Climate

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

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

Thomas Stütz, Früchte Braun LLC:

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

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

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

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

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

Polina Valkanova, Special Fruit:

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

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

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

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

Gines Navarro, from Agridemur:

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

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

The very low product supply translates into a rise in prices

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

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

Rien Paans, Verfru Europe:

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

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

Cédric Geens, W. Jonckheere, Belgium

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

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

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

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

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

Huelva's berry production slowed down by the cold

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

Snow storm in Spain leading to increased demand for clementines

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

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

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

300 trucks blocked in Spain due to the snow

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

USDA citrus annual report

Australian citrus harvest to rise by 10%

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

Henk Vlaeminck, Van Dijk Foods Belgium

“Spain's winter weather causes skyhigh vegetable prices”

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

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

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

Thomas Bos, Thomasol:

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

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

Chiquita donates disaster relief supplies

Following recent natural disasters including Hurricanes Eta and Iota, Chiquita is supporting Central Americans by providing resources such as food, medical supplies, monetary donations and more. To date, Chiquita has donated more than ten tons of various forms of relief aid to those in need. The company…

Coenraad Fraenkel – Agrimotion Consulting

Future farmers will insist on data-sharing among service providers, predicts consultancy

“I can well see how farmers in five years’ time will insist on interaction between data providers, service providers and consultants visiting their farms,” says Coenraad Fraenkel, CEO of Agrimotion Consulting, soon to be based at the University of Stellenbosch’s AgroHub at Welgevallen experimental farm,…

Mexico

More than 4,000 hectares of bananas in Tabasco were lost to the floods

The floods that have ravaged Tabasco this year have strongly impacted the state's banana production. The president of the National Council of the Banana Product System, Adrian…

The damage caused by tropical storms Eta and Iota has paralyzed Honduran banana exports

The damages caused by the recent tropical storms in Honduras have forced the country's banana sector to temporarily suspend exports, stated Julio Morales, Agribusiness…

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Horticulture farmers reel under onslaught of Nivar, Burevi cyclones

Horticulture farmers in the district are ruing their fate as they have incurred a loss of ₹20 crore in the last ten days due to the impact of Nivar and Burevi cyclones, which…

Weather-upending La Niña is a headache for farmers around the world

The natural weather phenomenon, known as the cool sister of the better-known El Niño, occurs every few years. It is characterized by cooler-than-normal waters in the Pacific…

US citrus growers dodge freeze

Lindy Savelle received numerous calls and texts from relatively new southern Georgia citrus growers prior to a mild freeze the morning of Dec. 2. “They were asking, ‘What should I do?’” said Savelle, president of the Georgia Citrus Association. The new growers were concerned because lows of 26 and 28 that morning were the…

Recent rains affect potato productions in different Brazilian states

The strong storms and hail that hit several Brazilian states last week have impacted the country's potato production. The rains affected the plantations in the south of the…

Iota and Eta cause massive losses for Honduras' banana and palm crops

According to Hector Castro, a Honduran producer, independent producers have reported that the storms Eta and Iota ravaged 2,520 hectares of banana cultivation, a figure that…

Melons, rambutan and papaya

Hurricane Iota causes shipping delays for produce out of Guatemala and Honduras

This week, Central America faced another hurricane only two weeks after Hurricane Eta raged through the region. Making landfall on Monday evening in Nicaragua, Hurricane Iota moved through Honduras and eventually dissipated in El Salvador. While Iota was downgraded to a tropical storm shortly after…

Nature's Pride and Berries Price CO2 reduction targets acknowledged by the Science Based Targets Initiative

Nature’s Pride and Berries Pride are the first trading companies in the fruits and vegetables sector worldwide to have their greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets…

The damage caused by Eta in Honduras boosts the price of a box of Ecuadorian bananas above $7

The impact of storm Eta on the Honduran banana production as it passed through the country in early November, where it is estimated it affected some 10,000 hectares of crops,…

Maxim Balakarev - SkyEast UK

Combining Easychar with banana growing

Decarbonisation and sustainable farming are both hot topics just now and one of Sky East UK’s businesses is application of technology to reprocess organic waste to…

Just 15 miles south of where Hurricane Eta landed two weeks ago

Hurricane Iota makes landfall in Nicaragua

Hurricane Iota made landfall on the Atlantic side of Nicaragua on the evening of November 16th, only 15 miles south of where Hurricane Eta made landfall two weeks ago. Hurricane Iota landed at a Category 4 storm, though it has since been downgraded to a Tropical Storm and is moving along the coastline…

Lack of water poses a threat to the expansion of the avocado in Malaga

Avocado cultivation in Malaga has grown exponentially in recent decades. According to data from the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Food, the province has gone from having 50 avocado trees in 1943 to 1.5 million avocado trees in almost 7,000 hectares nowadays. This increase in the Andalusian…

The damage Eta caused to Honduras’ infrastructure affected the country’s citrus industry

Tropical depression Eta did not cause significant losses to Honduras' citrus production, but it generated serious problems in marketing the fruit, stated Rene Bendaña, a…

Maine's continued drought status may impact next spring

hot, dry summer that broke weather records may be just a memory, but more than half of Maine is still in moderate, severe or extreme drought, according to the map released…

Bolivian producers report drops of 50%

Drought impacts banana production in the Tropic of Cochabamba

The general advisor of Cochabamba's Agricultural Chamber (CAC), Rolando Morales, said that banana producers from the five municipalities of the Tropic of Cochabamba had…

Eta ravaged more than 22,000 hectares of crops as it passed through Guatemala

According to data from Guatemala's Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Food (MAGA) that was gathered up to November 9, the Eta tropical depression damaged 22,155 hectares…

Weather monitoring to improve table grape disease management in Western Australia

High-tech weather stations are being installed on four table grape properties across Western Australia's Swan Valley, South West and Gascoyne, as part of a new project to evaluate the accuracy of commercial disease risk prediction tools. There has been a proliferation of decision support applications in…

Heavy rains cause 62 million Euro in losses for Spanish Region of Valencia

Heavy rains recorded a few days ago in the Spanish Region of Valencia, especially in the coastal regions, have caused more than 62 million Euro in losses, taking into account crop losses, the extra costs of treatments to save the trees and the repairs of damaged infrastructures, according to a first…

Spain

Strong winds cause huge losses on western coast of Huelva

Hurricane-like winds have caused havoc in various parts of the western coast of the Spanish province of Huelva. Even though they lasted just a few minutes, the force of the…

Storm Eta wipes out half of Honduras' banana production

Tropical storm Eta has hit a country that was already hurting from the negative economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the productive sector. During the critical…

Hurricane Eta damage causes delays in exports from Honduras and Guatemala

On Tuesday November 3rd, Hurricane Eta made landfall in Nicaragua after having brought heavy rainfall to the region. After raging through Nicaragua, the hurricane hit Honduras and Guatemala and is currently heading for Florida, though it has since weakened to a tropical depression. Along with heavy…

What will happen when the glaciers, the country's main freshwater reserve, disappear?

Climate change threatens Peruvian agriculture

The powerful development of agriculture in Peru has allowed the country to become an important player in the global export of fruits and vegetables, leading the international…

Spain

Rains, hail and wind hit the Valencian regions of Ribera Baixa and Ribera Alta

After an emergency assessment, LA UNIÓ de Llauradors reported  that the storms that have just been recorded in the Valencian regions of Ribera Baixa and Ribera Alta have caused losses estimated at about 8 million Euro, and that without taking into account the damage caused by waterlogging in the fields. It…

Pascual Prats, president of the Spanish Kaki Association:

"The rain and hailstorms will cause a shortage of kakis in the coming days"

The storms that have been hitting the Spanish provinces of Valencia and Alicante since Wednesday have flooded fields and caused damage to crops such as kakis and citrus fruits. In just over 24 hours, more than 200 liters of water per square meter were recorded on the southern coast of Valencia, where…

Rain, hail, snow and labor issues

British Columbia apple growers feel the weight of 2020

To say that British Columbia apple growers had a challenging season would be an understatement. “We’ve seen hail—lots of hail—and through the summer, we saw cloudy, rainy weather. And to top the year off, we just had an early freeze with lots of snow and it’s all putting additional challenges in front of…

Hurricane Eta threatens rambutan plantations in Honduras

An extremely powerful Hurricane Eta is battering Northeastern Nicaragua. “It is moving very slowly and as a result, the storm has already brought torrential rain to Nicaragua and Honduras,” says Andres Ocampo with HLB Specialties. The catastrophic Category 4 storm made landfall in Nicaragua on Tuesday…

But 2020 rains might lead to bumper table grape harvest

Namibia: Agriculture industry hit by drought

The drought that plagued Namibia over the last two years has had dire consequences for the nation’s agricultural sector. However, the rains received in 2020 have restored…


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