Climate

Spain relies on European funds to adapt agriculture to climate change

The impact of global warming on the Iberian Peninsula is undeniable. According to different studies, by the end of the century, the proportion of warm days is expected to…

Reports on South African pome fruit and stone fruit

'Confronting Climate Change': Industry benchmark numbers

The 2020 Confronting Climate Change (CCC) industry benchmark process builds on 2018 - 2019 datasets and provides a meaningful platform for the South African fruit and wine…

Jam Shahzad

Changing weather patterns impact US fruit and vegetable production

Shifting weather patterns in the US have led to new discussions about growing fruits and vegetables in times of climate change. Natalie Hoidal and Annie Klodd both work as…

Artsiom Petrushenka

Indian and Bangladesh mango fields devastated by cyclone Amphan

Cyclone Amphan has dealt a crushing blow to Bangladesh's mango growers, as they are confronted with huge losses from the widespread damage it caused to orchards and fruits…

Heavy hail storms hit Serbian blueberry productions

Strong rain and hailstorms in the central agricultural region of Serbia have severely affected numerous plantations of blueberries and other fruit and vegetable products. It is still too early to calculate exactly the damage that this meteorological phenomenon will cause in the production and harvest of…

Peter Titmuss

South Africa: Poor winter rainfall forecast amid ongoing drought

According to agricultural meteorologist Johan van Den Berg, severe drought conditions still dominate large parts of the Northern Cape, and were prevalent in “smaller patches”…

Freezing East Coast temps affect vegetables

Some East Coast growers are feeling the effects—from mild to moderate—from last week’s freezing temperatures. In Bradford, Ontario, Quinton Woods of Gwillimdale Farms says the freezing temperatures have affected some of its contracted growers. Photo: Gwillimdale Farms “One grower has lost roughly 30 acres…

Strong demand recorded for Spanish citrus

The increase in citrus consumption since the start of the pandemic has also given sales a boost in the organic segment, as confirmed by the Cordoba-based company from Palma del Río Naranjas Ecológicas Biovalle. The firm's organic citrus campaign has ended a month earlier than in previous years due to the…

Increasing demand for Sicilian PGI lemons in Italy and France

"Lemon prices have always been rather high over the past 5 years due to the lively demand especially for PGI lemons from Sicily," reports Salvo Magliocco, vice-president of a leading PO in eastern Sicily. "Covid-19 pushed demand further as consumers started looking for products rich in vitamin C. Some…

Recent frost unlikely to have affected plantings

New York springs increasingly colder and wetter

Following this week’s significant drop in temperatures which in some cases resulted in frost or light snow, growers on the East Coast remain positive that their crops aren’t affected. Paulette Satur of Satur Farms in Cutchogue, NY says its location in the north part of Long Island wasn’t hit by frost…

Grower considering new cultivation methods and apple varieites

Apple trees in Southern Sweden blooming extremely early - is this the new normal?

The warmer weather means apple trees in Österlen, Southern Sweden, started blooming two weeks earlier than usual. That is a record. Milder springs and warmer autumns make the Österlen climate ideal for growing apples. The apples take longer to ripen and taste better. However, this year, spring arrived…

Losses estimated at over 9 million Euro

Hail damages some 6000 hectares in the Region of Valencia

Last weekend's storms, which were accompanied by hail in many cases, have hit some 6,000 hectares of crops across the Spanish Region of Valencia. The initial losses are estimated at more than 9 million Euro, as reported by LA UNIÓ de Llauradors. The greatest losses have been recorded in the counties of…

West Michigan growers deal with aftermath of late season freeze

At Robinette’s Apple Haus and Winery they grow apples, peaches, sweet cherries, apricot, and nectarines. But this Saturday Ed Robinette, president of Robinette Family Company,…

What impact will recent frosts have on apple prices in China

Due to differing climates, the apple flowering seasons in different regions of China take place at different times, generally from April to May. The recent low temperatures…

California Governor Newsom files lawsuit over water for farmers

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has filed a lawsuit to stop the federal government from increasing water deliveries to California farmers, including growers in the citrus regions…

Carlos Llambrich, of Llamfruit: "It doesn't look like there will be a great cherry production this year"

"The rains have made us lose the earliest cherry varieties"

Rains, frosts and hail have taken a toll in various cherry producing areas of Spain, including Extremadura, Aragon, Valencia, Catalonia and Castile-León. In Fraga, one of the earliest areas in the province of Huesca, constant rains for more than 4 days prior to the harvest have spoiled the extra early…

Spanish fruit and veg productions hit again by hail

The meteorological instability of recent weeks has once again resulted in rain and hail this weekend in various parts of Spain, such as Castile-La Mancha (especially in the…

Significant crop loss in Colorado peaches

Following a frost early last week, growers are determining how much of a Colorado peach season is left now. “What we do know with certainty is that we have significantly less than a full crop. What remains to be seen is what portion of a full crop do we have?” says Charlie Talbott of Talbott Farms in…

Horta river flood devastates crops in the region of Bolivar, Colombia

Due to the weekend's heavy rains in the department of Santander, the Horta river flooded in the municipality of Bolivar devastating plantain, cassava, banana, and the papaya crops of 130 producers. Apparently, the damming of the waters in the upper part of the river caused the flood. "Since the flood…

Hail storms in Spain cause damage to fruit in Aragon

"Fungi and fire blight are already spreading like wildfire"

Last Saturday, heavy rains and hail were recorded in the surroundings of the Sierra de Vicor, between the municipalities of El Frasno, Sabiñán, Codos and Tobed, affecting the…

Drought strikes California, Texas and Florida farmers

As if the supply chain disruptions caused by COVID-19 weren’t enough, drought conditions have now gripped California, Florida, parts of the Southwest and south Texas. The drought means additional expense for some farmers to find water or bring their livestock to a water source. It also increases the cost…

Frost hits Campania once again

Frost once again affected production areas in Campania and damaged potatoes and persimmons between April 15th and 16th. It is the third frost in a month and this time it hit the Acerra and Nola areas and part of the Caserta and Naples provinces. In some parts of the Salerno province, temperatures dropped to zero but did not…

Farms in east China suffered from hailstorms

Hailstorms suddenly arrived in east China on 4 April to 5 April. Production areas in Pingdu, Laizhou, and Laiyang in Shandong suffered heavy damage. The hailstones damaged…

Vernocchi: "In Emilia Romagna, stone fruit and kiwi productions almost set to zero"

The frosts will not stop

The wave of night frosts that are affecting much of Italy goes on. In the north, the situation has reached an unprecedented level, with 8 hours below zero on the night of April 2 and minimum peaks of -6 °C. Even the anti-frost systems are struggling, because protecting an orchard with 5 °C below zero is not easy. After three sleepless…

California rains only minimally affect crops

Following a weekend of heavy rains, California growers are saying that the effect is likely only moderate, if anything, on their crops. Steve Johnston of GW Palmer in Salinas, Ca. notes that a few key growing regions in California—Salinas, Watsonville, Santa Maria and Oxnard—saw between .5 inches to rain…

Spain

Latest floods in Castellon could cause citrus crops to rot

The countryside of Castellon has been hit again by a squall from the Atlantic that brought with it strong storms. The precipitations exceeded by far the accumulated 100 l/m²…

Bulgarian fruit growers:

Apricots have been destroyed, cold already affects peaches and cherries

Apricots are for more than 95 percent, if not all completely dead, in the Danube Plain region. Some places have survived here and there, but if it freezes after the snow, they…

Frost in Verona damages 40-50% of Gala and Golden apples

Alessandro Morini, a producer with almost 40 hectares of apple orchards in the Verona province, explains that the damage appeared to be more limited right after the frost however, 8 days later, the situation does not appear to be good. "Gala and Golden are the varieties mostly affected. Quantities and…

Belgian fruit growers talk about night frost and the corona crisis

"Some plots have had 20 - 70% frost damage"

It is not just the current corona crisis that is proving challenging for fruit growers in Europe. They are facing another issue - night frost. Temperatures have plummeted over the past few nights. Cold nights are also being forecast for the rest of the week. Some Belgian fruit farmers take stock after…

Frost in central and southern Italy:

Concern for early vegetables, grapes, persimmons and stone fruit

For agriculture, it is an emergency within an emergency. Coronavirus was not enough: now there is a sharp drop in temperature - below zero, with frosts and snowfall out of season. There are significant damages to fruit and horticultural productions, which are in the delicate phase of flowering and…

Fernando Gómez: "We are doing a 'Master's degree in crisis management' and I think we will get a good grade"

Another storm in Murcia and Alicante worsens current situation

This is already the third heavy storm recorded in Murcia and Alicante since the start of the autumn and winter season, which accounts for the largest volumes of vegetable production in Europe. These climatic adversities come at a bad time for the field, which for about two weeks has been adapting to the…

Big problems in Emilia Romagna. Data collected at 5.30 today 24 March

All northern Italy below zero: snowflakes in the Marche, Abruzzo and down to Puglia

Already last night things seemed worrying, due to the starry sky and the absence of clouds. This morning, 24 March 2020, at 5.30, the thermometers marked various degrees below zero in different areas of northern Italy. Ice in the peach orchard after the action of anti-frost irrigation. The lowest recorded…

Rien Paans (Verfru): "Delivery issues due to bad weather, this virus outbreak, and fewer workers"

Floods in Murcia, lots of rain in Alicante, and snow on the Canary Islands

It is not the first time Spanish cultivation areas have been pummelled by lousy weather. This bad weather is moving over parts of Spain. There is rain in some places, and rivers flooding in others. Streets in, for example, Murcia, are flooded. In the southern part of the Alicante province, they have to…

Frost in northern Italy heavily damages orchards

Frost on 24/03/2020 caused serious damage. In some areas of the Bologna and Ravenna provinces and in the central plains in Emilia, temperatures almost reached -6°C. Emilia-RomagnaApo Conerpo president Davide Vernocchi reports "considerable damage to stone fruit: almost the entire apricot production is…

Poland will have to deal with more frost in a week or two

"There will be a bit of damage for pears and sweet cherries"

After having two nights of heavy frost in a row, Poland can prepare for yet another night of frost in the first week of April. Although damages have not been assessed yet, the effect of the freezing temperatures on some of the produce can be predicted. Although the frost could become an issue later on,…

The hose reel can also be useful

Anti-frost system that really works against frost

Severe night frosts are expected throughout Italy, but there are those who have been using anti-frost irrigation since 2003. This is the case of Stefano Rivalta, a farmer in the province of Ravenna. And he is very satisfied with the active protection implemented. "I have 23 hectares of peach orchard,…

Poland receives first heavy frost of the year

Poland received its first heavy frost of the year, it seems. Included are pictures shared on Twitter by Fruitteeltonline, it's unsure how much produce has been damaged. Another very cold night is expected, with temperatures of -6 degrees Celsius in some parts of Poland.

Western Cape to receive R25 million in drought support

The Western Cape minister of agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer, has expressed his gratitude on the news that the Western Cape will be receiving an additional amount of R25 million…

Brazil: Just one large orange processor currently operating

Orange pressing the 2019/20 crop slowed down in the first fortnight of March at most of the processors in São Paulo State. This was due to the low supply in the Brazilian…

Fear of frost damage in March

Warmest winter in 120 years could cause problems for Norwegian raspberry growers

Winter was mild and wet throughout Norway. With temperatures of 4.5 degrees higher than normal, the winter records was broken in all regions with the exception of Northern…

John Gijbels, Euro Gijbels

"Spanish cauliflower season done weeks earlier due to high temperatures"

Due to the summer temperatures in Catalonia, Spain, the citrus season is ahead of schedule. “The Nardocott are three weeks earlier than usual. I therefore expect that this will result that we will stop a week or three earlier, but we still have volumes to meet the demand," says John Gijbels of Euro…

A comment from the Bollino company, a new member of the Op APOC

Droughts and not enough cold weather threaten stone fruit yields this year

Little rain has rained compared to what it would take to fill the reservoirs. This year the situation is worse compared to 2019, when water resources were sufficient. Medium-late and late varieties of peaches, percoche and nectarines are in bloom. For many cultivars the flowering is very poor and uneven,…

A new project will study the relationship between phenology and climate change

Fruit trees in Catalonia blooming 15 days earlier than 50 years ago

According to data from the Meteorological Service of Catalonia (SMC), collected since 1971 and published on the occasion of the agreement signed with the Center for Ecological Research and Forest Applications (CREAF-UAB) to study the relationship between phenology and climate change, fruit trees in…

Precarious water situation remains in fruit production areas of Letsitele, Gamtoos and Klein-Karoo

South African government declares national state of disaster due to drought

The declaration of a nation-wide state of disaster that appeared yesterday in the Government Gazette has taken agricultural organisations by surprise, given that large parts in the east of the country recently received good rains. In a statement Agri SA, an agricultural industry association said: "The…

USDA report: est. 755 million euros loss in horticulture sector

Thailand hit by second worst drought in last 10 years

Thailand is hit by the second worst drought in a decade with an estimated loss of around € 755 million in the horticultural sector, mainly due to the reduced cultivation of off-season rice.In addition, for 32,000 hectares of field crops and fruit trees, a drop in cultivation is anticipated due to the…


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