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Hail causes heavy losses for Myanmar and Yunnan banana farmers

On the evening of February 17, hail and strong winds hit Myanmar and Yunnan's banana producing areas and banana farmers suffered  serious losses. Burmese hail lasted just 10 minutes   It is understood that the hail in Myanmar lasted for about 10 minutes. The disaster-affected center is mainly located in Santun Village, Mengmo County and Myitkyina Province. The un-bagged bananas…

Drought in South Africa makes fruit industry more resilient

Last season’s drought taught South Africans more than the importance of good water management, irrigation, mulching and other water-efficient techniques. It demonstrated the resilience of the deciduous fruit industry. Lessons of the 2017-18 drought Dutoit Agri’s Research and Development Manager, Willie Kotze: “The…

China: Continuous snowfall leads to hike in vegetable prices

Recently, Central China and South China have had a large amount of precipitation, which lasted for a long time. Roads were badly affected  resulting in delayed transportation. The…

Soft tips and cracking in recent weeks

Spain: Temperature swings cause damage to strawberries

Technicians of the Phytosanitary Alert and Information Network of Andalusia (RAIF) have confirmed that the sharp temperature swings recorded in recent weeks in Huelva's strawberry plantations have been causing damages to the fruit. To be precise, the main issues that are being detected are soft tips and…

Complications for Peruvian avocados due to heavy rainfall

The heavy rains in Peru continue to affect various regions of the country, so much so that the Government has declared a state of emergency in several districts of the departments of Tumbes, Piura, Lamabayeque, Cajamarca and La Libertad due to the imminent danger of floods and landslides, which,…

Frost severely reduced the production volume of Chinese tangerines

Tangerine orchards in Changde, Hunan, have suffered three episodes of cold weather and frost since the end of December. Nearly 67 thousand hectares of tangerine orchards were…

California rain causes harvesting to stop

For a period of five days over the last week, most of California saw extremely heavy rainfall, resulting in mud slides and flooding across the state. The heaviest of the rain was concentrated mainly along the length of the coast, while mountain areas recorded heavy snow. Strawberries affected One of the major impacts…

Freezing temperatures in US kept produce demand down

It certainly was very cold last week in the US with the Polar Vortex bringing freezing cold temperatures into central parts of the country. States such as Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan and the Dakotas experienced temperatures approaching -40 degrees Celsius, with wind chills even lower. For produce…

Orchards get sun smart in record heatwave

With temperatures soaring well above 40 degrees around Australia, the recent heatwave has once again raised the issue of sun protection for fruit. Options include everything…

North American growers coping with the polar vortex

"It definitely costs a lot more to operate a greenhouse"

"This is the number one reason why indoor farming makes sense," says Robert Colangelo from Green Sense Farms as he shows us the difference between dozens of centimeters of snow outside and freshly growing veggies inside his farm in Portage, Indiana. Temperature hits a minimum of -19F and there's a…

Spain: Asturian kiwifruit severely hit by floods

"The last flood put us in check," says Francisco Javier Feito, manager of Kiwiastur, who has kiwifruit plantations in Peñaullán. The sector's losses in the vegas of the Nalón have been "substantial". One of the most affected producers has been the firm Kiwinatur. Alejandro Lechado says they have lost "a…

University of New Brunswick

Research indicates negative effects of climate change on potato crops

A research team of the University of New Brunswick and the Agriculture and Agri-food Canada Potato Research Centre found a negative effect of climate change on multiple…

Bolivia: Two weeks without exporting bananas due to floods

The floods have badly affected banana exports; shipments to Argentina have been suspended for two weeks and the economic damage amounts to 10 million bolivianos.  "Unfortunately, the rain has wreaked havoc. There are quality standards that we must meet to make exports and these climatic conditions have definitely not allowed…

Letaba River fruit producers will be affected for at least 2 more seasons while the Tzaneen Dam is raised & capacity reduced to 65%

Dam delay plus low summer rainfall create uncertainty for Limpopo fruit growers

It’s cooler and wetter in northeast Limpopo than it has been for a while after rain this weekend but the Tzaneen Dam in the Letaba River is nevertheless lower than last week, a discomforting 12.7% full. The Middle Letaba Dam stands at about 6% (and hasn’t been close to capacity in a long time). The Tzaneen Dam is…

Weekend rain had minimal impact on Florida growers

Central and southern parts of Florida experienced moderately heavy rainfall over the past weekend, with two inches or more of rain recorded in some parts of the state. For the most part, growers welcomed the rainfall, as there was little damage reported, except for some minor production delays due to the…

Heatwave conditions takes a toll on Australian fruit and vegetable growers

Most parts of Australia have sweltered through a heatwave over the past fortnight, with daily temperatures regularly in the high-thirties to mid-forties. On Thursday, South Australia's Port Augusta reached 49.5 degrees, just 10 days after it created international headlines for reaching around 49 degrees at the…

Fields in at least three cities are flooded

Turkey: Heavy rainfalls damage crops

Three thousand hectares of agricultural land in the southern Turkish city of Mersin were flooded due to excessive rainfall. The Seyhan River was already high because of the water let off from the Seyhan Dam. With the excessive rainfall, both the highway connecting Adana to Tuzla neighborhood and the…

Mozambique's fourth largest city sees massive flooding

Heavy rains & high seas forecast as 'Desmond' hits Mozambique

The South African Weather Service on Monday warned about tropical storm 'Desmond', that would bring heavy rain and strong winds of up to 70km/h to Mozambique. This Tuesday,…

California rain delaying planting and harvesting

California has been receiving a tremendous amount of rain recently, with news reports of flooding in some areas. Although in general, producers in California are a little quieter right now than at other times of the year, there is still a lot of produce being grown throughout the state. Rainfall was…

Spain: Frosts cause damage in specific areas of Valencia

The frosts recorded in some areas of the Region of Valencia have so far caused some damages to crops like artichokes and citrus fruits, especially in cold areas of the…

Bolivia: Up to 10,000 hectares of bananas affected by floods

At least 10 thousand hectares of banana plantations were flooded in the Cochabamba tropic, causing millions in losses to the community and producers, the representatives of the Banana Union of the Cochabamba Tropic (Unaban) and the Agricultural Chamber of Cochabamba (CAC) reported yesterday. The governor of Cochabamba,…

Spain: The first frosts cause more than €3.7 million in losses for Murcia's crops

The first frosts of winter affected a total of 6,548 hectares and caused damage worth more than 3.7 million euros, stated the Minister of Agriculture, Miguel Angel del Amor. The economic damage amounted to more than 3,760,000 euros, which is a very high figure for the first wave of cold, according to the minister. The…

Farmers encouraged to plant high-value crops

Filipinos are bracing for El Niño

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAG-ASA) has stated that Visayas -one of the three principal geographical divisions of the…

No issues regarding fruits

Italy: High veg prices due to bad weather

Weather is like a jester, in Italy. The North is fighting against drought, while the Centre and the South are experiencing strong and persistent rains and snowfalls. In the coming days, temperatures are expected to rise, with snow present only at high altitudes and strong winds, especially in the…

Carlos Arenes: "Frosts can be controlled without damaging the crop"

"Seeking to maximize profitability, growers increasingly plant in areas with unsuitable climates"

"Seeking to maximize profitability, growers are increasingly planting their crops in areas with inadequate climates. As a result, they sometimes suffer from extreme heat in summer and other times from very cold temperatures in winter. The lack of profitability is leading us to take more and more risks,…

"If the frosts continue, the damage could become catastrophic"

Spain: More than 40% of vegetables damaged by cold weather in Guadalentin

The agricultural professional organization ASAJA Murcia estimates that the cold has taken a severe toll on the horticultural crops of the Guadalentín Valley, especially in Lorca, Totana, and also in Fuente Álamo. More than 40% of lettuce, artichokes and beans have been lost due to the cold. As explained by the…

Produce price is increasing as a consequence of bad weather

Prices suddenly increased as a consequence of a shortages.  Many different productions experienced such an increase, especially the southern ones. Emile Fellini confirmed this current trend. He is the co-owner of the “Fellini Patrizio” marketing company. Fennels packaged by Fellini Fellini stated, “We were expecting supplying issues as persistent…

Artichokes, lettuce and broccoli

Spain: More than 300 hectares in Murcia affected by first frosts

The first frosts of the winter have taken a toll on crops in the Spanish county of Guadalentín. Products such as artichokes, lettuce and broccoli have been affected by the temperature drop, raising concerns amongst growers in the municipalities of Alhama de Murcia, Lorca, Totana and Librilla. The Councilor of Agriculture…

A crop worth £10 million a year

UK: Warmer winters endangering blackcurrants

The ever increasing warmer winters may not provide sufficient chill hours for blackcurrants in the UK, delaying the start of the growing season and resulting in reduced yields…

South Italy: Frost did not cause much damage

Low pressure coming from Northern Europe did not affect southern Italian produce much. FreshPlaza contacted Gianfranco Romano, regional president of Coldiretti Matera, in order to better understand the current situation. “The lower temperatures were not a big issue. Even though the temperatures reached -1.5°C, citrus…

Spain: Almost 4 million kilos of Canary bananas lost due to recent wind storms

Between 22 and 24 December, the Canary Islands activated a yellow alert due to strong winds, waves and the calima. According to the reports made so far, the winds caused losses in 1,752 hectares of banana plantations in the Canary Islands, with most of the municipalities where the fruit is grown being affected; however, everything…

Sicily affected by frost

Sicily has to deal with the damage caused by the snow and frost that have affected the entire regional territory during a particularly troublesome year. Artichoke field near Vittoria (RG). Snow and frost have incredibly reached sea level on the night between 4th and 5th January and temperatures dropped to -5°C in southern Sicily. After the recent flood, which…

UF/IFAS

University of Florida experts: Florida growers ready for freezes

When the next frost threatens Florida’s crops, growers will do their best to make sure your favorite foods are protected from the potentially crippling chill, say University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences experts. For example, citrus growers use wind machines and micro-sprinklers to ensure…

Spain: First frosts recorded in Murcia

Very cold nights are being recorded in the Region of Murcia, with low temperatures during almost the entire Christmas holiday. In the night of last Wednesday, the temperatures…

Saline water an environmental necessity to overcome desertification

The Abu Dhabi Farmers' Service Centre, ADFSC, and the International Centre for Biosaline Agriculture, ICBA, have agreed to promote cooperation on projects aimed at improving…

Garlic and asparagus

Mexico: Thousands of hectares affected by snow in Sonora

The heavy snowfall left by the fifth and sixth winter storms of the season, as well as the extreme cold, generated frost damage in thousands of crops throughout the state of Sonora. The weather mainly affected the garlic and asparagus crops in the mountains and the north of the state; as well as vegetable and legume…

US vegetable imports to slow after snow hits desert

Supplies of vegetables coming through Nogales are expected to slow down over the next week after cold weather and snow impacted the desert regions the last few days. Heavy snowfall and temperatures approaching 0 degrees Celsius were reported for much of the region and a number of US importers are…

Heavy snowfall in Greece, could lead to higher kiwi volumes

Greece suddenly has to deal with major snowfall. Although this could be a bad thing for many growers of various fruits and veggies, for Zeus the snow couldn’t have come at a better time. The harvesting of the kiwis has been over for quite some time, but the cold temperature means the company has a great…

Colombia: Banana producers prepare for El Niño

Colombia's most important banana producers' association has alerted producers about the arrival of El Niño phenomenon and invited them to take all preventive measures for the…

Impact of 2018 heatwave on British farming

For some in the UK, the heatwave was a nightmare for their livelihoods; farmers have struggled with everything from burnt fields under the scorching sun to droughts putting livestock at risk. Just how far has the damage spread, and how long will the effects last? Impact on crops Crops need a few things to survive,…

Agriculture in the northern Himalayas will feel the effects of climate change

Already, unseasonal rain and snowfall are impacting agriculture in Himachal Pradesh. Normal snowfall at the right time is beneficial to winter crops. It helps in root…

APAL:

Growers and government still assessing the damage cause by hailstorms

Coming just weeks after hailstorms swept the Adelaide Hills region, heavy midnight storm systems over Orange, NSW, dumped 20 millimeters of rain in just 14 minutes with far higher rainfall totals recorded over the December 13 – 14 period. Accompanied by hail and heavy winds, apple and cherry crops were heavily impacted.…

Institute’s Biomathematics and Statistics Scotland

‘Warm winters endanger £10 mln a year UK blackcurrant crop’

Aberdeen’s James Hutton Institute claims that rising temperatures may delay the start of the growing season, producing less fruit and reducing quality. Big brands like Ribena…

Farmers in Mersin try to salvage what's left of their devastated crops

Turkey: Harvest in the fields after heavy rain

Farmers in Tarsus, a town based to the south of Turkish city Mersin, began harvesting their products in the fields damaged by heavy rains. As fields are flooded, farmers in Tarsus started an early harvest to salvage their products. Not only did the heavy rains flood the greenhouse lands, it also disrupted everyday life…

They request more aid for medium-sized producers affected by the hailstorms

Chile: Fedefruta explains impact of hailstorms to the Senate

Fedefruta went to the Senate's Agriculture Committee to inform it about the damage fruit producers affected by the hailstorm in November had, and request financial and technical assistance to medium-sized producers, as they are the most vulnerable to these problems. The goal was to promote actions to…

Pepper plants suffer severe damage, some bananas were crushed

China: Egg-sized hailstones in Jinghexiang, Yunnan

An innocent rain shower in Jinghaxiang, Yunnan, suddenly turned into a hailstorm at around six in the afternoon of December 9th. Local agricultural production areas suffered severe damage, and local farmers suffered severe losses. Local news reports damage to 50 houses and more than 26 hectares of crops.…

Fourth IPCC Assessment Report on climate change

Wet season changes could harm 'vulnerable' Africa

According to a new study, ever delayed and more intense rainy seasons across parts of Africa, due to climate change, could have damaging consequences. The fourth Intergovernmental Panel on…

Early winter storm challenges trucking in Southeastern U.S.

Following an unusual and surprising winter storm over the weekend, growers and produce handlers and others in the Southeastern U.S. say it could have been worse. After dumping anywhere from…

Wet weather has upside for New Zealand-grown produce

Difficult spring weather is likely to have a positive flip side for New Zealand-grown apricots, peaches, plums, nectarines and cherries which are now beginning to appear in store. Summerfruit NZ says pollination in some crops has been patchy and, combined with the recent wet weather, means overall crop…

Losses from hurricane Irma affect Alico’s annual figures

Hurricane Irma resulted in a considerably smaller harvest for American company Alico. The company is active in various sectors, including the production of citrus. The…

Egypt: Nile Delta under threat from climate change

Egypt's Nile Delta, the country's agricultural heartland containing much of its vital freshwater resources, is under threat from a warming climate. The fertile arc-shaped…

Environment Minister Ricardo Lozano:

‘El Niño may cut Colombia's rainfall by 80 percent in early 2019’

In the first quarter of 2019, the El Niño weather phenomenon could reduce rainfall in Colombia by 80 percent, according to the country’s environment minister. This would cause…


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