Climate

California Maria fire affected small percentage of avocado trees

Though assessments are early, it seems as though approximately only 100 acres of avocados were affected following the recent round of California wildfires. “It’s not as bad as we thought,” says Ken Melban of the California Avocado Commission based in Irvine, Ca. “If you’re a grower who was hit, then it’s…

Bad weather aftermath in Campania

In Campania, despite the weather alert issued by local authorities in some areas, in agriculture there are no major damages resulting from the storms of these days. In the upper part of Caserta there are no major critical issues, on the contrary many farmers define the situation as in line with the…

About 200 hectares of strawberries affected in a very serious way

Bad weather: the Matera and the Taranto area the most damaged

The first damage count came from the Metapontino area, after the heavy rain that last night struck the entire Ionian arc, with heavy downpours and sirocco winds of up to 100km/h. The municipalities of Policoro and Scanzano, in the province of Matera, are the areas most affected by this new meteorological…

“Farming in South Africa under threat from Climate Change”

There's an assumption in the agricultural industry that the yields and prices of crops will vary according to local conditions as well as supply and demand in local and international markets. As a result, farmers understand that not every year will be profitable but over the long run, all things being…

Drought is costing South African agriculture sector billions

The agricultural body that represents nearly 28,000 commercial farmers across the country is calling on the government for financial aid to address the debilitating drought wreaking havoc across the country, which has cost the industry billions of rand. The industry contributes 2% to the economy, which…

Minimal impact to farms from bushfire emergency but growers still on alert as threat continues

Two of Australia’s leading fruit and vegetable peak industry bodies have conveyed their thoughts to those affected by the bushfire emergency on Australia’s east coast. Blazes continue to burn in several regions across Queensland and New South Wales, with residential homes and farming properties caught up…

Fruit Growers Victoria calls for water reform overhaul

Fruit Growers Victoria Ltd (FGVL) has called for the Commonwealth and state governments to address clear failures in the past decade of water reform. FGVL has always supported…

"US apple farmers endure major crop and profit losses due to climate change"

According to an article on cnbc.com, climate change is posing an existential threat to the precarious lives of farmers across the country. More intense and frequent weather disasters are wiping out entire harvests, and warmer winters are exposing crops to severe frost damage. For apples, a warm spell in…

Drought drives up vegetable prices in Zimbabwe

The drought ravaging most parts of Matabeleland has pushed prices of vegetables and fruits up in the region’s biggest market, Bulawayo. The unfortunate development has seen…

South Africa: Water levels drop below 50% in three provinces

The current temperatures in major parts of South Africa have plunged three provinces to stress levels as their dam levels dropped to below half in the past two weeks. According to the Department of Water and Sanitation report, the dam levels in Limpopo, Eastern Cape and North West has plummeted to below…

South Africa

Drought has hit Western Cape agriculture hard

“The number of farms in South Africa has declined by more than two-thirds compared to the early 1990s,” says a 2018 GRCF-AFRICAP report. According to the draft 2019 National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy, in South Africa “the observed rate of warming has been 2°C per century or even higher” which is…

Be Climate officially launched; a climate neutral brand for fruit and vegetables

The 'Be Climate' project was recently launched by Port International at the Fruit Attraction in Madrid. But the truth is that Port has been a climate neutral company since 2017 and has been offering their customers climate neutral products for three years now. With this lead in knowledge and the goal of…

Weather likely to cause drop in US potato yields

Weather issues in both the upper Midwest and Idaho mean potatoes could be in short supply this year. In the Midwest, Minnesota has experienced a number of issues that could cause its volume of potatoes to be lower this season. “We got a late planting—so Wisconsin, Minnesota and North Dakota—and that…

Sicily grows more and more tropical fruit

New consumption trends and a growing demand for exotic fruit are changing global agriculture, which is increasingly committed to meeting the demands of a globalized market. Some areas of Sicily are suitable to grow products that were once only cultivated far away from Europe.  Mangoes, avocados, limes, finger limes,…

Lemon and avocado groves escape from California’s Maria fire

This past Friday, the Maria fire hit Santa Paula, home to Limoneira’s headquarters and the company’s thousands of acres of lemons and avocados. “The fire was on the south side of the river and fortunately, it stayed there,” says John Chamberlain with Limoneira. “Although largely dry, the riverbed is…

Start of citrus campaign in Andalusia marked by bad weather

The 2019-2020 citrus harvesting campaign has started in Andalusia, marked by weather conditions that have taken a negative toll on the flowering period and, therefore, on the production. This has been revealed in the latest report prepared by the Prices Observatory of the Council of Agriculture,…

José Illan, le Tresacois:

The first french grapes were most affected by this summer's heat

Le Tresacois is a family business of 200 hectares, handed down from father to son for more than 60 years. The company distributes its own production under the brand “Le Tresquois”. José Illan, well- respected in the sector, recently joined the family business as its commercial director. He claims that…

growers show destiny of plastic residues in Almería, Spain

"Dramatic images were result of floods, not bad plastic management"

Last week, France 24 broadcast a reportage concerning the ecological horticulture in Almería, Spain. The final conclusion was that this greenhouse horticulture is far from sustainable, since the generated plastic residues end up in the environment. The organisation of produce companies APROA has…

Syngenta to invest 2,000 M$ to mitigate the impact of agriculture on climate change

Syngenta has announced that it will devote $ 2 billion over the next five years to help agricultural producers prepare for the growing threats arising from climate change. The investment involves a new sustainability objective for the company: to develop and introduce two technological innovations per…

Heavy storms hit south-east Sicily

"There are no roads and we do not even know how to reach our land. Both the structures and crops have been damaged. The water is not draining, so things are bad," explains Enzo Denaro, from a production and commercialization company in Ispica, following the storms on 25th and 26th October.  "The strength of…

Floods and storms in Spain and southern France affected some crops

This week’s weather around the Mediterranean caused a lot of damage in the south of France; the French government has declared a state of natural disaster. In Béziers, 6…

Will this affect the price of oranges this year?

Chinese Navel orange orchards suffer from drought

Ganzhou City in Jiangxi Province is known as the "world's hometown of oranges". This is one of the most important Navel orange production areas in China. The production area…

Will it be cold enough for fruit trees to flourish in 30 years?

A study has managed to extrapolate the accumulation of cold periods in Spain for over the next 30 years and to the end of the century. This provides producers with important…

European Environment Agency report

"Climate change could cut value of European agriculture 16% by 2050"

Changing weather patterns have once again had a damaging impact on Europe’s fruit and vegetable processors in 2019, as main producer countries have experienced extreme weather conditions throughout the summer season, with crop yields reduced to varying degrees depending on the region.     A recent report released by the European…

Over 3,000 hectares of pineapples lost to drought in Veracruz, Mexico

Humberto Lopez Rosales, president of the Bienestar Local Foundation in Isla, a municipality in the Mexican state of Veracruz, stated that at least one-third of the region's more than 10,000 hectares of pineapple were devastated by the drought and heat. There have been high temperatures for more than…

Cypriot potato farmers count their losses after Sunday’s hailstorm

Agricultural insurance officials are due to inspect potato fields in the Famagusta district to assess damage after yesterday’s heavy hailstorm. Eka farmers’ union representative Yiannakis Gavriel said that the crop has been wiped out by the hail. Various photos posted online showed hailstorms bigger than…

MSC rules out Arctic exploration based on environmental concerns

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company has decided not to usethe Arctic as a new short cut between northern Europe and Asia and will instead focus on improving environmental…

Hurricane winds hit 300 hectares of bananas on the coast of Colombia

The hurricane winds that hit the Colombian department of Cordoba have devastated some 300 hectares of banana crops in coastal towns such as Nicaragua, Corpas Arriba, Corpas…

Hailstorm destroys apple orchards in the province of Ferrara

A devastating out-of-season hailstorm hit the province of Ferrara, destroying apple crops and damaging plants, with impacts that will be still be felt next year. The event occurred on October 3, 2019. "A heavy hailstorm hit Consandolo Argenta and Gualdo," technician Alessandro Passerini explained to FreshPlaza,…

Mexico has lost 20,000 hectares of citrus due to the drought

The prolonged drought that has hit the Mexican state of Veracruz has caused the loss of at least 20,000 hectares of citrus. According to Marcelino Bustos Castillo, the…

Tropical storm Narda wreaks havoc on Mexican banana plantations

According to the secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development of the state of Jalisco, Alberto Esquer Gutierrez, the most affected crops by Hurricane Lorena and tropical storm Narda were mango and banana crops; as 1,200 hectares of bananas were affected by these weather events. Regarding the possible…

Chile's unprecedented drought affects 37,000 farmers

The driest southern winter in six decades has left a complex balance: 6 of the 16 regions in Chile are suffering the effects of the rainfall deficit, which in the case of Valparaiso and Santiago reached 77%. According to the Ministry of Agriculture, there are about 37,000 farmers at risk. In addition,…

September - November 2019

Seasonal rainfall outlook for vegetable growing regions Australia

For vegetable growers in eastern Victoria, NSW and Queensland it is timely to review their water availability for summer crops. A drier than average spring is forecast for…

Good volumes of PGI peaches from Leonforte despite the hailstorm

Two weeks after the terrible hailstorm that affected 50% of the entire PGI peach production in Leonforte, the time has come to make a few considerations. All the while producers are waiting for the EU to achieve what promised in order to deal with climate change, as entire productions are in some cases…

Sharp rise in the price of Polish cucumbers

Persistent cold weather and rain in Poland has caused a significant reduction in the supply of cucumbers to the market, according to analysts of the EastFruit project. Only…

Illinois orchardists struggling after wet year

Illinois farmers are struggling to recover from severe weather earlier in the year. Some farmers saw a significant impact on their apple orchards, others struggled to grow…

UAGA Aragón

"Spanish agriculture has already been affected by climate change"

As predicted by the Union of Agricultural Producers and Cattlemen of Aragon (UAGA), a member of the Alliance for the Aragon Climate Emergency, climate change is already having an impact on the region's agricultural sector. Therefore, the UAGA has proposed several measures to "put a stop" to the effects…

Tropical storm Narda causes flood damage to western Mexico

Tropical storm Narda continues to make its way along the west coast of Mexico. Narda initially made landfall last Saturday in Oaxaca before moving offshore and subsequently weakening. However, it strengthened again on Monday and has since traveled along the coast from Guerrero as far as Sonora. Winds of…

José Luis Hernández, president of COATO:

"The recent heavy storms won't cause any market shortage issues"

“This year's table grape campaign, which takes place between July and December, is marked by good production volumes, even for the local Crimson variety with seeds. So far, the prices have been acceptable. It is true that the quality has been variable and the rains have had an impact on it; however, the…

Fears of humanitarian disaster as drought decimates fruit production

While much has been made of the improved water prospects for Cape Town, fruit producers note that, west of the Bot River, the situation looks starkly different. Agri Western Cape yesterday released a statement to point out that the past winter rainfall season, which has practically finished, was below…

Dramatic stone fruit situation in Basilicata

The first data on the tragic 2019 stone fruit campaign in the Metaponto area is available and shows how all businesses are in difficulty due to the weather of the past few months.   In 2018, the PO commercialized over 2,980 tons of apricots while, this year, volumes were little more than 905 tons. The situation is…

Growers who saw trees stripped, crops destroyed

New South Wales: Hail-stricken avocados won't be an earner for years

For avocado grower families the Tidemans and the Ryans, whose orchards face each other across a valley on the New South Wales mid-north coast, face the prospect of no income for at least three years. Around three-quarters of an hour of hail devastation on the Comboyne Plateau has resulted in workers…

Hurricane Lorena sweeps across 3,600 hectares of bananas in Mexico

Banana growers in the Mexican state of Colima face a serious situation due to the damage left by Hurricane Lorena. The hurricane destroyed 3,600 hectares of bananas affecting more than 160 producers in Manzanillo and Cihuatlan, said the president of the Banana Producers Regional Union, Francisco Hueso…

Floodwaters ruin hundreds of highland vegetable crops in Dominican Republic

The Tireo and Constanza rivers in central La Vega province broke free from their banks due to the rains on Tuesday, flooding hundreds of plantations with various crops in highland towns. The floodwaters damaged cabbage, potato, broccoli, cauliflower and other vegetable crops. The hardest hit were the…

Rains in Western China affect apple trade

In previous years, traders could be seen busily purchasing apples for the National Day in production areas, but this year, the scenes of traders competing with each other in…

Wim Isings (Explotaciones Fincas Iberia) provides export from Murcia:

"Lots of delays due to severe weather, but trade will normalise in a few weeks"

Wim Isings has been living in Spain for half a century now, but the severe weather that has struck Spain over the last month shocked even him. "We experienced this thirty years ago as well," says the Dutchman, who is now 86 years old, but still fully invested in working for the company Explotaciones…

Hurricane Lorena skirts growing regions

Ex-Hurricane Lorena traveled along the western coast of Mexico late last week, dumping upwards of 150mm of rain in some areas. The hurricane skirted Colima on Friday and at one point was predicted to travel along the Baja California peninsula Saturday and Sunday. However, it changed course and crossed…

Spanish artichoke producers trust that plants will recover from the storms

Despite the floods caused by the recent storms, and despite the fact that there are still many flooded areas, the president of the Artichoke of Spain association, Antonio Galindo, reports that producers in the Spanish Levant hope for the "recovery of many plants which had been recently planted." However,…

Tropical storm Imelda strands trucks carrying produce

Just over two years ago, Hurricane Harvey hit Houston and its surrounding areas, causing catastrophic flooding. Towards the end of last week, the area east of Houston was hit again, this time by tropical storm Imelda. “These types of storms can only happen in June, September or October in our area,” says…

Chile’s fruit and berry exports could drop dramatically if it does not solve water problem

EastFruit reports that the Chilean fruit sector is facing a very difficult task - to urgently reduce water consumption without increasing the cost of producing fruit and…

Mexico: Veracruz loses 5,000 hectares of pineapples due to drought

The drought in the Mexican state of Veracruz, the leading pineapple producer in the country, has caused the loss of 5,000 hectares of fruit and a decrease in sizes, the leader…

Damage to greenhouses estimated at about 177 million dollars

Japan: Typhoon Faxai caused heavy damage to agriculture

So far, typhoon Faxai has caused more than 290 million dollars in damage to agriculture, forestry and fisheries industries, mainly in eastern Japan. The amount is expected to rise. Farm ministry officials say the total covers damage reported as of Thursday morning in Chiba, Ibaraki and six other…

Agroclimatic Monitor Report

Chile is beginning to experience an extreme drought situation

According to the latest Agroclimatic Monitor report on Meteorological Drought, prepared by the Emergency and Agricultural Risk Management Section of the Ministry of Agriculture, in 2019 Chile is facing an extreme drought situation with a water deficit above 70% from Curico to the North. According to the…

Himachal Pradesh - India

Climate change threatens Himachal's fruit economy

Climate change is threatening the Rs 35 bln (€445 mln) fruit economy of Himachal Pradesh. Apple growers say their business, which constitutes 89 percent of the total fruit…

"The start of the fall campaign will be delayed and volumes will be limited"

Skyrocketing demand for lettuce in Spanish market

The demand for lettuce in the Spanish market has been skyrocketing since last week, when heavy storms flooded and destroyed part of the harvest, reducing the marketing activity of some producing companies for a few days. Prices have suddenly risen and it remains to be seen how the trend will develop in the…

Storms damage 30% of table grape harvest in Spanish region of Vinalopo

According to the Valencian Association of Agricultural Producers (AVA-Asaja), 30% of the area planted with grapes in the region of Vinalopó has been affected by the recent storms. According to the first estimates, which will have to be confirmed in the near future, some 4,000 hectares with a value that…

Storm losses in Spanish province of Alicante made worse by lack of insurance

In the broadcast of the radio program "Agropopular" of September 14, a balance was made of the damages caused by the severe storms recently recorded in the province of Alicante. Ramón Espinosa, secretary of ASAJA Alicante, José Vicente Andreu, president of ASAJA Orihuela, and Carlos Cuenca, editor of…

Great saving in irrigation costs

Valencian citrus growers benefit from the rains

Although in other regions the rainfall has dealt hard blows to the agricultural sector, the storms that have been recorded in recent days in the province of Valencia have also…

FEPEX adopts plan of exceptional measures for those affected by the storms in Spain

FEPEX has launched a series of measures to facilitate the recovery of its associates, who have suffered severe damages due to the floods caused by storms in southeastern Spain. The damages, which are being evaluated and which affect both fruit and vegetable crops and facilities, could have serious social…

High-value Nova Scotia apple crops at risk post-Dorian

Nova Scotia apple growers are still gauging the damage of Hurricane Dorian following the tail end of the storm touching down in the region more than a week ago. “It’s just kind of a mess right now,” says Brian Boates, an organic pear and apple grower with Boates Farm in Cambridge, N.S. “It really did a…

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration:

Northern hemisphere officially endured hottest summer on record

According to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration data released Monday, the Northern Hemisphere just officially had its hottest summer on record since 1880. NOAA found the average global surface temperature taken by thousands of thermometers, buoys and other sensors on land and sea tied with…

Video: Greenhouse hit by a tropical storm

It was a serious tropical storm that hit the Culiacán region in Mexico at the end of August. With severe rain and wind the retractable greenhouse was attacked quite heavily - but it held up. "The reinforced polyethylene roof coverings can't blow off since they are suspended below stainless steel wires", the…

Mariska de Zoete of Fruca: "Our homes and cars are completely flooded"

Clearing the rubble in Spain after the severe weather; leafy vegetable shortages a sure thing in the winter"

Last week, the Southeastern parts of Spain were pummeled by unusually heavy rain and floods. The severe weather claimed at least six lives. An estimated 3,500 people have lost their homes due to the floods. A Dutch national is also missing. The 66-year-old man fell victim to the weather in the Spanish…

Bolivia: Losses of up to 90% in banana production due to extreme winds

The strong winds recorded on Tuesday, September 10, in the Estaño Palmito region of the municipality of Chimore, in the Bolivian department of Cochabamba, damaged 200 hectares of banana production from 40 producers. According to the deputy mayor of the 10th district of Chimore, Gilberto Calani, the winds…

Risks of both drought and flooding

Chile: Ongoing water crisis

From too much water to not enough, this critical resource presents unique challenges in the Metropolitan Region (MR) of Chile. The MR is the hub of the country’s bustling capital and nearly half of the Chilean population. A recent report by NRDC highlights water management solutions that address floods and droughts, two issues…

New weather stations to protect Riverland food producers

State-of-the-art localised automatic weather stations will be installed , which will help inform food producers’ decision making throughout South Australia's Riverland and…

Severe weather in Spain has disastrous local effects

The images of the severe weather that has been battering the east coast of Spain and the Balearic islands do not lie. Streets have been transformed into raging rivers, and countless cars have been washed away. There have been rescues and damage to buildings. Many drainage systems have overflowed, and the…

Heavy weather to hit Alicante, Valencia en Murcia

A small low-pressure area at a high altitude results in abundant rainfall, and therefore a weather alarm is in place for Alicante, Valencia and Murcia. Today and tomorrow storms, heavy rains and high winds are expected to hit the regions.The fresh fruit and vegetable industry is bracing themselves for…

Agriculture Minister Ezzedine Abu Stait:

“Climate change impacts Egyptian food security”

On Monday, Egyptian Minister for Agriculture and Land Reclamation, Ezzedine Abu Stait, warned workshop attendees of the effects of climate change for Egypt. Climate change…

Yucatan's citrus harvest will decrease by 30% due to a lack of rainfall

The delay of the rainy season could reduce Yucatan's sweet orange, grapefruit, and mandarin harvest by more than 30% compared to 2018, obtaining a harvest of 200,000 tons of…

Nova Scotia apple crop feels Dorian’s effects

As the tail end of Hurricane Dorian touched down in the form of high winds and rain in Nova Scotia, apple growers in the region are left assessing the damage. Annapolis Valley took a hit“We’re seeing a lot of apples blown down to the ground. It’s a bit location based. Some farms are okay because they’re…

Spain: Producers from Malaga are waiting for the rains

Producers from Malaga are hopeful that the first wet fronts that announce storms will put an end to the drought that has affected the reservoirs in the province. All regions and producers of all crops are hopeful it will rain in September. The only producers that don't want it to rain are grape…

Less than 1 percent of PEI potato crop harvested as Dorian blows through

For about 10 days, Hurricane Dorian has been making headlines in the news and it continues to cause damage. It lost its hurricane-force winds and was considered a post-tropical cyclone when it made landfall in Nova Scotia Saturday night. In addition to Nova Scotia, the storm made significant impact on…

UK farming could suffer "16% financial loss" due to climate change

A recent report released by the European Environment Agency, the EU's green watchdog, claims that climate change could cut the value of European agriculture by 16 percent by…

Produce growers on alert

Hurricane Dorian makes landfall in North Carolina

Category 1 Hurricane Dorian made landfall over Cape Hatteras, North Carolina at 8:35 am EST this morning, bringing with it heavy rain and winds of over 90 mph. Storm surges appear to be the biggest threat to homes and lives after it already decimated The Bahamas earlier this week and caused the deaths of…

Stone fruit production in Río Negro, Argentina, affected by frost

The last frosts in the Alto Valley of Rio Negro, which had extremely cold temperatures of almost -10º C for 14 hours, could have damaged much of the region's fruit production,…

Hail storms in Spanish province of Alicante cause 3 million Euro worth of damage

According to the company Agroseguro, the damages caused by the hail storms recorded in the last week of August in Alicante, which mainly hit some 900 hectares of citrus crops,…

Hurricane Dorian spares Florida, aims for Carolinas

After wreaking widespread destruction and killing at least seven people in the Bahamas, Hurricane Dorian has passed by Florida, causing only minimal physical damage. The storm has strengthened again into a Category 3 hurricane, and winds are in excess of 100 miles per hour near its core. However, the…

Argentine stone fruits expected to suffer serious losses due to late frosts

The frosts recorded on Tuesday, September 3, in the country have caused serious damage to crops, especially to almond, peach, and plum trees. That day, the frost lasted for…

The normalization of temperatures in Peru will favor mango and grape crops

The recovery of normal temperature values in the region, with a maximum of 28 to 29º C and a minimum of 16 to 17º C, will benefit mango and grape production as both fruits…

Climate change could seriously compromise global banana production by 2050

The scientific journal Nature has published a study by the British University of Exeter that warns about the negative consequences that the climate crisis could have on world banana production, due to the effect that rising temperatures and changing rainfall have on tropical crops. The research, led by…

Increasingly bizarre weather making covers a necessity

The violent storms that affected most of the Adriatic coast in early July are still etched in our minds. Considering the increasing frequency of these phenomena due to climate change, facing them with whatever technology makes available is essential.  Francesco Giotta, owner of Azienda Agricola Masseria Cantone in…

Florida growers prepare for Hurricane Dorian

Hurricane Dorian strengthened into a Category 5 system and blasted the Bahamas Monday as it approached Florida. Winds in excess of 165 mph cut power, overturned cars, and downed trees, with reports of severe damage to many of the buildings on the island of Grand Bahama. Tragically, at least one person -…


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