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How growers prepare for hurricane season

Hurricane season is raging in the southeast of the United States. Hurricane Laura made landfall at the end of August, and currently Hurricane Sally is causing flooding in the Gulf Coast regions. Besides immediate damages from the high-speed winds and heavy rains, the aftereffects of these storms can…

Report: “Evaluation of the socio-economic impact of climate change in Belgium” Masfoto

‘Climate change in Belgium threatens beer and fries’

According to a report commissioned by the National Climate Commission, production of two of Belgium’s iconic products, beer and fries, could be severely affected by climate…

Spain

Extremadura's tomato production fell 20% due to the intense heat in July

According to Extremadura's Grouping of Agricultural Cooperatives (Acopaex), this season's tomato production will be 20% lower than the figures that were initially expected as…

More than 150 business leaders and investors have signed open letter to EU

Girteka Logistics urge EU heads of state to set higher 2030 emissions reduction targets

As the European Commission sits down to discuss proposals for a new 2030 emissions target in time for the State of the Union address on Wednesday Sept 16, more than 150 European businesses, investors and business networks, including Microsoft, IKEA, Deutsche Bank, Unilever, H&M, Google, Girteka…

Southeastern states preparing for Hurricane Sally

Louisiana sweet potato growers relieved post-Hurricane Laura

“We dodged a bullet.” So says the Louisiana Sweet Potato Commission’s René Simon of Hurricane Laura that struck the Southern Louisiana region two weeks ago. While at the time the storm was predicted to cause the type of destruction inflicted by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, in the end, sweet potato growers…

Salinas growers deal with heat, ash and air quality concerns

With more than 2.1 million acres of California with active wildfires burning on them, smoky, dark orange skies hang above the state, including over the entire Salinas Valley growing region. The concern for Salinas crops remains largely around ash. “The amount of ash falling this week is maybe 10 to 20…

Maher Mezahi

Algeria: Date growers faced with climate change effects

In Algeria’s Biskra province, small-scale growers are increasingly battling to cultivate and protect their precious crops. Biskra is a gathering of oases in the north-east of…

Peruvian citrus exports increase by 40%

Peruvian citrus exports have experienced a considerable increase in 2020 when compared to the previous season. Until week 33, Peru had exported 40% more citrus than in the…

The Dominican agricultural sector lost millions of dollars to storm Laura

The Provincial Council for Agricultural Development of the Province of Azua (Coproda) stated that the damage caused by tropical storm Laura in the region as it passed through…

Argentina

Fruit growers in the Alto Valle get ready for possible frosts

Even though spring is about to start, there is still a risk of frosts in the Upper Valley of the Rio Negro and Neuquen provinces, which could affect the region's fruit…

Regional roads washed away by week-long rains Hel080808

Produce goes to waste in Ghana’s Pusiga District

Vegetables farms in the Pusiga District of the Ghana’s Upper East Region are in trouble as roads linking the farms to market centres are washed away by the week-long…

Boarding1now

Downpours in Dominican Republic disrupt food prices

Some prices of food products in Dominican markets have declines, others increased in the wake of the damage caused by the floods of the two storms Isaías and Laura. Vegetables…

Leon van den Hombergh, Frankort & Koning:

"Unusual European weather conditions now affecting fruit and vegetable trade"

The worst of the heatwaves in Europe seems to be over now. But their impact on fruit and vegetable production is becoming increasingly apparent. "We need to make up shortfalls throughout Europe. Especially for full soil products. It's evident in, particularly, cauliflower and broccoli," says Leon van den…

The consequences of the windstorm in February are still being felt

Avocado prices in Tenerife skyrocket due to a shortage of production

Avocado prices have increased more than usual at this time of the year because of the decrease in avocado production in Tenerife due to the wind and harsh storm that the island experienced on February 22 and 23. In some establishments, avocados are sold for up to ten euro per kilo. The president of the…

Hurricane Nana brought more rain to already wet Guatemala papaya season

Hurricane Nana made landfall in a sparsely populated part of Belize right after midnight on Thursday morning. From there, Nana weakened to a tropical storm, pushing across Guatemala on Thursday. “The storm affected the northern part of Guatemala, the heart of our papaya growing region,” said Andres…

Tomas Griger

Japan holds its breath as two strong weather systems advance

At this time, two strong weather systems are bearing down on western Japan from different directions. Weather experts are warning people to prepare for a strong typhoon…

After the lockdown, bad weather challenges the pineapple sector

It's not only the lockdown that has led to a collapse of pineapple sales, and above all, export problems. Recently, this exotic fruit has also been hit by bad weather (hurricanes) in Central America. This was confirmed by Luca Bernardini, owner of the 2M Exotic Fruits sold under the brand Anana'. "We…

Northern China suffers severe damage from hail storm

A recent hailstorm was seen in parts of Jixian County, Shanxi, an important apple production area in China. Growers reported that the protective bags in the orchard were…

Hungarian agriculture affected by climate change

'The next victim of the changing climate'

A recurring topic in the newsflashes on Agroberichtenbuitenland.nl this spring has been the reporting of various types of climate-induced damages – and for good reason too. The changing climate of the region is now causing long-term shifts in environmental conditions for agriculture. According to a…

Comments from Louisiana and Texas

Hurricane Laura: “It looks like we made it through okay”

While there was concern that it would land and leave behind the type of destruction that Hurricane Katrina did in late August of 2005, thankfully Hurricane Laura had much less of an impact. Laura, a Category 4 storm with winds up to 150 mph, hit inland early Thursday morning as it arrived on the Gulf…

Cuba

Tropical storm Laura devastates the banana crops in Guantanamo

Tropical Storm Laura's strong winds have caused severe damage to banana crops as it passed through the eastern Cuban province of Guantanamo. Producers from the Yateritas area,…

Hurricane Laura causes ports to close, shipments expect delays

When Hurricane Laura hit the Caribbean this past weekend, it was only a tropical storm. Still, there was damage to crops and infrastructure, and there were even several fatalities. Since then, Laura turned into a Category 4 hurricane that made landfall near Cameron, Louisiana early Thursday morning.…

Hurricane Laura heads for the US after bringing heavy rain and wind to the Caribbean

While downgrading Hurricane Marco to a Tropical Storm as it landed Monday night at the mouth of the Mississippi River brought some relief to regional growers, they were hoping for the hurricane by-product: rain. Laura hit the Dominican Republic as a Tropical Storm and is on its way to the US as a…

Important Theewaterskloof Dam 60% fuller than three years ago

Snow and rain in the Cape: a winter as good as it gets for Boland fruit farmers

It's a great winter in the southwestern Cape. Rainfall for August has been above average and now the Western Cape Water Supply System is 88% full - three years ago it stood at 33%. Snow deep into the interior of the country (the Karoo) last week  The figures for the largest dam in the Western Cape, the Theewaterskloof…

Maryia Kazlouskaya

Russia: Omsk region predicts a shortage of potatoes

A historical record was reached in the north of the Omsk region, one of the traditionally coldest areas of the region. Temperatures rose to as much as 36°С. At the request of…

Falling ash has blanketed most of the Salinas Valley

California fires: “I’m not sure growers can prepare for something like this.”

California’s wildfires continue to press on as growers in the region watch and try to assess potential damage. As of Sunday evening, the state has seen more than 560 fires, two of which are being called the largest in the state’s history according to California Governor Gavin Newsom. The fires have…

Fred Douven, abbGrowers:

"Spring frost and heat took their toll on the North European blueberry season"

The Dutch blueberry season has started again. According to abbGrowers' Fred Douven, it's not going to be a great year. That because of the impact of the coronavirus, and the spring frost. "The night frost took a bigger toll than everyone expected. That's true for the whole of northern Europe. The…

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PMA Virtual Town Hall

Farming in a changing climate: Diversification and flexibility are key

This week’s PMA virtual town hall looked at the impact of the changing climate. The consequences of climate change have brought challenges to many different aspects of the produce industry, from temperature and precipitation changes, to land availability and pests. This week’s panel discussed the…

"Our crops have not been affected, but we're closely monitoring air quality for workers"

Produce industry comments on California fires

It is fire season in California, and this season so far has seen a higher number of fires than in previous years. The current heatwave that the state has been experiencing has had its own effect on crops, and now the farms are seeing smokey skies. CNN reports that over 40,000 acres of land has burned in…

10% of Poland still endangered by agricultural drought

In July this year, soil moisture improved - but not so much that the agricultural drought ended. 10% of the country's area is still endangered and heavy storms do not improve the situation on the rivers. Low water levels were observed in 51% of water gauges in the hydrological monitoring network. The…

Latest storms in Spain caused severe damage to several crops

According to estimates by the Spanish Group of Combined Agricultural Insurance Entities (Agroseguro), the storms and hail registered recently in various parts of Spain have…

Texas: Hurricane Hanna hits citrus industry, most other fresh produce crops spared

Texas was hit with their first hurricane in over a decade at the end of July. Dante Galeazzi of the Texas International Produce Association shares: “The typical rule of thumb is that we’ll get a hurricane here in Texas once every 10 years, so Hurricane Hanna was roughly on schedule. Unfortunately,…

Due to possible health risk

Freshouse Produce recalls specific production lots of Valencia oranges, lemons, limes, organic limes, and red B potatoes

Freshouse II, LLC of Salisbury, NC is recalling the following specific production lots, brands and weights of Valencia Oranges, Lemons, Limes, Organic Limes, and Red B…

US National Science Foundation study Mikhail Olykainen

Climate change to reduce Himachal apple production - geoengineering methods are not fail safe

Experts say that climate change could reduce apple production in India by affecting the winter chill period necessary for the plants. According to a study, they fear that even…

Repeal of the classification of drought as a national disaster doesn't sit well with Agri SA

"This announcement boggles the mind"

Agri SA has noted the Government Notice published by Dr Mmaphaka Tau (Deputy Director-General) of the National Disaster Management Centre on 16 July 2020. This notice repeals…

Stonefruit growers in the Klein-Karoo received very little rain

Cape of Storms: wind damage and widespread snowfall

The multiple frontal system over the Cape has resulted in an increase of 7.4% across all of the Western Cape's dams; the important Theewaterskloof Dam stands at 72.3%. The storms were accompanied by gale winds which in the Southern Cape were reportedly as loud as a freight train. There are reports of…

Gamtoos citrus growers back at 80% water restriction

Citrus growers in the Eastern Cape’s Gamtoos Valley are back at a 20% water use quota, after a year of functioning at 85% of their allocation. Like two years ago, an 80% restriction is back in place because of the very low dam level of the Kouga Dam (pictured right). Good rains in January and February…

The cold snap in Uruguay hasn't affected the price of agricultural products

The intense cold in Uruguay hasn't had an impact on the country's horticultural field production so far. The crops have been developing well and maintain their quality. Thus,…

Extreme winter weather disrupts harbour operations

Two "mammoth" cold fronts coming from the South Pole are bearing down on the southern tip of Africa, one making landfall yesterday and another low pressure system not far behind, bringing gale force winds, heavy rain as well as snow as deep inland as the Northern Cape and the mountains of Lesotho. Right:…

USDA report

Argentinian citrus export can't match competition from South Africa

Despite an increased demand for citrus, particularly oranges during the COVID-19 pandemic, Argentina's sweet citrus exports will remain significantly lower than in previous years. This is due to the difficult economic conditions domestically, as a result of which Argentina is less able to compete on the…

David Manero, of Cerima Cherries:

"The rain has caused us to lose almost half of our cherry production"

The cherry season is almost coming to a close in Spain, as most of the fruit has already been harvested, with the exception of that from plantations located at higher altitudes in mountainous areas. In general, it has been a year with low volumes due to the impact of climatic adversities, especially…

Bad weather affects productions all over Italy

The past weekend was characterized by hail and strong winds in various parts of Italy. As meteorologist Maycol Checchinato reports, "when temperatures remain high for a few days, the arrival of cool air generates instability, storms and whirlwinds." One of the hailstones weighed by Venzi "Cherries and…

Preparing for FL peak hurricane season: "Laying down the farm"

With over 10,000 acres of trees, citrus, and other crops stretching across Florida, IMG Enterprises, the holding company of two agribusinesses, Cherrylake and IMG Citrus, is well versed in mother nature’s unpredictable challenges. The company’s major landmarks span from Groveland to Vero Beach, and with…

Floods devastate Serbian crops and raspberry orchards

Due to climate change, the weather is becoming volatile and unpredictable. In South-Eastern as well as in Central Europe, winters are now miilder, spring weather is dry and turbulent, and summers are scorching hot. Plant cultivation is vulnerable, and droughts as well as floods can cause serious damages.…

Minister of Agriculture Antonio Walker:

"Chile needed to break these 10-15 years of drought"

As it stands, Chile has a rain surplus compared to the previous year, but there is still a rain deficit compared to normal years. This means it is essential to continue…

South Australian growers to receive netting funding

The South Australian Government has announced $14.6 million worth of funding to the state’s horticulture industry as part of Netting Infrastructure Grants, helping protect growers from damaging weather and pests. The grants are designed to fund the purchase and installation of new netting or the…


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