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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Europe braces for peak of a record heatwave

Europeans braced Thursday for the expected peak of a sweltering heatwave that has sent temperatures soaring above 40 o Celsius (104 Fahrenheit), with schools in France closing and wildfires in Spain spinning out of control. Governments warned citizens to take extra precautions, with the high temperatures…

HF Foods Group and B&R Global Holdings enter merger agreement

HF Foods Group Inc. and B&R Global Holdings, Inc. announced that they have entered into a merger agreement pursuant to which they will combine their operations. Pursuant…

Cold weather poses challenges to Kenyan farmers

Kenyan farmers have to contend with high cost of production as a biting cold weather hits several parts of the east African nation. The cold weather, which normally kicks off in July, started in late May, worsening an already bad situation for farmers after the March-May rains failed. The rains started…

Southeast peach growers challenged by climate change

With hot temperatures settling in over South Carolina and other parts of the Southeast this past week, growers are noting that such extremes are becoming more common due to the effects of climate change. It’s not just hot temperatures in summer that are causing a concern, but warmer winter temperatures…

Three months rain in a single week devastates Lincolnshire crops ready for harvest

A month of rain fell on brassica crops in Lincolnshire in a single day last week; growers across the key production areas are assessing the damage and the impact on consumers. A spokesman for the Brassica Growers Association said “in a normal year we would expect around 50 mm of rain for entire month of…

Europe braces for 'potentially dangerous' heatwave

A potentially record-breaking heatwave is forecast to grip much of continental Europe next week, with temperatures in cities from Spain to Germany expected to exceed 32C and climb to more than 38C or even 40C in the hottest areas. The combination of a storm stalled over the Atlantic and high pressure…

Climate change might bring bananas to New Zealand

According to the CEO of Horticulture New Zealand, Mike Chapman, bananas might one day be a staple crop grown in this country. He added that meeting climate and environmental change was the number one challenge facing growers and farmers, not seeing it as a problem, but as an opportunity. Chapman was…

Adverse weather in Uruguay affects fruit and vegetable production

The adverse weather and the increase in the price of the dollar have negatively affected Uruguay's fruit and vegetable production and final consumers. The adverse weather has generated sanitary problems in the crops, making it necessary to use agrochemicals that are paid in dollars, which has increased…

Drought and high temperatures threaten mango production in Nayarit, Mexico

The high temperatures and drought in the Mexican state of Nayarit have affected mango production, which producers in the north of the state consider is critical. Climate change, which is sweeping the planet, has generated a negative impact on the cultivation of this fruit, making it more difficult for…

Hot days for South Carolina peach growers

South Carolina and Georgia experienced very high temperatures over the past week. Day time temperatures reached over 100 degrees F in some places. The region is in the middle of the peach season, but growers said that this kind of weather can occur during June and the overall impact on peaches was…

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…


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