percentage of water with the Klamath River Basin nearly dried up.  Conditions continue to deteriorate in western Oregon after a very dry April.…

Francois Hugo – Pomona Fruit

SA lemon growers “dodged a bullet” in early Russian market

Pomona Fruit is a specialist in the Russian retail sector, loading stonefruit, topfruit, persimmons, butternuts and, of course, all categories of citrus. Photos supplied by Pomona Fruit “The soft citrus market will soon be at a crossroads with big volumes on the way. The first soft citrus from South…

CropAid

"We applied it to apricots and sweet cherries, and at -2 C they did not suffer any damage.”

In the last few weeks Europe has been hit hard by low temperatures and night frosts, which can cause large crop losses and many sleepless nights for growers. This is also a problem in many other areas around the world. UK company CropAid Int. Ltd. was established in 2005 and produces a product which…

J. Aurelio García, manager of Explum: "We expect a campaign with more stable prices at the start"

Significant drop expected in early plum production

The drop in temperatures at the beginning of April caused an intense blossom drop in plum trees in Extremadura, which will result in the harvest volumes being reduced to various extents, depending on the producing area. The early season production, from mid-June onwards, will likely be significantly…

University of Sheffield

University of Sheffield research to counter effects of droughts

Pod Yield Project: UK scientists develop climate-resilient bean crop

Scientists in the UK have developed beans that may be able to use up to 40 percent less water. This would make them a more reliable food crop during droughts. The project was executed in response to ongoing concerns in Latin America, where beans and other legumes provide high-quality nutrition in the…

South Africa

Drought crisis intensifies in Northern and Eastern Cape

The continuing drought in the Northern and Eastern Cape is escalating into a humanitarian crisis. The western part of the Eastern Cape and adjacent parts of the Northern Cape…

New apricot, nectarine, flat nectarine and Paraguayo varieties

"Climate change affecting Europe requires the breeding of new adapted varieties"

The Region of Murcia's stone fruit campaign has already started with small volumes, quality fruit and higher Brix levels than those of the first batches of last year, when there were more abundant rains. Prospects are therefore good, given also the interest observed in the market. "Fruit buyers and…

The Cooperativa Sant Bernat de Carlet estimates a 20% decrease in this campaign

Rain and excess humidity take their toll on stone fruit in the Valencian Community

The excess humidity caused by 9 days of consecutive rains is putting Valencia's summer fruit campaign on the ropes. The weather has led to curdling problems in apricots and…

Drought reduces Taiwan lychee production to 10% in worst case

Prolonged drought in Taiwan has affected the harvest in various areas. In Qishan, Dashu and other areas in Kaohsiung, Yuhebao lychees have trouble fruiting due to continuous…

According to the technician Pietro Cimatti

Frost damage caused even fewer kiwis in Italy than in 2020

"After visiting all the main fruit-growing areas in Italy, I can say that in 2021 there will be even fewer kiwis in Italy than in 2020," said Pietro Cimatti, fruit-growing expert. The situation in Emilia-Romagna is slightly better than last year, when the frost had impacted very heavily. This year the…

Ontario growers positive following recent temperature drop

Ontario growers are breathing a sigh of relief following last week’s drop in temperatures and wet snow. On apples, Cathy McKay, the Ontario Apple Growers chair and an apple grower and operator of a pick-your-own orchard near Port Perry, ON says it surveyed its growers about the effects of the weather in…

Update on low temperatures in the Midwest

Weather fluctuations’ affect on apple growers still to be determined

While it’s still early in their seasons, two U.S. apple-growing regions have been contending with significant temperature shifts. Michigan recently saw two cold mornings with temperatures getting down to about 26 degrees Fahrenheit for about three hours. “The bud development on apples is still pretty…

Eric Godard Durand, Agence Laparra:

“The market will fill the gap, but the problem lies with our producers”

Regarding the recent frost in France, Eric Godard Durand, president of Agence Laparra in Rungis, claims that “everyone will be affected in France and there will be severe consequences this year.” “We all have producers around us who have been impacted by the frost, especially the stone fruit in the Rhône…

An overview of the situation with Patrizio Neri

Jingold cannot estimate the frost damage to kiwifruit

According to Patrizio Neri, president of Jingold, "the 2021 frost was undemocratic. At a distance of a few hundred meters, there can be companies with 50% or 60% of losses and others with no or almost no problems. And this has happened everywhere, from Veneto to Calabria." "A supplier from the south has…

MedFEL Tuesdays - May 4th, 2021

Frost wave in European orchards: will we have summer fruit and vegetables?

In several regions of France, as well as in the north of Italy and Spain, plantations have been touched by the recent cold spell, with consequences on the harvests to come. A…

Nearly € 4 million in losses, according to initial estimates

The storms on April 20 affected some 2,000 hectares of crops in Alicante and Valencia

According to La Unió de Llauradors' first assessment of yesterday's hailstorms, the weather event damaged some 2,000 hectares of crops in some regions of Alicante and Valencia. Losses are estimated at around 4 million euro, not including damages to infrastructure. Yesterday storms affected five highly defined…

Eta and Iota take a toll on Honduran agricultural exports

Data on Honduran agricultural exports in 2021 show the impact that tropical storms Eta and Iota (which hit the country in November last year) had on the productive activity.…

France: cherry trees devastated by frost

The cherry harvest in the Gard department should have been starting in the coming days, but the recent frost has destroyed nearly 80% of the harvest. Guillaume Galoppini,…

An overview of the situation in Emilia Romagna, Italy

Strong losses for the apricot sector, but not in all areas

The Italian hilly area of Romagna has saved a good part of the apricot production, while in the plain damages are extremely high. The northernmost plain area, the provinces of Ravenna and Bologna (Imola), recorded the greatest losses. While southwards, in Forlì and Cesena, things went better. Photos taken…

Matthew McIntyre - McIntyre Fruit

“In a 15-day period we spent 14 nights out protecting the crops from frost”

The last couple weeks has seen extensive frost damage across crops in Europe, this cold weather was also felt further north in Scotland. Matthew McIntyre grows soft fruit and cherries in Perthshire, the farm boasts some of the latest cherry production in the Northern Hemisphere. “In a 15-day period we spent…

Corsica: Kiwis also affected by frost

In Corsica, the kiwi crops have not been spared by the cold. For Pascal Fazi, who has been growing nearly 5 hectares of kiwis since 2015, the frost has caused significant…

Multiple US states concerned about April weather

The unpredictable April weather is worrying fruit growers in many US states. Fruit farmers in central Illinois are worried the Tuesday night freeze might destroy their crops.…

France: Solidarity fund of 1 billion euros for farmers affected by frost

On Saturday, April 17th, the French prime minister announced the creation of an “exceptional solidarity fund” of 1 billion euros [1.20 billion USD] for the farmers affected by…

The first Italian cherries are on the market

Despite the fact that the weather is far from spring-like, the first cherries from Apulia (specifically from the areas of Barletta, Andria, and Trani) are already being marketed. "At the beginning of week 15, the first cherries were harvested and by now we are already planning another harvest. These are…

STM BIO:

“What is certain is that there will be severe consequences”

STM BIO specializes in the production and marketing of organic products from the Roussillon area. The French company based in Perpignan has also suffered from the recent frost that hit France last week. “We will have all the results in the coming days but what is certain is that there will be severe…

France: up to 95% of losses for apple growers in the Cher

In Saint-Palais, near Bourges, the orchards of Corinne Laroche have also suffered from the cold. The use of straw fires to protect the apple, pear and blueberry crops proved…

Croatian fruit growers fear damages due to morning frosts

Yesterday, Croatian Fruit Growers' Association president Branimir Markota said that the real extent of damage due to the unusually cold weather - with snow and early morning…

Australia: Climate change means smaller strawberries, higher costs

Strawberries appear to be the latest victims of a changing climate. Also, as smaller strawberries take longer to pick, production costs are rising along with temperatures.…

Frost in France: 500,000 euros lost for the cherry orchards of Fougerolles

Last week’s frost has devastated the cherry trees of Fougerolles (Haute-Saône). Producer Philippe Gallaire has gone around his orchards and declared that “everything is…

Agroseguro received hail claims every day between April 7 and August 30

Hail was the most damaging weather phenomenon for Spain's countryside in 2020

Hailstorms were the weather phenomenon that caused the most damages to Spanish agriculture in 2020. The damages it caused forced Agroseguro to pay producers compensation amounting to 227.4 million euro. Last year's hailstorms started earlier than in other years. The insurance company received the first…

Theo Kampschoer, Kampexport:

“French producers have lost almost their entire harvest”

With the frost episodes from last week, French producers have suffered heavy losses. Theo Kampschoer of Kampexport looks back on this complicated week. Heavy lossesIn the upper Rhône valley near Tain-l’Hermitage, in Ardèche and in the region of Mercurol, temperatures went down to -4°C, causing…

Sleepless nights for Belgian kiwi berry growers

Belgian fruit growers and wine farms are struggling. Kiwi berry farmers are no expectation. "It keeps frosting at night and in the mornings. Unlike stone and top fruit, it's not kiwi berry blossoms that need protection. These plants are vulnerable to frost much earlier in their growth cycle. Dormant…

Almond groves affected by frost all over Italy

Almond groves all over the peninsula have been heavily affected by the late frost of the past few days. "It is too painful to visit the groves. I do not know if there will be anything left to harvest, as fruits are dropping every day. The external part of the fruits has changed color while the inside,…

Frost: Shortage of French fruit on the shelves to be expected

The frost episodes earlier this month have devastated the crops. The Minister of Agriculture, Julien Denormandie, declared on Monday that it was “probably the greatest…

According to initial estimates, 5,000 hectares in Plana Baixa were affected

Castellon's citrus crops were affected by last weekend's hailstorm

The hail that fell last Sunday in various towns in Plana Baixa has affected different crops in the Castellon region, especially citrus crops. According to La Unio de Llauradors, a first emergency assessment recorded significant damage, especially in Artana, la Vilavella, Nules, Moncofa, and la Vall d'Uixo.…

Weather extremes cause problems for fruit and vegetable growers

Serious frost damage to stone fruit and green asparagus

Frost, hail and strong temperature fluctuations characterize the current weather situation in Germany. The fluctuating weather is also having an extreme impact on agriculture.…

Alexandre Cancel, Cancel Fruits:

“It is too early to estimate the losses, we will know more at the end of the week”

The French kiwi season is ending this week for Cancel Fruits. The company will soon begin with kiwis from Italy and then from Chile. In terms of prices, this is a record year for kiwis. “We’ve never seen this before! The season went very well since we finished earlier than usual. The launch was difficult…

Frost in France: Professionals assess the damage

The cold spell that has hit France, along with the violent frost episodes, has caused considerable damage, from the north to the Rhône valley and the southwest. Many regions…

Frost hits southern Italy

Out-of-season frost has caused great damage not only in northern Italy, but also in the rest of the country. The umpteenth harsh drop in temperatures between April 8th and 9th affected Basilicata, Campania, Apulia and Calabria as well, damaging stone fruit, kiwifruits and vegetables. Basilicata"We knew a cold front was coming,…

Stefano Lugli

The time has come to only think about protected fruit orchards

After the frost of mid-March 2021, the frost of the past week caused serious damage to the fruit-growing potential of northern Italy. Stefano Lugli, experimenter at the University of Modena and Reggio and breeder of some of the most renowned cherry varieties, illustrates his point of view.   "I believe the time…

France: Fruit sector impacted by frost

Producers have been worried since the frost episodes that hit France last week. With significant, maybe even total losses for some sectors, consumers are likely to see fruit…

French apricot prices soar due to frost

In the French region of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, which produces half of France’s apricots, 95% of the apricots have been destroyed by frost, especially in the departments of…

Cold snap is disastrous for Slovenian fruit crops

The cold snap that hit Slovenia last week caused damage to all types of fruit orchards, as well as disrupting the development of vineyards, olive groves and legumes. The…

Salling Group

Netto tests climate labeling to help consumers make conscious choices

Netto will be the first retail chain in Denmark to help customers make more climate-conscious choices through climate labeling of food. This is being done in a pilot in selected stores, where signage and labeling of the products leads customers to the less climate-damaging alternatives. The goal is to…

France: Cherry producers face the cold

Cherry producers are worried about losses, after the record cold temperatures on Monday night in the region of Orléans. With temperatures down to -5.4°, losses could reach…

The scenario in the north of Italy

From Piedmont to Tuscany, heavy losses of stone fruit and damages to kiwi and pome fruits

The low temperatures in the north of Italy are causing increasing concern. Below is a partial statement of damage, for each region. PiedmontIn the Monregalese area, in the province of Cuneo, the fruit-growing area par excellence, temperatures have dropped to -3 °, with conspicuous frosts together with…

The frost in Spain in the third weekend of March caused damage worth 55 million euro

According to the claims reports received by Agroseguros, the abrupt drop in temperatures and frosts recorded during the weekend of March 19 to 21 in Spain affected nearly…

Temperatures well below freezing

Alarm for apple and cherry trees in Trentino

In the Italian Val di Non valley, in Trentino, temperatures were below zero on the morning of 7 April 2021, marking -7 °C in the coldest areas and -4 °C in the middle valley. The drop in temperature was confirmed by the local producers Fabrizio Zadra and Matteo Dal Piaz. Photo by Andrea Bonn "There is some…

IFG celebrates 20th anniversary

IFG, table grape innovator known for breeding and licensing, celebrates two decades of advancing the premium fruit-breeding industry. The company that has widely been recognized for inventing the…


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