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Chilean fruit exports could decrease by 8% due to the drought

Chile has had alarmingly low levels of rainfall because of the drought it's experiencing and the agricultural sector is having to take these low levels into account in its…

The storms in Albacete affect the quality and volumes of leafy vegetables

There will be lettuce and spinach supply issues in the next two weeks

The main leafy vegetable-producing areas in Albacete were affected by a strong hailstorm on Thursday, September 16. According to industry sources, the hail caused damage to many crops, such as romaine lettuce, spinach, and baby lettuce crops. The fields accumulated large amounts of water, as more than 40…

First effects of the storm

A storm in the Valencian Community affected more than 20,000 tons of persimmons and citrus fruits

This week's storm in the Valencian Community has already had its first effects on agriculture. According to a provisional estimate of the Valencian Association of Farmers (Ava-Asaja), which was carried out in anticipation of new rainfall in the coming days, the rains have been generally beneficial for…

Central Africa

Researching climate-smart strategies for root, tuber and banana crops

Root, tuber and banana (RT&B) crops are widely cultivated across sub-Saharan Africa. The extensive planting of RT&B crops highlights their adaptive nature, but a team of…

The impacts of drought are already here

This summer, onion farmers in eastern Oregon and western Idaho faced a double threat to their livelihood. Even though most farmers had access to plenty of irrigation water, a lack of spring rain and hotter-than-normal summer temperatures hampered production.A dry spring resulted in fewer onions…

France: Cauliflower and artichokes become victims of the weather in Pas-de-Calais

The frost and the rains have severely impacted fruit productions, but vegetables have also suffered some losses. In Clairmarais (Pas-de-Calais), the Morel brothers are…

Regarding 2020 locust and cyclone damages

Horn of Africa pays the cost of interlinked disasters

The large swarm of locusts which hit the Horn of Africa in the Spring of 2020, and cyclone Amphan, which struck the border region of India and Bangladesh in May of that year,…

Instacrops develops Instafrost

Agtech Instacrops launch a solution that predicts frost 12 hours in advance with more than 90% accuracy

Chile's winter months are usually very cold and Chilean farmers are worried about a possible frost as the country's streets are frozen and Chile's central area is facing temperatures of nearly -5ºC. Even though many producers have systems or techniques to mitigate the effects of low temperatures on…

Storm destroys agricultural infrastructure and citrus and vegetable crops in the north of Castellon

Ava-Asaja warned that the storm that hit the Region of Valencia, which brought torrential rains, lightning and strong wind gusts, has caused localized damage to the agricultural sector, especially in the Castellon region of Baix Maestrat and in the northern part of the term of Vinaròs, bordering Alcanar,…

The most affected area was Vinaròs-Benicarló, in the district of Maestrat

The rains of the last five days didn't cause widespread damage in Valencia's countryside but affected some areas

According to La Unió de Llauradors, the torrential rains of the last five days didn't cause widespread damage in the Valencian countryside. However, they did cause localized and serious damage in certain areas, such as Vinaròs-Benicarló, Pedralba, and some towns of Plana Baixa, mainly. In the latter areas…

France: too much humidity for beets and potatoes in Picardy

The harvests should start in a month and producers in the Somme department are worried. This summer’s rainfall has favored the appearance of diseases on potatoes and beets.  Usually, the French region of Hauts-de-France produces nearly half of the 400,000 tons of beets harvested each year in France, but 2021…

Harvest may be delayed

Sweet potato growers hope for the best following Hurricane Ida

Following Hurricane Ida, which landed Sunday as a Category 4 hurricane and has since been downgraded to a tropical depression, sweet potato growers for the most part are waiting to find out what the effects of the weather event are. In Mississippi, some sweet potato growing areas have received 4+ inches…

What is causing the mega-drought in Chile?

A mass of warm water in the south of the Pacific located east of New Zealand could be behind the mega-drought that Chile has suffered for more than a decade, as it could…

Fresh produce industry likely not unscathed

Hurricane Ida made landfall in Louisiana

Hurricane Ida made landfall near Port Fourchon, Louisiana, early Sunday afternoon. According to the National Hurricane Center, it is an extremely dangerous Category 4 hurricane with winds up to 150 mph. The Center warned about catastrophic storm surge, extreme winds and flash flooding in southeastern…

Fedefruta: "We find it incredibly valuable that resources are allocated to help producers"

Chile declares agricultural emergency due to water deficit in four regions

The Federation of Fruit Producers of Chile (Fedefruta) has highly valued the Ministry of Agriculture's recent declaration of agricultural emergency due to the water deficit in…

Ingenious farmers will show new level of creativity

What’s ahead for California and water?

With severe to exceptional drought affecting approximately 95 percent of California, questions are emerging about what lies ahead for this state’s agricultural near future. Matt Dusi of San Francisco, CA-based Wells Fargo’s food & agribusiness industry advisors team notes that as growers moved into 2021,…

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Climate change is affecting Massachusetts cranberry harvests

In southeastern Massachusetts, sources claim climate change is hurting cranberry growers. Shifts in the growing season are throwing off farmer’s schedules, and changes to…

The latest rain and hailstorm in Castilla-La Mancha affected more than 6,000 hectares

According to Agroseguro, the strong rain and hail storm in Castilla-La Mancha on August 24 affected more than 3,800 plots and more than 6,000 hectares in the autonomous…

Citrus growers worried about lack of water in Corsica

Since the 9th of July, the French department of Upper-Corsica has been placed in a state of drought vigilance by the prefecture. Some restriction measures have been taken for…

Ecologists in Action warn:

"Murcia consumes more than double the water it produces naturally"

"Desertification in itself isn't caused by climate change, it's caused by the misuse of land and water. Global warming only intensifies it," stated Ruben Vives, one of the…

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South Africa's heavy carbon footprint could become a shackle

A replay of the chaos (or 'insurrection', as many call it) that was rumoured to take place yesterday fortunately didn't materialise, but the South African Police Service took no chances, tightening security at police stations which were fearing "imminent attack" and defence force soldiers patrolling…

Drought leads Cordovan garlic growers to make a move this season

The uncertainty about the water supply for the next garlic season has led some agricultural producers in the province of Cordoba to make a move and look for new growing areas…

Malaysia

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee to assist durian farmers during lockdown

The Sarawak Disaster Management Committee is intent on working out a mechanism for durian farmers in areas under Covid-19 lockdown to bring out their fruits to the market. Its…

Extreme temperatures in Spain due to recent heat wave accelerated stone fruit ripening in Aragon

The high temperatures recorded last week in Spain due to the intense heat wave have accelerated the ripening of stone fruit in the region of Aragon, bringing the end of the…

Climate events and changing weather patterns are already impacting food crops and supply

Following the UN's latest report regarding the impact of global warming evidence from Tridge shows how climate events and changing weather patterns are already impacting food…

Fedefruta and the Government will attend a work table to address the water crisis in Chilean fruit growing

Chilean fruit growers are extremely alarmed about the water crisis that has affected Chile for more than a decade, as it could play a decisive role in the future of the…

India: Storm damages the apple crop in Mandi

A storm caused considerable damage to the apple crop in Seraj area in Mandi district on Sunday, and has put the orchardists in distress. The apple crop in the region was ready for harvesting, but the sudden change in weather and strong winds damaged the orchards in the area. Govind, Tilak Raj and many…

"Spain should make an effort to plan the use of water to ensure yields in agriculture"

Climate change is a reality and the Mediterranean is one of the global hot spots

The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), prepared by 234 authors from 66 countries, leaves no room for doubt: climate change is happening…

California's deepening drought threatens its $6 billion almond industry

As temperatures recently reached triple digits, farmer Joe Del Bosque inspected the almonds in his parched orchard in California’s agriculture-rich San Joaquin Valley, where a…

Bananas in Sicily: the climate crisis reshapes the geography of agriculture

The average annual temperature in Sicily, such as in the north of France or the south of England, has increased by a degree or more over the past 30 years. Seems low? This was…

Taiwan agricultural losses hit nearly NT$577 million due to heavy rains

Heavy rains over the past few weeks had caused an estimated NT$576.84 million (US$20.71 million) in damage to crops as of Sunday. Recent torrential rains have mostly affected farmers living in the central and southern parts of the nation, with those in Chiayi County experiencing around NT$125.32 million…

Sicily is burning

The weather in Sicily is extremely hot. A large part of the population is apparently on holiday, while another part continues to work in the fields to ensure food supplies for the population. Archive photo Like all farmers around the world, Sicilian producers are used to working in extreme climatic conditions, but this summer the…

"The agricultural and fruit world is kind of in a state of shock regarding this tremendous problem"

Chile's water crisis continues to deepen

According to the latest water balance of the Ministry of Public Works (MOP), the month of July 2021 has not only been the warmest in the last 72 years, but also one of the…

Frosts in Brazil affect most of the country's potato-producing regions

In the first week of August, the average price of washed Agata-type potatoes stood at R $ 91.11 (weighted by their classification), i.e. 69.6 % higher than the R $ 53.70 price…

Zimbabwe: Climate change forces horticultural sector to adapt

At the turn of the new millennium, Zimbabwe’s Beitbridge District has been known to have a great livestock production. However, crop production, especially the horticulture…

Limpopo tomatoes and peppers severely damaged by freeze, then sunburn

In the week following the civil unrest, a very widespread frost damaged tomatoes across Limpopo Province. The frost was accompanied by a breeze, from Ellisras, Alldays, Waterpoort, all the way to Pontdrift (close to Botswana) and Weipe (close to Zimbabwe), affecting many tomato producers. Right: cold…

UN IPCC report

"Climate change widespread, rapid, and intensifying"

Scientists are observing changes in the Earth’s climate in every region and across the whole climate system, according to the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change…

Flooding concerns Belgian vegetable processors

Parts of Europe recently suffered extreme weather, resulting in flooding. This affected the agricultural sector. Vegebe, the Belgian vegetable processors federation, is very…

Christian Befve, Befve &Co:

“For the asparagus, we have the tools to adapt to climate change”

The French asparagus season has now come to an end. Christian Befve, internationally renowned asparagus expert, founder and manager of the consulting company Befve &Co, takes a look back at the highlights of the season and the solutions to be implemented for better productivity. “Overall, this year was…

Harm Valckx: "It took all we had to prevent a dike breach"

True extent of flood damage in parts of the Netherlands becoming ever-clearer

The waters are now subsiding in parts of the Netherlands. And as the days pass, the excessive rainfall and high water levels' impact is becoming ever-clearer. Eric Huids chairs the Dutch Fruit Growers Association (NFO) Limburg branch. He's noted damage to sweet and sour cherry, redcurrant, and ripe plum…

Bad weather hits the Gargano area in Apulia

Hundreds of hectares of vegetables, vineyards, watermelons and melons were flooded as the roads turned into rivers and facilities were destroyed by the bad weather front that hit the Gargano area (Apulia) on July 19th, 2021.  Flooded tomato crops Around 24 hours after the extreme weather events, FreshPlaza…

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Help and sympathy for those affected by the storm

"I'm standing on my lettuce field and the water is ankle high. It's clear that no more lettuce will grow here," organic farmer Heinz Höneisen from Andelfingen in Canton Zurich…

A step in the right direction for South Africa

Agri SA welcomes national drought disaster declaration

Urgent requests of farmers in drought-stricken areas of the Western, Northern and Eastern Cape provinces for drought relief have had their effect. Agri SA welcomes the…

ClimateAi to tackle $1.3 trillion in climate risk across supply chains

New platform launched to provide actionable insights in climate risk

ClimateAi, a pioneer in applying artificial intelligence to climate risk modelling, today announced the launch of its Enterprise Climate Planning (ECP) platform. The ClimateAi ECP platform offers enterprises actionable insights around climate risk, tailored to their supply chains. The launch coincides…

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Gartenbau-Versicherung strongly advises elementary insurance

After the floods: devastation, mud and shock

Devastating images of totally destroyed towns, country roads and bridges have been circulating in the media since Thursday, July 15. Since Tuesday, an area of heavy rain brought enormous amounts of precipitation, especially to the west of North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate. Streams and…

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Knowing how to manage heatwaves makes the difference

"People talk about unprecedented low or high temperatures every year, but maybe this year will indeed be remembered for the high temperatures, as they skyrocketed to over 45°C in various parts of Sicily with very strong winds which have caused the 'hairdryer effect' on crops. Nonetheless, we have managed…

UK labour situation dire

Hot weather not affecting crops in Cornwall

This week Cornwall has seen temperatures of 30 degrees Celsius, which according to Greville Richards, Managing Director at Southern England Farms, is totally unheard of. However, despite the high temperatures crops on the farms have not been adversely affected as there is plenty of moisture in the soil…

Giel Hermans: “That it happened in the middle of summer is most bizarre”

Flooding decimates full soil vegetable fields in parts of the Netherlands

"Unbelievable; I've experienced a lot, but this was so strange," says Giel Hermans. He grows sweet corn in Kessel, the Netherlands. That was his reaction to the severe weather that hit the Dutch province of Limburg in recent days. He lost 15 hectares of maize. "That's now been underwater for more than 48…

Mörgeli Obstbau

Thunderstorms in Switzerland and Germany:

Mörgeli: "Our entire orchard was destroyed"

Farm manager Markus Mörgeli from Mörgeli Obstbau in Aesch spoke about a total loss of his harvest: "Last Tuesday, our entire orchard was completely destroyed by the storm. Here in Switzerland, we unfortunately do not have many possibilities to have the damage compensated, as trees cannot be insured in…

Peter Durlet, Depa-Fruit, Belgium:

"Every last uncovered cherry's been ruined"

There has been a deluge of rain in Belgium recently. It's had disastrous consequences for the fruit and vegetable farming sector. The damage to cherries and full soil fruit and vegetables, in particular, has been immense. "There's been a tremendous amount of rain in the heart of Belgian cherry-growing…

Pinduoduo Food Systems Forum

"Technology has big role to play in making agriculture climate-smart"

For centuries, farmers in India could count on groundwater to irrigate their fields. That has changed dramatically just in the past decade as the water table dropped and farmers found themselves paying to irrigate their fields.  That is one of the most visible impact of climate change on agriculture that Shashank…

Adriaan van Belzen (Daily Onions) and Loek Smets (P. Smets) react to the severe weather

Dutch onion exporter suddenly in the middle of a disaster area

Daily Onions in Valkenburg, the Netherlands, is usually fairly anonymous in the fruit and vegetable sector. Not so, last week. Severe weather meant the spotlight fell fully on this Dutch town. "We were suddenly in the middle of a disaster area. The Queen walked right past our door," says Adriaan van Belzen. The…

New York state

Rain is causing worries for Capital Region farmers

New York’s Capital Region has seen measurable rain almost every day so far this month, along with several severe storms. After Wednesday’s storm dumped more than four inches…

'Commission drafts are unworkable'

Landvolk accuses EU of lack of realism regarding climate protection

Landvolk Niedersachsen considers the drafts presented by the EU Commission on July 14 as not implementable in Germany. According to the drafts "Fit for 55", the EU member…

Pear crops were one of the most affected, mainly in the Altiplano (Jumilla)

The extreme heat in the Region of Murcia had devastating effects on the crops

Producers in the Region of Murcia will see throughout this week the devastating effects that the extreme meteorological phenomenon that affected the Community last Monday. On…

Strong British Columbia cherry crop may have offset heatwave effects

Last month’s heat wave that affected large swaths of the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia (B.C.), Canada have undoubtedly impacted a number of crops. Included in that was a high-value B.C. crop: cherries. “Mainly what I’ve seen is the outside rows of farms that were exposed to more heat than the…

Bad weather in northern Italy

The longed-for rain finally arrived but, in many occasions, it also came with large hailstones. On Tuesday, July 13h 2021, heavy rain hit various parts of northern Italy, in some cases reaching more than 30 millimeters, often accompanied by strong wind gusts.  Source: Meteo Forlì-Cesena In Lombardy, the Castel Groffredo (Mantua)…

July is the hottest month

High temperatures, hot winds and wildfires are three factors to consider in the Sardinian agricultural sector

The weather is extremely hot in Sardinia, with minimum and maximum temperatures higher than average and July being the hottest month of the year. "The main problem for farming is that we have suddenly gone from a cool spring to an extremely hot summer. In Sardinia, no rain has fallen in the last three…

California drought causing multi-layered effects

“The water situation is dire. This one is real.” So says Tom Conrado of Classic Fruit Company in Fresno, CA of California’s current drought. Conrado notes there are some smaller, less thought of side effects of the drought on California’s agriculture picture. “It’s promoting larger operations. It’s…

Farmers head for Madrid to protest lack of storm damage support

Spanish farmers are going to voice their discontent in Madrid, protesting the lack of state support in the wake of Storm Filomena. This storm swept across Spain in January,…

Climate scientist: “We don’t really understand the drought in the Eastern Cape”

The Western Cape is basking in the cold of a reassuring winter and the mountaintops are white with snow. It is expected that the important Theewaterskloof Dam will overflow by this weekend; it’s currently 95.8% full. Right: a heavy snowfall has been predicted for Matroosberg, highest peak in the Western…

CEBAS-CSIC and IMIDA study the suitability of stone fruit varieties in the face of climate change

In the last two years, the 'Adaptation of the Stone Fruit Sector to Climate Change' Operational Group has carried out research work aimed at providing answers to anomalies in production due to climatic factors and the inadequate adaptation of stone fruit varieties. The project's goals include identifying…

So far, little impact for Florida growers following Hurricane Elsa

After Hurricane Elsa’s arrival yesterday in the southeast, growers in Florida, which was said to be where the hurricane was heading, seem to be breathing a sigh of relief. “Florida was spared any significant impact as the system shifted its track slightly to the west as it skirted the Florida coast,”…

Growers walking away from blocks of cherries following heat wave

The unprecedented heat wave that’s seen triple digit, sustained temperatures continues to take its toll on growing on North America’s West Coast. The recent heat wave is impacting the fruit size of West Coast cherries.  Fruit unmarketable“On cherries, it has had some pretty large impacts,” says Dan Davis with…

A detailed feedback from a producer of vegetables in Emilia Romagna

Heat and drought are causing a 50% increase in costs

"The drought is causing us a 50% increase in expenditure compared to a normal year. This is an exorbitant amount of money, given that I cultivate 120 hectares of vegetables," said Giuseppe Minzoni, an Italian farmer in the province of Ravenna, who is very accurate when it comes to calculations. In the…

West Coast heat could trigger supply gaps

As spiked temperatures continue to hang over parts of the West Coast--some climbing over 100 degrees--growers are watching and assessing how the heat may affect their crops. At Duncan Family Farms, the main impacts of the heat on some of the organic crops it grows currently in Merrill, OR is the speeding…

Frutacloud's first Washington cherries this season arrive in China

Many parts in the Northwest of the United States are seeing scorching temperatures. On the first day that high temperatures were recorded, Portland, Oregon, saw a record temperature of 41.7 degrees - the highest in a century; in Seattle, Washington, the temperature reached 38.3 degrees, breaking the…

But extreme heat was troublesome for berry and cherry crops

Oregon heat spell wasn't all bad news for produce

During the heat spell of the past week, Oregon fruits and vegetables all reacted differently. Although some were sunburned, shriveled or softened up, others loved the heat.…

ADAPT project:

Farmer survey points to climate change as biggest threat to European potato production

Europatat is part of an international consortium involved in the ADAPT research project (“Accelerated Development of multiple-stress tolerAnt PoTato”). This project aims to…

Canada heat wave

Vancouver Island crops in danger due to excessive heat

Since last Friday, Satnam Dheensaw of Gobind Farms estimates he has lost 80 per cent of his early raspberry crop, 40 per cent of his tayberries and up to 25 per cent of…

West Coast heat wave will undoubtedly reduce crop yields

“Right now the 10-day forecast shows triple digits every day. And we were at triple digits every day last week. Last year, which was a cooler year, I don’t believe we had a single day in triple digits. And if the forecast holds right now, we’ll have 30 days consecutive above 100 degrees.” So says Shay…

Vereinigte Hagelversicherung VVaG: Dreamstime

Around 66,000 ha damaged - 23 million euros in damages

While Vereinigte Hagelversicherung VVaG reported 30,000 hectares damaged just a few days ago, this figure has more than doubled within a few days. A good 66,000 hectares were…

Swiss producers struggle with the weather

Harvesting operations are more difficult due to the wet soils. however, quality is good and the changeover to new harvesting is being carried out everywhere, says Swisspatat. Many parts of Switzerland have seen heavy rains in recent weeks, and the wet soils are preventing or hampering harvesting…


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