Stefano Lugli

The time has come to only think about protected fruit orchards

After the frost of mid-March 2021, the frost of the past week caused serious damage to the fruit-growing potential of northern Italy. Stefano Lugli, experimenter at the University of Modena and Reggio and breeder of some of the most renowned cherry varieties, illustrates his point of view.   "I believe the time…

Frost hits southern Italy

Out-of-season frost has caused great damage not only in northern Italy, but also in the rest of the country. The umpteenth harsh drop in temperatures between April 8th and 9th affected Basilicata, Campania, Apulia and Calabria as well, damaging stone fruit, kiwifruits and vegetables. Basilicata"We knew a cold front was coming,…

France: Fruit sector impacted by frost

Producers have been worried since the frost episodes that hit France last week. With significant, maybe even total losses for some sectors, consumers are likely to see fruit…

French apricot prices soar due to frost

In the French region of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, which produces half of France’s apricots, 95% of the apricots have been destroyed by frost, especially in the departments of…

Cold snap is disastrous for Slovenian fruit crops

The cold snap that hit Slovenia last week caused damage to all types of fruit orchards, as well as disrupting the development of vineyards, olive groves and legumes. The…

Salling Group

Netto tests climate labeling to help consumers make conscious choices

Netto will be the first retail chain in Denmark to help customers make more climate-conscious choices through climate labeling of food. This is being done in a pilot in selected stores, where signage and labeling of the products leads customers to the less climate-damaging alternatives. The goal is to…

France: Cherry producers face the cold

Cherry producers are worried about losses, after the record cold temperatures on Monday night in the region of Orléans. With temperatures down to -5.4°, losses could reach…

The scenario in the north of Italy

From Piedmont to Tuscany, heavy losses of stone fruit and damages to kiwi and pome fruits

The low temperatures in the north of Italy are causing increasing concern. Below is a partial statement of damage, for each region. PiedmontIn the Monregalese area, in the province of Cuneo, the fruit-growing area par excellence, temperatures have dropped to -3 °, with conspicuous frosts together with…

The frost in Spain in the third weekend of March caused damage worth 55 million euro

According to the claims reports received by Agroseguros, the abrupt drop in temperatures and frosts recorded during the weekend of March 19 to 21 in Spain affected nearly…

Temperatures well below freezing

Alarm for apple and cherry trees in Trentino

In the Italian Val di Non valley, in Trentino, temperatures were below zero on the morning of 7 April 2021, marking -7 °C in the coldest areas and -4 °C in the middle valley. The drop in temperature was confirmed by the local producers Fabrizio Zadra and Matteo Dal Piaz. Photo by Andrea Bonn "There is some…

IFG celebrates 20th anniversary

IFG, table grape innovator known for breeding and licensing, celebrates two decades of advancing the premium fruit-breeding industry. The company that has widely been recognized for inventing the…

New problems will compromise crop storage as planet heats up

About 25% of the nation's potato chips get their start in Michigan, where reliably cool air during September harvest and late spring has been ideal for crop storage. That's a…

Potato producers worried about lack of rain

Selenella increased its sales volumes by approximately 15% (data still being defined) - an impulse choice to maintain the area destined to potato cultivation unaltered. But there is some worry concerning the lack of rain.  "Transplants will be over in ten days' time and we have more or less confirmed the areas…

Il Girasole

Lower temperatures boost citrus fruit consumption

The high temperatures in Sicily seem to be over as the temperatures are starting to drop. This will benefit citrus in more ways than one. "The return of the cold weather is good for the citrus market, for both the shelf life and, on the other hand, the upturn in consumption, especially of juices. This…

Frosts destroy apricot production in Caravaca, Murcia

The frosts caused by a sharp drop in temperatures last weekend impacted fruit production in different parts of Spain. In the Region of Murcia, the frosts ruined the entire…

Spain

Severe frosts in fruit growing areas of Lleida and Huesca

Last weekend, severe frosts were recorded in the stone fruit producing areas of Lleida and Huesca, in Spain. While temperatures fell below 0ºC during the nights of Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the most severe and longest frost was the one on the night of Saturday. The sector's prospects for the campaign…

In the last year, the Kilimo digital platform has helped save 30 billion liters of water in 10 countries

"We promote the democratization of intelligent irrigation management"

Latin American agriculture has faced a megadrought that has spread in this part of the world for almost a decade. Water is essential for agricultural production and food security. 80% of the water available for human consumption in this region is used for food production. “The reality varies in the 8…

France: Frost again in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence

The frost has returned to the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, which is quite usual at this time of year. But in the middle of the flowering period, the frost could cause significant…

Spain

Sudden temperature drops may further reduce the supply of leafy vegetables

The sudden temperature drops in southeastern Spain could further reduce the already low supply of leafy vegetables, broccoli and cauliflower in Europe. The volumes of these products are lower than usual due to the impact of the weather in Spain and Italy. The passage of storms, rains, frosts and…

France: heat from candles for the Lavaur orchards (Tarn)

In the French department of the Tarn, some fruit producers are planning to keep their orchards warm using stearin candles, in order to fight against the cold and potential…

Kenya sees food prices rise due to low rain

Prices of household food items are on the rise due to the extended dry months of January to early March. Prices of cabbages, kales, avocado, capsicum, spinach, garlic and…

"This project reframes the role of technology into climate adaptation"

The technology pilot projects helping farmers adapt to climate change and gain economic benefits

A digital agriculture pilot being run by the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries is already giving horticulture farmers the confidence to change their operations for not just an economic benefit, but a benefit in terms of adapting to climate change. Dr Allen Benter leads the Climate-Smart…

Spot price rises to $11

Almost 800 hectares of bananas in Ecuador were affected by cold, rains, and ash

The weather and the ash spewed by the recent eruption of the Sangay volcano will affect Ecuador's banana supply in the coming months. According to banana producers from Los…

Snowstorm affects peaches and spring potatoes

Greek strawberry production increased by 15%

Greece dealt with an intense snow storm in February, the effects of which will decrease production for several Greek products. Both the early varieties of peaches as well as spring potatoes will have lesser production this season. At the same time the demand for Greek strawberries, has been increasing…

February snow and storms in Israel: Over 6.25 million euros in damages

Although the snow that covered Jerusalem and the Golan Heights mid-February was a sight to behold, the storm that went along with it brought great harm to Israel’s…

The Zaragoza method has proven to be successful

Almond trees in full bloom 10 days earlier compared to 2020

A spectacular and suggestive scenario of almond tree blossoming is currently happening in Apulia. "The absence of a real winter, followed by temperatures above the seasonal average recorded in the last week, has only accelerated the vegetative awakening of the plants by about 10 days compared to 2020.…

Mark Greenberg of Capespan North America:

“The grape losses in Chile are far greater than originally expected”

A month after the rains hit Chile, the estimates of the overall losses have become a bit clearer. Unfortunately, the news isn’t positive. Mark Greenberg of Capespan North America shares: “It seems that the assessment of the tonnage lost is substantially worse than initially thought. I think that in the…

Onions and cabbage crops may recover from the Texas freeze

As assessments of Texas crops continue more than a week after the state was plunged into an unusual deep freeze causing significant state-wide damage, it’s becoming clear that some crops have fared better than others following the weather event. “The only thing I know that survived was onions, cabbage…

Thanks to the spring weather strawberries increased by more than 20% in just a few days

The African anticyclone is warming up the entire Italian peninsula, and it will continue until next weekend, especially in central and southern regions. "We need such a mild climate on a more consistent basis, as it is precisely the factor that has allowed us to seasonally adjust our strawberry…

No substantial crop losses

Cold weather will likely cause a delayed peak for Louisiana strawberry season

Texas wasn’t the only state hit hard by the winter weather this month. Louisiana, while it didn’t see the snowstorms Texas did, saw temperatures well below freezing. For the strawberry growers who are concentrated around the southeastern part of the state, this has caused some losses, but since the…

Ernst Slabbekoorn, frostfans.eu, the Netherlands

"Mobile night frost machine is quiet and protects crops well against night frost”

In recent years, between March and May, many European growers have had to increasingly deal with night frost. Since last year, Swift International has been distributing mobile night frost control machines. These are developed and manufactured in New Zealand. As a distributor, Swift International works…

Texas logistics stabilize, crop damage still being assessed

While the weather in Texas is currently back up to comfortable levels, the cold snap of last week has caused many challenges for the produce industry. Not only are growers heavily affected by the cold which has been damaging their crops, but the logistics in the region were also impacted. Logistics: delays…

Bogdány Petrol Ltd.

Protecting the orchards with anti-frost candles

Bogdány Petrol is producing special, paraffin based wax and oil products for the pharmaceutical, cosmetic, wood, metal, cable, printing and fertilizer industries world-wide. The company has a wide ranging experience and capability to customize solutions in addition to their wide range of  petroleum jelly,…

Freshfel Europe kick-starts collective pan-European environmental footprint initiative

Yesterday afternoon Freshfel Europe reviewed the latest state of play of environmental footprint initiatives in the fresh produce industry with its members and decided to move…

Unseasonal rains in India cause huge losses to grape farmers

India dealt with unseasonal rains last Thursday, causing some significant losses for the grape farmers in this region. According to one exporter these unseasonal rains are the result of environmental impacts on a global scale and he suggests we change our habits quickly in favor of sustainability.…

For the provinces of San Felipe and Los Andes in the region of Valparaiso

Chile declares an agricultural emergency

Maria Emilia Undurraga, the Minister of Agriculture, declared an agricultural emergency for the provinces of Los Andes and San Felipe as a way to support the farmers affected by the last weather front that affected the country's south-central area. “After evaluating the damage caused by the weather in…

Extreme winter weather in Texas

“It’s the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre for Texas produce”

Throughout the past few days, the cold weather hitting Texas has been unprecedented. The temperatures have been record-breaking along with hazardous amounts of ice and snow. Because this weather is so unusual for the state, there have been many challenges. Deborah Dijkhuizen of Delina Fresh, who have a…

"The season won't be as early as last year"

In Spain, the stone fruit trees are blooming

Parts of Europe are currently bitterly cold. But, in Spain, farmers are already preparing for the summer fruit season. Paul van Groningen of Greenfood Iberica shares these photos. They are of the peach and nectarine trees in his grower's orchards, already in bloom. "The season should be normal. It began really…

Chilean fruit and vegetable import and export values figures to the Netherlands

Last year's drought caused lag in Chilean avocado exports

The Chilean public research institute, ODEPA, recently released figures. These show that agricultural products trade between the Netherlands and Chile follow global trends. Dutch agro-goods exports rose slightly by 3,7%. The import of Chilean agro-products, however, declined sharply, by -17.5%. The trade…

Red alert at several retail stores:

"Current weather conditions are presenting us with challenges in some regions"

The chaos caused by the snow that has covered parts of Germany has also left its mark on the food trade. However, the effects were kept within narrow limits, as several retail…

Trade at Rungis slowed down by bad weather

“80% of our clients did not come because of the snow”

Snow has fallen this week in several French departments, especially in the west, north and east of the country. 33 departments have been placed on alert for cold, snow and ice on Wednesday at 10am. The night deliveries went well, but we are now more concerned about the trucks that need to go back and…

Harris Farm Markets get down and dirty to combat climate change

Australian fresh food supply is in jeopardy, with continual soil degradation from traditional farming practices reducing the number of harvests left from homegrown soil to…

Uganda

Lemon and ginger prices lowering in Kampala

There is a significant drop in demand and price for lemons and ginger across Kampala markets. This stems from a decline in the use of lemons and ginger by residents to boost…

Export prices to China won't be affected

Chilean fruit production facing 50% losses

The recent severe weather in central Chile has directly impacted the fruit growing industry, bringing severe losses to peaches, grapes, and blueberries. According to the…

Christian Corssen of CFSM on Chile’s rains:

“Thompson green seedless is hit the hardest with 50-100% losses”

About a week after the heavy rains in Chile, the extent of the damage on the grape industry has become a bit clearer – though a revised estimate for the season will be released in the coming week, which should further clarify the total losses. So far, it is believed that the later varieties might have…

Second ASOEX Report: "There will be a lower production and export volume"

The effects of the intense rains in the Chilean fruit sector are getting worse

The intense rains registered in the central and southern areas of the country, which in some cases included hail, have had serious consequences on seasonal fruit crops, such as blueberries, table grapes, and stone fruit trees. Based on information from the technical teams deployed to the different…

California growers more than welcome the rain

“It’s half a year’s rain in three days.” So says James Shanley of Shanley Farms in Morro Bay, CA of the rain and storms that California saw in the latter half of last week. “All of it is very welcome. The recharge this represents is phenomenal,” adds Shanley. “When you get a rain like this, the root…


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