Climate

There will continue to be a deficit of precipitation

El Niño forecast for Chile

There is a 65% probability that the weak El Niño conditions will continue throughout the winter of the southern hemisphere and a 55% probability they'll persist in spring. The monthly forecast of the El Niño phenomenon, which is based on the report submitted by the Climate Prediction Center (CPC) and the International Research…

Sustainability report 2018 published

From 2030 BayWa AG intends to be climate-neutral throughout the Group

BayWa actively supports the aim of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees. The internationally acting trading and service…

Hailstorms hit Puglia

FreshPlaza talked to a few producers after the heavy hailstorms that hit Puglia on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th April 2019. Francesco D'Urso, a producer located in Crispiano (Taranto), says that "there was a heavy storm on Sunday afternoon which has caused a lot of damage in the vineyards." "Hail stones were as big as…

Stephen Mugo - CIMMYT:

‘Sub-Saharan African countries should scale up adoption of drought tolerant crops’

This Wednesday, a well-known Kenyan scientist stated said that sub-Saharan African countries should scale up adoption of drought tolerant crops, with the goal to contain food insecurity that has worsened against a backdrop of climate change. Stephen Mugo, African regional representative at the…

Frost could have major effect on apple season

Severe frost in Poland damages fruit

Freezing temperatures in Poland have resulted in damaged crops. Although the extent of the damage is still unknown, it is certain the Polish farmers will lose some of the produce. The frost has effected apples and all kinds of soft fruit. It will take a couple of months to fully understand the…

Strawberry plants to map European air pollution

There is a citizen science project called AIRbezen that has made its way into Europe. People in six different countries are going to map air pollution in their cities. They are also going to try a find a link between how dirty the air and how much green space there is. This will be done under the…

Almeria's agriculture consumes half as much water as the rest of Spain

Almeria is not only characterized by its semi-arid climate, but also by the efficiency in the use of a scarce and precious commodity such as water. In the latest edition of…

China: Sudden hailstorm hits banana production in Xishuangbanna

Mengla County in Xishuangbanna, Yunnan, suffered from a sudden hailstorm in the afternoon of April 8th, 2019. The hailstorm affected more than 53 hectares of banana…

Fruit crops are the most affected

2,200 hectares of crops damaged in Spanish region of Extremadura

The end of March and the beginning of April have been marked by various storms, which have so far damaged 2,192.99 hectares of crops in Extremadura. That is the provisional…

Grape growers welcome high temperatures

High California desert temperatures speed up lettuce transition to Salinas

Temperatures in the Coachella and Yuma areas peaked in the upper 90s early this week, serving as a reminder that summer is around the corner. High winds also accompanied the higher temperatures and were felt throughout California. No damage was reported from the windy conditions, but the high…

Frosts and hailstorms in recent days

Fruits and almonds most affected by the bad weather in Spain

The fruit and almond productions have been the most affected by the frosts and hailstorms recorded in recent days in practically the whole Iberian Peninsula, according to Agroseguro. The first estimates point to more than 12,200 hectares of crops being hit. The frosts have caused the most damages. More…

Apricot growers suffer losses in Spanish province of Albacete

The latest frosts have damaged most of the apricot production in Tobarra, as La Tribuna de Albacete has learned from several agrarian sources. To be precise, some three…

Limoneira raises the roof on solar energy

On April 9th, 2019, Limoneira Company announced the unveiling of the Company’s latest solar project. “Over two thousand Hanwha Q Peak solar modules have been installed on the…

Spain: Murcia estimates losses caused by frost at 14.7 million Euro

The crops of the Region of Murcia have suffered the consequences of the first spring frosts, after the minimum temperatures dropped as low as five degrees below zero between March 23 and 26, causing losses estimated at 14.7 million Euro. The most affected areas are those of the Altiplano, Alto…

China: Extreme weather damages fruit production in Shandong

The meteorological department had just finished warning of colder temperatures and frost on March 28th, when, at 13:45, hailstones suddenly rained down on Shouguang City in…

Reservoirs at 58.1% of their total capacity

Lack of rainfall taking a toll on water reserves in Spain

The Spanish Government is keeping a close eye on the amounts of rainfall, as well as on how the lack of rain water could take a toll on the agricultural productions. Meanwhile, the water reservoirs are currently at 58% of their total capacity and there is still a commitment to implementing "sustainable…

Verona was also hit by frost

Austria: Spectacular images of anti-frost system

In the past few days, the company Biohof Schloffer has published pictures of the effects of the anti-frost system operated against a night frost that took place last Friday in Austria. The company stated that the temperatures were not very low, approximately 4°C, but the system has preserved the gems…

Temperatures drop in Emilia Romagna

On 26th March 2019, snow covered the entire Emilia Romagna hills above 400 meters asl though, in some of these areas, cherry and plum trees were blossoming. Plum tree in Castelnovo nne' Monti, Reggio Emilia on 26th March 2019 ( photo by Cristian Lonut ) "Over 5 cm of snow have fallen. The plum orchard is…

Agricultural products are going to be scarce in Costa Rica

According to Alvaro Saenz, a spokesman for the National Chamber of Agriculture and Agroindustry (CNAA), even though El Niño phenomenon won't be as strong as originally…

This spring will be warmer and sunnier in Spain

The spring, which started this Wednesday evening, will be hotter and less rainy than normal across Spain, following the second driest winter of the 21st century and the fifth since 1965. In a press conference organized to present the seasonal forecast, the water balance and an analysis of last winter,…

300 hectares of banana have been lost

7 thousand hectares in Bolivia affected by adverse weather events

The department's tropical region has been affected by heavy rains and the southern cone by droughts. According to reports, both natural phenomena have damaged almost 10 thousand hectares of cultivation: 7 thousand hectares of fruit trees have been affected in Chapare, 2 thousand hectares of corn have…

Banana production areas in Yunnan and Laos suffer from hailstorms

Jinping County in Yunnan was surprised by hailstorms on the morning of March 19th, 2019. The hailstorms formed in the high-altitude region of Jinping County and their impact…

Spanish Supreme Court annuls the Tajo Hydrological Plan

The Spanish Supreme Court (TS) has annulled the Tajo Hydrological Plan because it didn't set ecological flows in Aranjuez, Toledo and Talavera de la Reina. The high court has declared the nullity of several articles that make up the rules of the hydrological plan, as reported last Saturday in a press…

Extreme drought in the Dominican Republic

Currently there is an extreme drought affecting the Caribbean islands, including the Dominican Republic. Since mid-2018, there has been unusually little rain in the country, BioTropic reports. Volker Schmidt, BioTropics local agricultural engineer, says that this dry spell is considered one of the worst…

More than 500mm of rain in 24 hrs over eastern Zimbabwe: extent of damage to avocado orchards still unclear

Mozambican banana production not affected by devastating cyclone

Central Mozambique is used to cyclones, but cyclone Idai that made landfall on 14 & 15 March, causing winds of 180+km/h, killing up to a thousand people and displacing tens of thousands in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, was something out of the ordinary. Floods over Mozambique (photo: World Food…

Spain

Climate change will cause pests to spread

One of the first consequences of climate change is that northern Europe will enjoy a rise in temperatures that will increase crop production. Meanwhile, a tropicalized south will be forced to reinvent its agriculture to survive the frequent droughts and the spread of pests, opting for more adaptable…

Weather expert Giel Hugo

"Drier winter awaits Swartland farmers"

Overberg Agri weather forecaster Giel Hugo has stated that the precipitation outlook for south Africa’s Swartland region does not look favourable this winter. Speaking at the annual SKOG Pre-Plant Information day on Langgewens Research Farm near Moorreesburg, Hugo said it appeared as if cold fronts would…

The influence of too many thermal shocks on strawberries

Recently, the days have been warmer than the average in spring, with temperatures up to 24°C in southern Italy. However, a new disturbance of North Atlantic origin brought the weather back again to its standard winter conditions. In mid-March 2019, the southern regions - and the northern ones first…

Plantains and bananas have also been affected

The drought in Costa Rica causes losses of up to 50% of vegetables

According to MAG officials, the region most affected by the drought, which has affected products such as onions, potatoes, carrots, and beans, is the upper part of Cartago.…

Philippines province

Crop damage reaches P80 million in South Cotabato

According to the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist, the damage to agricultural crops in South Cotabato as a result of the prevailing dry spell has increased to around P80 million (€1.3 mln) as the affected farm areas continued to expand as of Tuesday. Ma. Luisa Santillana, operations chief of…

Minimal effect on Florida, Georgia crops from last week's freeze

Cold temperatures moved through the southeastern United States mid last week, bringing freezing temperatures to parts of Georgia and north Florida. With blueberries starting in Florida in just a few weeks and some of Georgia's crops such as peaches and Vidalia onions beginning in April, there was some…

Taiwanese garlic disaster intensifies

Agricultural production areas in central and south Taiwan are suffering from drought. A report on March 5th shows that the drought had already caused 505.94 million NTD [16.36…

Drought due to El Niño to hit more Philippine provinces

Yesterday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) warned the public that more provinces are expected to experience drought…

The dry weather could bring the season to an end in East Gippsland for some vegetable growers

With a large part of Australia experiencing drought, there is no doubt that water security is one of the major issues facing East Gippsland farmers. This week FreshPlaza is visiting vegetable growers in Gippsland, and learning the normally busy summer season could be coming to an end for some, despite…

UK experts:

‘Fruit and vegetable producers at risk if climate change continues’

Supported by UK Environment Secretary Gove, a new report titled Recipe for Disaster has outlined a 'major threat' to British crops which could threaten future supplies as…

FreshPlaza visits East Gippsland Farmers

East Gippsland is the "salad bowl" of Australia, with seven of the top ten producers having a footprint in the region, and this week FreshPlaza visiting several growers across Eastern Victoria, discussing a number of issues important to the industry. Photo: The orange smoke haze from nearby bushfires…

Rio Colorado's horticultural production is affected

Argentina affected by frost in the height of summer

The horticultural production of Rio Colorado was affected by a surprising and unusual frost that lasted several hours in the middle of summer, when the horticultural sector and some fruits are in full season. The unusual event was recorded on the dawn of Tuesday 26, when the local weather station…

2019 Citrus Technical Forum

Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology on long-term predictions, & frost prediction advice

At the 2019 Citrus Technical Forum, the Bureau of Meteorology will provide the latest information on long-term weather forecasts and advice on frost prediction. With climate…

Will the rains cause the Salinas season to be delayed?

Persistent, heavy rainfall has stationed itself over California since January, especially along coastal areas. It has now come to a point where growers are starting to question if this will affect the start of the Salinas growing season for the major vegetable commodities. What is known is that a high…

Drought is over, but the effect will be felt for years to come in certain areas of the province

FruitLook satellite images show stark and enduring impact of Cape drought

Satellite-based crop monitoring information service FruitLook has made a visual comparison between two fruit producing areas in the Western Cape to illustrate the stark effect of the three year drought. Satellite images of biomass production in the Groenland area and the Lower Olifants River region…

This year's harvest will start earlier due to the high temperatures

Cherry trees already getting buds in some regions of Spain

The record temperatures in the Iberian Peninsula have also hit the city of Leon, which has just reached the highest temperature in February since 1981, with 21.8ºC. Cherry…

South Sinaloa producers forecast a 60% fall in mango production

Mexico: The cold in Sinaloa will affect mango flowering

The decrease in temperatures registered during the last days could affect the flowering of the mango trees in the south zone of Sinaloa. The president of the Association of Farmers of the Presidio River, Octavio Loaiza Torres, warned that climatic conditions could affect mango production this season. He…

Climate change may undermine Cambodia’s mango production

As climate change severely impacts yields, Cambodian mango production is expected to decrease this year. This is according to a mango association in Kampong Speu province –…

Cold front hits central and southern Italy

The past weekend was characterized by a cold front from the Balkans that brought snow to central and southern Italy and wind to the north of the peninsula. The cold front caused a sudden drop in temperatures especially in Puglia, Basilicata, Campania, Calabria and Sicily already on Friday evening…

Influence of hail in Guangdong on Chinese banana production not yet apparent

The Meteorological Institute in Guangzhou warned people to expect hailstorms. In addition to excessive rainfall, many districts in Guangzhou City also experienced hailstorms.…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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…


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