Climate

February snow and storms in Israel: Over 6.25 million euros in damages

Although the snow that covered Jerusalem and the Golan Heights mid-February was a sight to behold, the storm that went along with it brought great harm to Israel’s…

The Zaragoza method has proven to be successful

Almond trees in full bloom 10 days earlier compared to 2020

A spectacular and suggestive scenario of almond tree blossoming is currently happening in Apulia. "The absence of a real winter, followed by temperatures above the seasonal average recorded in the last week, has only accelerated the vegetative awakening of the plants by about 10 days compared to 2020.…

Mark Greenberg of Capespan North America:

“The grape losses in Chile are far greater than originally expected”

A month after the rains hit Chile, the estimates of the overall losses have become a bit clearer. Unfortunately, the news isn’t positive. Mark Greenberg of Capespan North America shares: “It seems that the assessment of the tonnage lost is substantially worse than initially thought. I think that in the…

Onions and cabbage crops may recover from the Texas freeze

As assessments of Texas crops continue more than a week after the state was plunged into an unusual deep freeze causing significant state-wide damage, it’s becoming clear that some crops have fared better than others following the weather event. “The only thing I know that survived was onions, cabbage…

Thanks to the spring weather strawberries increased by more than 20% in just a few days

The African anticyclone is warming up the entire Italian peninsula, and it will continue until next weekend, especially in central and southern regions. "We need such a mild climate on a more consistent basis, as it is precisely the factor that has allowed us to seasonally adjust our strawberry…

No substantial crop losses

Cold weather will likely cause a delayed peak for Louisiana strawberry season

Texas wasn’t the only state hit hard by the winter weather this month. Louisiana, while it didn’t see the snowstorms Texas did, saw temperatures well below freezing. For the strawberry growers who are concentrated around the southeastern part of the state, this has caused some losses, but since the…

Ernst Slabbekoorn, frostfans.eu, the Netherlands

"Mobile night frost machine is quiet and protects crops well against night frost”

In recent years, between March and May, many European growers have had to increasingly deal with night frost. Since last year, Swift International has been distributing mobile night frost control machines. These are developed and manufactured in New Zealand. As a distributor, Swift International works…

Texas logistics stabilize, crop damage still being assessed

While the weather in Texas is currently back up to comfortable levels, the cold snap of last week has caused many challenges for the produce industry. Not only are growers heavily affected by the cold which has been damaging their crops, but the logistics in the region were also impacted. Logistics: delays…

Bogdány Petrol Ltd.

Protecting the orchards with anti-frost candles

Bogdány Petrol is producing special, paraffin based wax and oil products for the pharmaceutical, cosmetic, wood, metal, cable, printing and fertilizer industries world-wide. The company has a wide ranging experience and capability to customize solutions in addition to their wide range of  petroleum jelly,…

Freshfel Europe kick-starts collective pan-European environmental footprint initiative

Yesterday afternoon Freshfel Europe reviewed the latest state of play of environmental footprint initiatives in the fresh produce industry with its members and decided to move…

Unseasonal rains in India cause huge losses to grape farmers

India dealt with unseasonal rains last Thursday, causing some significant losses for the grape farmers in this region. According to one exporter these unseasonal rains are the result of environmental impacts on a global scale and he suggests we change our habits quickly in favor of sustainability.…

For the provinces of San Felipe and Los Andes in the region of Valparaiso

Chile declares an agricultural emergency

Maria Emilia Undurraga, the Minister of Agriculture, declared an agricultural emergency for the provinces of Los Andes and San Felipe as a way to support the farmers affected by the last weather front that affected the country's south-central area. “After evaluating the damage caused by the weather in…

Extreme winter weather in Texas

“It’s the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre for Texas produce”

Throughout the past few days, the cold weather hitting Texas has been unprecedented. The temperatures have been record-breaking along with hazardous amounts of ice and snow. Because this weather is so unusual for the state, there have been many challenges. Deborah Dijkhuizen of Delina Fresh, who have a…

"The season won't be as early as last year"

In Spain, the stone fruit trees are blooming

Parts of Europe are currently bitterly cold. But, in Spain, farmers are already preparing for the summer fruit season. Paul van Groningen of Greenfood Iberica shares these photos. They are of the peach and nectarine trees in his grower's orchards, already in bloom. "The season should be normal. It began really…

Chilean fruit and vegetable import and export values figures to the Netherlands

Last year's drought caused lag in Chilean avocado exports

The Chilean public research institute, ODEPA, recently released figures. These show that agricultural products trade between the Netherlands and Chile follow global trends. Dutch agro-goods exports rose slightly by 3,7%. The import of Chilean agro-products, however, declined sharply, by -17.5%. The trade…

Red alert at several retail stores:

"Current weather conditions are presenting us with challenges in some regions"

The chaos caused by the snow that has covered parts of Germany has also left its mark on the food trade. However, the effects were kept within narrow limits, as several retail…

Trade at Rungis slowed down by bad weather

“80% of our clients did not come because of the snow”

Snow has fallen this week in several French departments, especially in the west, north and east of the country. 33 departments have been placed on alert for cold, snow and ice on Wednesday at 10am. The night deliveries went well, but we are now more concerned about the trucks that need to go back and…

Harris Farm Markets get down and dirty to combat climate change

Australian fresh food supply is in jeopardy, with continual soil degradation from traditional farming practices reducing the number of harvests left from homegrown soil to…

Uganda

Lemon and ginger prices lowering in Kampala

There is a significant drop in demand and price for lemons and ginger across Kampala markets. This stems from a decline in the use of lemons and ginger by residents to boost…

Export prices to China won't be affected

Chilean fruit production facing 50% losses

The recent severe weather in central Chile has directly impacted the fruit growing industry, bringing severe losses to peaches, grapes, and blueberries. According to the…

Christian Corssen of CFSM on Chile’s rains:

“Thompson green seedless is hit the hardest with 50-100% losses”

About a week after the heavy rains in Chile, the extent of the damage on the grape industry has become a bit clearer – though a revised estimate for the season will be released in the coming week, which should further clarify the total losses. So far, it is believed that the later varieties might have…

Second ASOEX Report: "There will be a lower production and export volume"

The effects of the intense rains in the Chilean fruit sector are getting worse

The intense rains registered in the central and southern areas of the country, which in some cases included hail, have had serious consequences on seasonal fruit crops, such as blueberries, table grapes, and stone fruit trees. Based on information from the technical teams deployed to the different…

California growers more than welcome the rain

“It’s half a year’s rain in three days.” So says James Shanley of Shanley Farms in Morro Bay, CA of the rain and storms that California saw in the latter half of last week. “All of it is very welcome. The recharge this represents is phenomenal,” adds Shanley. “When you get a rain like this, the root…

"Sustainability and obtaining net zero is our responsibility and now our reality"

SiCar Farms has added more than 3,600 solar panels to their packing houses based in Colima, Michoacán and Veracruz, Mexico. SiCar Farms understands that across the board energy costs are on the rise and renewable energy sources are empowering a clean energy revolution. For the past couple of years, SiCar…

"Rain pays for the damage"

Predictions of South Africa's la Niña season are borne out by the strong rains of the past week. For the early avocado growers of Levubu it could mean a delay to the highly-anticipated start of the avocado season; for Tzaneen's avocado growers whose harvest is about a month away, it is great timing. A wet season is always to be…

PMA virtual town hall

Environmental and climate priorities of the new administration

This week’s PMA Virtual Town Hall focused on the environmental and climate priorities of the Biden administration, and how the produce industry could be affected by this. This week’s panel featured Dan Sun, Co-Founder of EcoQuest, an organization that focuses on sustainability in the agricultural sector,…

California growers watchful of imminent rain and snow

As a series of storms including rain and snow move through California, growers and shippers are watching weather developments with a close eye. “The further north in California you are, the more the forecast storm activity will affect growers. Heavy rains are forecast for northern and central California…

Early avocados and lemons now need sunshine

Localised flooding but minimal wind damage from tropical storm Eloise

Tropical cyclone Eloise made landfall in Beira, Mozambique on Friday with category 1 strength; the area is till recovering from Cyclone Idai. In South Africa, where the weather service had issued red alerts, fruit growers across the northeastern parts of the country are relieved that tropical storm…

Dutch supermarkets about Spain's winter weather

"Delayed growth means weeks more of possible disrupted vegetable supplies"

Extreme weather conditions hit Spain in recent weeks. This severely affected the vegetable market. On Tuesday, the Belgian supermarkets responded that, currently, it's challenging to get enough vegetables. But the situation also caused problems for Dutch supermarkets.  DetailresultDekaMarkt and Dirk are Detailresult…

Spanish water reservoirs at 50% of their capacity after the latest rains and ahead of the thaw

Spanish water reservoirs are at 50% of their total capacity after the rains recorded over the last week and ahead of the thaw and new rains that the State Meteorological…

Belgian supermarkets chains talk about Spanish supply issues

"It's challenging to get enough vegetables on the shelves"

Extreme winter weather, with unprecedentedly low temperatures, hit Spain recently. Some areas of the country got a lot of snow too. This disrupted various types of vegetables' production. It's also caused market shortages of certain products. Empty shelves at Albert Heijn in the Netherlands  Colruyt, a Belgian…

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Frost expected for the next few days is worrying artichoke producers

The weeks after Christmas registered a drop in Sicilian artichoke prices and sales, leading to significant losses for the local economy in Niscemi (CL), know as the "artichoke capital". "During this terrible year, we have witnessed a general drop in prices that is affecting the entire fresh produce…

Japan is actively combating climate crisis

Japan is as vulnerable to climate change as any other country in the world. Its 2019 typhoon season was the costliest on record, closely followed by 2018. What’s more, heat…

Overview of the effects of the winter weather in Andalusia

UPA Andalusia has made an initial estimate of the damage that storm Filomena and the cold wave had on Andalusia's countryside. Eastern Andalusia has been hit the hardest, the…

Nature Fresh Farms joins SmartWay

Reduction of freight transportation-related emissions

Nature Fresh Farms pledges to reduce freight transportation-related emissions by becoming a member of SmartWay. Over the past year, Nature Fresh Farms joined the SmartWay…

Cold weather reactivates lemon operations and triggers the prices of citrus and vegetables in Alicante

ASAJA Alicante has reported that, despite forecasts, there were no significant frosts in the Vega Baja area. The cold wasn't as harmful to the region's agricultural sector as…

Thomas Stütz, Früchte Braun LLC:

"Even if the weather in Spain improves, we will feel the aftermath for a while"

The sudden onset of winter in Spain is currently having a far-reaching impact on the European market. With temperatures well below freezing, vegetable farmers are currently suffering and that means supply problems in Germany, too. "It is a bit chaotic in Spain at the moment," says Thomas Stütz of Früchte…

Things starting to go back to normal at Mercamadrid, with reactivation of fruit and vegetable transport

"We knew it would snow, but we didn't expect anything close to this"

Mercamadrid, the second largest wholesale market in the world and the first in Europe, is recovering its activity after having been closed from Saturday to Monday as a result of the impact of storm Filomena, which has covered the central-northeast of the Iberian Peninsula with snow, including Madrid. The…

Polina Valkanova, Special Fruit:

"Cold weather in Huelva has caused some delays in strawberry production"

"The Spanish strawberry season started earlier than usual. The first small volumes arrived at the end of November / beginning of December because more was planted in pots,” says Polina Valkanova of Special Fruit. “After the early start to the season, the cold weather in recent weeks has caused a delay in…

European demand for Italian clementines on the up after frost hits Spain

A positive start of the week for a few clementine traders after a few difficult days when prices and consumption were really low. "We have noticed an increase in orders from various European countries - Poland, Ukraine, Germany and France in particular. This was due to the frost in Spain, which caused…

Gines Navarro, from Agridemur:

"There will be a limited supply of lettuce throughout January"

Last week's rains, low temperatures, and frosts in Murcia have limited the supply and increased the prices of lettuce and leafy vegetables. "We started the year with temperatures that were lower than in Finland", stated Gines Navarro, from the sales department of the Murcian company Agridemur, which specializes…

The very low product supply translates into a rise in prices

Threat of shortages on fruit and veg markets due to the intense cold in Spain

Agricultural producers and companies in the fruit and vegetable sector in the Spanish provinces of Almería and Granada are not having a moment of truce. Due to storm Filomena, record minimum temperatures are being recorded across Spain; also in the south. Rain and snow have been falling incessantly…

Rien Paans, Verfru Europe:

"Spanish open ground vegetables looks totally different from two weeks ago"

"If you compare to two weeks ago, we are in a totally different world," says Rien Paans of Verfru Europe from Tarragona, who, together with his son Arthur, focuses on supplying Spanish open ground vegetables to customers in the Netherlands and Belgium. L,Aldea, Tarragona  Here on the coast we didn't get snow,…

Cédric Geens, W. Jonckheere, Belgium

“The coming weeks will be tough for Spanish vegetables and citrus”

The extreme winter weather in Spain isn't problematic for only that country. It's affecting Belgium too. According to Cédric Geens of W. Jonckheere, it's simple. "We're very dependent on Spanish agriculture in both summer and winter. You don't have to be a genius to see that there will be major problems…

PGI Alcachofa de Tudela expects production to drop this campaign due to the snow storm

"This situation has caused the loss of the harvest, at least until March"

The snow that covered the artichoke fields of the Navarran region of La Ribera last weekend will inevitably mark the course of this campaign. The president of the Protected…

Huelva's berry production slowed down by the cold

Although the Spanish province of Huelva hasn't had the copious snowfalls of other parts of Spain, the cold caused by storm Filomena has also left its mark on the coast, where…

Snow storm in Spain leading to increased demand for clementines

In Spain, storm Filomena has brought wintery conditions more typical of Scandinavian countries, with abundant rains, snowfalls and sub-zero temperatures in various parts of the country. Although vegetables are among the products most affected by this storm, it does not seem to be causing a significant…

Study forecasts northern Chile will lose 50% of its water resources by 2060

Chile is experiencing its worst drought in six decades and it is the country with the greatest water crisis in the entire Western Hemisphere. According to Greenpeace, 76% of…

300 trucks blocked in Spain due to the snow

Filomena, the first snowstorm of the year in Spain, which has also brought cold and rain, and which arrived on Thursday in the Peninsula, forced 300 large trucks to remain in an area enabled for them in the industrial estate of Bulilla, in the outskirts of the municipality of Villena, where they were…

USDA citrus annual report

Australian citrus harvest to rise by 10%

Good rainfall in 2020 benefitted Australia's citrus cultivation. It will affect 2021's expected yields considerably well. The orange harvest is estimated at 535.000 tons, with mandarins at 175.000 tons. These are both about ten percent higher than in the drought-affected 2019/2020 season. It's not only the improved…

Henk Vlaeminck, Van Dijk Foods Belgium

“Spain's winter weather causes skyhigh vegetable prices”

“Christmas was different from other years. But we can't complain," says Henk Vlaeminck of Van Dijk Foods Belgium. “We had good festive sales. Some products did better than others. There were fewer parties, so we sold fewer luxury products. The more common products compensated well for this loss, though."…

"Warmer winter pattern doesn't rule out citrus freeze"

A moderate La Niña climate phase is expected through spring 2021. This indicates that slightly above average temperatures and slightly less rainfall than normal can be expected in Florida’s citrus belt. Multi-county citrus Extension agent Ajia Paolillo made that announcement during a virtual Dec. 22 OJ…

Thomas Bos, Thomasol:

"Cold front causes Spanish greenhouse and open field vegetable prices to shoot up"

The ongoing cold front in Italy has now hit Spain too. It has caused a sudden shortage in the Spanish vegetable sector. "The nights are at around freezing point here in Alicante. In Almeria, it's 2-3°C at night. Then production comes to a standstill," says Thomas Bos of Thomasol. This farm supplies…


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