Climate

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…

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 -…

Latest storms in Spain damage summer fruits, grapes and peppers

As reported by Agroseguro, the crops most affected by the recent rain and hail storms have been summer fruits, grapes and peppers, although it is still too early to know the actual extent of the damage. The most affected autonomous regions are Castile-La Mancha and Madrid. Agroseguro has highlighted the…

Hurricane Dorian spares Puerto Rico as it heads for Florida

Puerto Rico has escaped damage as Hurricane Dorian passed over the island in the early hours of Thursday morning. The feared strong winds and damaging rainfall did not eventuate, with only heavy rain in some parts recorded. Dorian has now moved north, with the latest path having it skirting around the…

South African dam levels

“Consumers should still save water”

South Africa’s Department of Water and Sanitation is still advising water users to heed the government’s call to save water. This is because of the dry winter spell that has deprived the country of even a drop of rain in the past six months. "However, Western Cape is having a bumper season with heavy…

Storm affects more than 10,000 ha in Castilla-La Mancha

The first estimates of the damage generated by the storm in Castilla-La Mancha, carried out by Asaja, show losses in agricultural production of between 10,000 and 12,000 hectares. The technical secretary general of the agricultural organization, Arturo Serrano, has indicated that the province most…

Overproduction of poor-quality mangoes in Mexico due to climate change

The increase in the temperature of the land caused by climate change has modified the country's cultivation chain. The mango's production processes have accelerated, leading…

EU-Mercosur agreement is at risk due to fires in the Amazon

The inefficiency of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro in defending the Amazon, and the lack of a firm commitment to defend the environment evidenced in the management of the…

Mexico drought taking its toll on lime supplies

Lime supplies are being threatened by a devastating drought in the growing regions in Mexico. The persistent dryness means that growers are unable to harvest viable fruit, with a large portion of the crop being discarded. "Mexico is experiencing a drought that is lasting longer than most people have…

Growers have barely recovered from Hurricane Maria two years ago

Tropical storm Dorian heading towards Puerto Rico

Tropical storm Dorian passed very near to Barbados on Monday night and is expected to move into the eastern Caribbean Sea by Tuesday. Most of Puerto Rico is expected to be impacted by Dorian on Wednesday. Initially, the storm was expected to strengthen into a hurricane on its way to Puerto Rico, but…

Farming losses from Tropical Storm Bailu hit NT$87.90 million

Storm damages Taiwanese bananas, sugar apples, lemons, papaya and ginger

Taiwan's agricultural losses from the damage wrought by Tropical Storm Bailu over the weekend were estimated at NT$87.90 million (US$2.79 million) as of Monday but are likely to go up as more damage is reported. According to the Council of Agriculture, Taitung County was the hardest hit of any locality…

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 figures…

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…


© FreshPlaza.com 2019