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Fernando Gómez: "We are doing a 'Master's degree in crisis management' and I think we will get a good grade"

Another storm in Murcia and Alicante worsens current situation

This is already the third heavy storm recorded in Murcia and Alicante since the start of the autumn and winter season, which accounts for the largest volumes of vegetable production in Europe. These climatic adversities come at a bad time for the field, which for about two weeks has been adapting to the…

Big problems in Emilia Romagna. Data collected at 5.30 today 24 March

All northern Italy below zero: snowflakes in the Marche, Abruzzo and down to Puglia

Already last night things seemed worrying, due to the starry sky and the absence of clouds. This morning, 24 March 2020, at 5.30, the thermometers marked various degrees below zero in different areas of northern Italy. Ice in the peach orchard after the action of anti-frost irrigation. The lowest recorded…

Rien Paans (Verfru): "Delivery issues due to bad weather, this virus outbreak, and fewer workers"

Floods in Murcia, lots of rain in Alicante, and snow on the Canary Islands

It is not the first time Spanish cultivation areas have been pummelled by lousy weather. This bad weather is moving over parts of Spain. There is rain in some places, and rivers flooding in others. Streets in, for example, Murcia, are flooded. In the southern part of the Alicante province, they have to…

Frost in northern Italy heavily damages orchards

Frost on 24/03/2020 caused serious damage. In some areas of the Bologna and Ravenna provinces and in the central plains in Emilia, temperatures almost reached -6°C. Emilia-RomagnaApo Conerpo president Davide Vernocchi reports "considerable damage to stone fruit: almost the entire apricot production is…

Poland will have to deal with more frost in a week or two

"There will be a bit of damage for pears and sweet cherries"

After having two nights of heavy frost in a row, Poland can prepare for yet another night of frost in the first week of April. Although damages have not been assessed yet, the effect of the freezing temperatures on some of the produce can be predicted. Although the frost could become an issue later on,…

The hose reel can also be useful

Anti-frost system that really works against frost

Severe night frosts are expected throughout Italy, but there are those who have been using anti-frost irrigation since 2003. This is the case of Stefano Rivalta, a farmer in the province of Ravenna. And he is very satisfied with the active protection implemented. "I have 23 hectares of peach orchard,…

Poland receives first heavy frost of the year

Poland received its first heavy frost of the year, it seems. Included are pictures shared on Twitter by Fruitteeltonline, it's unsure how much produce has been damaged. Another very cold night is expected, with temperatures of -6 degrees Celsius in some parts of Poland.

Western Cape to receive R25 million in drought support

The Western Cape minister of agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer, has expressed his gratitude on the news that the Western Cape will be receiving an additional amount of R25 million…

Brazil: Just one large orange processor currently operating

Orange pressing the 2019/20 crop slowed down in the first fortnight of March at most of the processors in São Paulo State. This was due to the low supply in the Brazilian…

Fear of frost damage in March

Warmest winter in 120 years could cause problems for Norwegian raspberry growers

Winter was mild and wet throughout Norway. With temperatures of 4.5 degrees higher than normal, the winter records was broken in all regions with the exception of Northern…

John Gijbels, Euro Gijbels

"Spanish cauliflower season done weeks earlier due to high temperatures"

Due to the summer temperatures in Catalonia, Spain, the citrus season is ahead of schedule. “The Nardocott are three weeks earlier than usual. I therefore expect that this will result that we will stop a week or three earlier, but we still have volumes to meet the demand," says John Gijbels of Euro…

A comment from the Bollino company, a new member of the Op APOC

Droughts and not enough cold weather threaten stone fruit yields this year

Little rain has rained compared to what it would take to fill the reservoirs. This year the situation is worse compared to 2019, when water resources were sufficient. Medium-late and late varieties of peaches, percoche and nectarines are in bloom. For many cultivars the flowering is very poor and uneven,…

A new project will study the relationship between phenology and climate change

Fruit trees in Catalonia blooming 15 days earlier than 50 years ago

According to data from the Meteorological Service of Catalonia (SMC), collected since 1971 and published on the occasion of the agreement signed with the Center for Ecological Research and Forest Applications (CREAF-UAB) to study the relationship between phenology and climate change, fruit trees in…

Precarious water situation remains in fruit production areas of Letsitele, Gamtoos and Klein-Karoo

South African government declares national state of disaster due to drought

The declaration of a nation-wide state of disaster that appeared yesterday in the Government Gazette has taken agricultural organisations by surprise, given that large parts in the east of the country recently received good rains. In a statement Agri SA, an agricultural industry association said: "The…

USDA report: est. 755 million euros loss in horticulture sector

Thailand hit by second worst drought in last 10 years

Thailand is hit by the second worst drought in a decade with an estimated loss of around € 755 million in the horticultural sector, mainly due to the reduced cultivation of off-season rice.In addition, for 32,000 hectares of field crops and fruit trees, a drop in cultivation is anticipated due to the…

ASPROCAN recommends issuing reports to insurers within 7 days

Canary banana plantations heavily damaged by windstorm

The windstorm of February 22 and 23 has caused severe damage to banana plantations in the islands of Tenerife, La Palma, La Gomera, Gran Canaria and, to a lesser extent, El Hierro. It is estimated that about 8,000 plots have been affected by this storm. The north of Tenerife, especially the plantations…

Many crops facing a "lost year"

Banana, avocado and potato crops in the Canary Islands hit by wind and calima

The assessment of the damage caused by the wind and calima in the Canary Islands is already underway. We will still have to wait a few days to know the full extent of the damage, but the first impressions of the agrarian leaders point to a heavy impact on all crops grown in the open ground, especially on…

Cooler temperatures should offset heat for Florida veg

Despite a tricky start to the season, Florida vegetables see solid steady supplies right now. “It was unseasonably dry for us in the late fall which is when we’re planting every item in Florida,” says John Alderman, assistant sales manager for East Coast sales with Duda Farm Fresh Foods based in Oviedo,…

Florida growers watching crops post-spiked temperatures

Following last week’s near-record heat temperature spikes in Florida, growers remain positive that there’s little effect on current crops. At Seald Sweet in Vero Beach, Fl., GT Parris notes that the winter has been mild and Seald Sweet isn’t overly concerned with warmer temperatures. “For citrus we like…

Colombia

Frosts in Boyacá and Cundinamarca cause losses in more than 67,000 hectares

Although there are still no official consolidated figures, the heavy frosts that have been recorded in the Colombian regions of Boyacá and Cundinamarca have resulted in losses…

Abnormal cold front in Turkey affects citrus groves

A heavy cold front hit Turkey with snow and temperatures dropping to -15°C in some parts of the country. Fruit and vegetable crops were affected, particularly citrus groves in the Adana region, the leading citrus fruit producer in Turkey, boasting around 30 thousand hectares destined to the cultivation…

Only 2% of the cultivated acreage is insured

More than 3,600 hectares of crops destroyed by bad weather in Spanish region of Galicia in 2019

Bad weather is the main cause of losses in the fields of Galicia, Spain. The compensations given by insurance companies for damages caused by extreme weather events last year affected more than 3,600 hectares and exceeded 1.4 million Euro, according to data provided by the Spanish Association of…

Reactivation of vegetable production

The heat accelerates the flowering of fruit trees in Spain

After more than 20 days with rather low temperatures on the Mediterranean coast, peaks of up to 27 degrees Celsius were reached last weekend in some producing areas, which is quite unusual for this time of the year. Temperatures are still high, although they are falling slightly. Meanwhile, heat waves in…

Unusual climate in the Ionic area causes early stone fruit already in bloom

In the Basilicata region, in particular in the Metapontino area, it has not rained for weeks and the weather is not wintry at all. During the day, temperatures can even reach 18-20 degrees and, at least for the next few days, no significant changes are expected. The producers are worried about the…

Majority of North Queensland growers look to have escaped any early damage from heavy rain

North Queensland has copped a battering this week, with heavy rain inundating streets and closing roads in several towns - but at this stage, it appears most of the region's fruit and vegetable growers have escaped any major damage. Ayr was one of the hardest hit towns, just to the south of Townsville,…

Climate change greatly affects agricultural production

"The past year has not been easy for Consorzio Bia and its associates. The turnover grew by 4%, not a positive thing if we consider the double-digit growth of the two prior years. What is more, some businesses have grown well while others suffered," explains Antonio Fricano, president of Consorzio BIA.  Antonio…

Murcia: "The aquifers of the Altiplano could be depleted in less than 40 years"

The platform Salvemos el Arabí y Comarca has published the study Abuse of Aquifers, in which it reports that the aquifers of the Altiplano are in a critical situation due to the overexploitation of groundwater. In fact, it is estimated that "the volume of water extracted is five times greater than the…

"We plan to bring Indian guava, sapodilla and figs to the exhibition"

It’s been a crazy few months in India and not just because of the shortages on the onions. The monsoon season extended for two extra months, breaking records in rainfall in India. It’s caused some delay to the mango seasons, which had to endure cold temperatures on top of it all. Kay Bee Exports, an Indian…

Andalusia estimates damages caused by storm Gloria in Almeria at 1,700 hectares

On Monday, January 27, a meeting was held in Almería between the Councilor of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Sustainable Development, Carmen Crespo, and the province's…

AVA-Asaja estimates the losses at 3,7 M€

Storm Gloria trumps the dream of Valencian kiwifruit producers

A decade ago, several agricultural producers in the Valencian town of Picassent started planting kiwifruit in the region, as they were looking for an alternative to oranges, whose price was falling sharply. The manager of the Agro-Cítrica cooperative, Vicente Fort, said that this town has ended up…

Spanish government claims agricultural insurance will cover the damages caused by Gloria

Given the huge damages caused by storm Gloria to crops and agricultural productions of the Mediterranean coast, the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPA) recalled that the combined agricultural insurance system will cover the storm damage. It stressed that the damages caused by hail,…

AVA-ASAJA

Storm Gloria causes 62.6 million Euro worth of losses to Valencia's agriculture

According to estimates from the Valencian Association of Agricultural Producers (AVA-ASAJA), storm Gloria has caused economic losses totaling over 62.6 million Euro to the Region of Valencia's agricultural sector. Citrus crops, agricultural infrastructure and seasonal vegetables have taken the worst part…

Cranfield University reactions

Academics comment on Committee on Climate Change report

Academics from Cranfield have responded to the recent report ‘Land use: Policies for a Net Zero UK’, by the UK’s independent Committee on Climate Change. This report presents…

Miguel López, of Costa de Níjar: "We have lost 50% of the eggplant production"

1,000 hectares of greenhouses affected by hail in Almeria

"First a flood in September and now this hail storm. The truth is that this is becoming a very difficult campaign. The weather is not giving us any rest," says Miguel López, manager of the production and marketing company Costa de Níjar. The firm's producer-partners who escaped the floods have now been…

Salvador Ribes Ibáñez, of Betrex:

Storm Gloria: "Some say that about 80% of citrus in Valencia has been lost"

Road AP-7 between the Catalan towns of Figueres and La Jonquera, in the province of Girona, has reopened after being cut for 12 hours. This is also the case of the A-23 between Teruel and Zaragoza. According to the Servei Català de Trànsit (SCT) and Abertis, "traffic has been restored and is back to…

150,000 tons expected to be marketed ahead of the Super Bowl

Hail in Michoacán will not harm avocado exports to the US

The unusual hailstorms recorded this Monday in the avocado producing regions of Tancítaro, Periban and Ario de Rosales, in the Mexican state of Michoacán, have not caused significant damage to the fruit. Consequently, the export program launched ahead of the Super Bowl, where avocados are the "official…

Delays in the vegetable harvest and severe impact on citrus crops

Storm Gloria causes major damage to Murcian and Valencian agriculture

Many vegetable fields in the Spanish Region of Murcia have been flooded after more than two days of intense rainfall. Photo: Proexport The abundant water covering part of the leafy vegetable crops, as well as the broccoli, cauliflower and artichoke fields, is making it difficult to carry out the…

Florida growers eye overnight temperatures

Florida growers were watching last night to see just how cold the temperatures were going to get. Weather forecasts were predicting a chilly overnight—possibly one of the coldest nights so far in Florida this winter. Plant City for example was to see a minimum temperature of 33°F while Immokolee would be…

Consumers urged to continue rallying behind local growers despite possible price increases

One of Australia's leading produce markets is encouraging Australians to rally behind growers as bushfires and drought hit the industry, which will more than likely increase the cost of fresh produce. Brisbane Markets receives produce from more than 7000 growers, with the persistent drought, and…

High-tech map shows fruit, macadamia farms hit by bushfires

Amid devastating bushfire activity across Australia, scientists have released a map that shows avocado, mango, olive, banana, macadamia and citrus orchards that have been impacted, to help with response and recovery efforts. Driven by a Hort Innovation investment, in collaboration with various…

Apples at the forefront of getting people "Back to Bilpin"

An apple growing community in the New South Wales Blue Mountains is hoping that the grassroots social media campaign "Back to Bilpin", which is largely themed around the region's iconic fruit, can promote and help it recover from the devastating bushfires. Fire tore through the town of Bilpin on December…

“We expect companies failing to adapt to global warming to struggle”

Global warming is shifting the seasons in Turkey, with some produce having their window shifted by as much as 15 days. Due to rains being unpredictable, growers will have to adept, or they will start to struggle, says one Turkish exporter. The year 2019 had a lot of investments for Turkish fresh fruit exporter…

The Bushfire cost being felt by East Gippsland vegetable farmers

Vegetable farmers in Victoria's East Gippsland have not escaped the effects from the devastating bushfires that tore through southern Australia over the Christmas/New Year holidays. The most devastating was the loss of Matt and Kate Zagami's vegetable farm in Wairewa. Food & Fibre Gippsland Industry…

A hail storm devastates 500 hectares of apples and pears in Argentina

Nearly 500 hectares of apple and pear trees in the regions of Regina and Chichinales, in the Argentine province of Rio Negro, were devastated by the strong hail storm there was on Sunday, January 12. According to the National Institute of Agricultural Technology, INTA, the area was affected by a category…

First frosts of the year in Spain prevent the early flowering of fruit trees

The Region of Murcia's agricultural crops have barely been harmed by the first frosts of winter. The most severe ones were recorded between night and dawn on Monday January 6,…

Rain and snow in north China is bad for conditions in banana production areas

The conditions in banana production areas recently weakened. The supply volume from Guangxi production areas is relatively small. They are approaching the end of their season.…

High winds affected Argentina's pome fruit before the harvest

A windstorm with gusts of up to 106 km / h has hit the Argentine provinces of Rio Negro and Neuquen causing trees to fall, countless power outages, and damages to infrastructure. The winds affected apple and pear trees in the producing region of Alto Valle. It knocked down fruits and affected the…

Customers are flooding social media Coles & Woolworths with viral image

Customers are urging supermarkets to help Australia’s starving wildlife amid the bushfire crisis, by donating their ‘waste’. Social media has been inundated with a photo which urges Coles and Woolworths to donate their ‘waste’ fruit and vegetables to “our starving wildlife”. The plea is embedded on a…

2019 was New Zealand's fourth warmest year since 1909

The global trend of warming weather continued, with the final year of the decade setting record average temperatures in many parts of New Zealand. The warming trend continued in 2019, which clocked in as New Zealand’s fourth warmest since 1909 with an average temperature of 13.37°C. NIWA’s annual climate…

Strong winds in Chiapas increase the prices of Mexico's mangoes

The strong winds in the main mango production regions of the southern Mexican state of Chiapas affected the mango crops as it caused many flowers and fruits to fall. This…

Fire relief in the east is unlikely

Tropical Cyclone Blake forms off coast of Western Australia

Tropical Cyclone Blake, the first for the Australian cyclone season, has formed off Western Australia's West Kimberley coast. The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) expects the system to reach Category 2 intensity, and make landfall near Wallal Downs along the Eighty Mile Beach late on Tuesday or early…

Dry start to 2020 for Pacific Northwest

It’s only early January, but washingtonagnetwork.com is already talking about drought across the Inland Northwest.  According to the USDA, over 83% of Washington is in the Abnormally Dry category.  Meanwhile, nearly 32% of the Evergreen state is in the D1, or Moderate Drought category.  Only 16% of the state is on…

Damage to Batlow apple orchards still to be assessed after devastating fire hits the town

While the full extent of last weekend's bushfire is still yet to be assessed, it appears apple growers in the New South Wales town of Batlow may have escaped major damage. The blaze destroyed at least 20 residential homes, businesses and town infrastructure, and claimed the life of a man who was helping…

Eco-conscious eating for a better climate

The climate is changing at an alarming rate. Something has to change to keep the earth habitable for the next generation. Environmentally conscious eating can make a big…

Growers preparing for worsening of bushfire conditions over the weekend

Growers and farmers in Southern Australia are on high alert, with fire conditions predicted to worsen this weekend. For the third time this year a State of Emergency has been declared in New South Wales. It comes a day after Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews declared a State of Disaster for six Local…

Possibility of food shortages in Perth

Australia: Bushfires cutting off Nullarbor likely to cost millions

The bushfires that have closed major highways on the Nullarbor could end up costing the economy millions of dollars and cause widespread food shortages. About 140 firefighters are battling eight fire fronts that have cut off the small WA town of Norseman, about 700 kilometres south-east of Perth, for…


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