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    Farmers destroy fields due to drought, no water deliveries

    Farmers across the Central Valley are facing a difficult decision over the next couple of weeks and months-- to keep or destroy their crops, as the drought situation appears…

    NASA

    NASA

    Mexico experiencing one of the most widespread and intense droughts in decades

    NASA published a statement in which it explains the drought situation in Mexico and ensures that the country is experiencing one of the most widespread and intense in decades. According to the space agency, 85% of the territory is facing these conditions, which has affected the drinking water resources…

    Climate change impacts on the banana industry on the Coffs Coast

    Renowned for having the Big Banana tourist attraction, the Coffs Coast region has long been associated with supplying top-quality bananas to the area and markets beyond.…

    Stone fruit in Valencia damaged by fourth hail storm in a month

    Valencian agricultural producers are enduring a crazy spring, with a record number of rainy days and four hail storms over this past month. A few days ago, a new hail storm hit stone fruits in the region of La Ribera Alta, whose harvest is at an advanced stage, according to a first estimate of the…

    frosts put stone fruits against the ropes

    This was the coldest April in the Mediterranean in the last 30 years

    The spring weather has significantly affected the European summer fruit campaign reducing the production in northern Spain, France, and Italy. According to the National…

    NASA

    'Drought conditions in the west may be worse than the 2001 drought'

    This year is shaping up to be a difficult one for farmers in southern Oregon. Producers at the California line have been told that they will only have access to a tiny percentage of water with the Klamath River Basin nearly dried up.??Conditions continue to deteriorate in western Oregon after a very dry April.…

    Francois Hugo – Pomona Fruit

    SA lemon growers “dodged a bullet” in early Russian market

    Pomona Fruit is a specialist in the Russian retail sector, loading stonefruit, topfruit, persimmons, butternuts and, of course, all categories of citrus. Photos supplied by Pomona Fruit “The soft citrus market will soon be at a crossroads with big volumes on the way. The first soft citrus from South…

    CropAid

    "We applied it to apricots and sweet cherries, and at -2 C they did not suffer any damage.”

    In the last few weeks Europe has been hit hard by low temperatures and night frosts, which can cause large crop losses and many sleepless nights for growers. This is also a problem in many other areas around the world. UK company CropAid Int. Ltd. was established in 2005 and produces a product which…

    J. Aurelio García, manager of Explum: "We expect a campaign with more stable prices at the start"

    Significant drop expected in early plum production

    The drop in temperatures at the beginning of April caused an intense blossom drop in plum trees in Extremadura, which will result in the harvest volumes being reduced to various extents, depending on the producing area. The early season production, from mid-June onwards, will likely be significantly…

    University of Sheffield

    University of Sheffield research to counter effects of droughts

    Pod Yield Project: UK scientists develop climate-resilient bean crop

    Scientists in the UK have developed beans that may be able to use up to 40 percent less water. This would make them a more reliable food crop during droughts. The project was executed in response to ongoing concerns in Latin America, where beans and other legumes provide high-quality nutrition in the…

    South Africa

    Drought crisis intensifies in Northern and Eastern Cape

    The continuing drought in the Northern and Eastern Cape is escalating into a humanitarian crisis. The western part of the Eastern Cape and adjacent parts of the Northern Cape…

    New apricot, nectarine, flat nectarine and Paraguayo varieties

    "Climate change affecting Europe requires the breeding of new adapted varieties"

    The Region of Murcia's stone fruit campaign has already started with small volumes, quality fruit and higher Brix levels than those of the first batches of last year, when there were more abundant rains. Prospects are therefore good, given also the interest observed in the market. "Fruit buyers and…

    According to the technician Pietro Cimatti

    Frost damage caused even fewer kiwis in Italy than in 2020

    "After visiting all the main fruit-growing areas in Italy, I can say that in 2021 there will be even fewer kiwis in Italy than in 2020," said Pietro Cimatti, fruit-growing expert. The situation in Emilia-Romagna is slightly better than last year, when the frost had impacted very heavily. This year the…

    The Cooperativa Sant Bernat de Carlet estimates a 20% decrease in this campaign

    Rain and excess humidity take their toll on stone fruit in the Valencian Community

    The excess humidity caused by 9 days of consecutive rains is putting Valencia's summer fruit campaign on the ropes. The weather has led to curdling problems in apricots and…

    Drought reduces Taiwan lychee production to 10% in worst case

    Prolonged drought in Taiwan has affected the harvest in various areas. In Qishan, Dashu and other areas in Kaohsiung, Yuhebao lychees have trouble fruiting due to continuous…

    Ontario growers positive following recent temperature drop

    Ontario growers are breathing a sigh of relief following last week’s drop in temperatures and wet snow. On apples, Cathy McKay, the Ontario Apple Growers chair and an apple grower and operator of a pick-your-own orchard near Port Perry, ON says it surveyed its growers about the effects of the weather in…

    Update on low temperatures in the Midwest

    Weather fluctuations’ affect on apple growers still to be determined

    While it’s still early in their seasons, two U.S. apple-growing regions have been contending with significant temperature shifts. Michigan recently saw two cold mornings with temperatures getting down to about 26 degrees Fahrenheit for about three hours. “The bud development on apples is still pretty…

    An overview of the situation with Patrizio Neri

    Jingold cannot estimate the frost damage to kiwifruit

    According to Patrizio Neri, president of Jingold, "the 2021 frost was undemocratic. At a distance of a few hundred meters, there can be companies with 50% or 60% of losses and others with no or almost no problems. And this has happened everywhere, from Veneto to Calabria." "A supplier from the south has…

    Eric Godard Durand, Agence Laparra:

    “The market will fill the gap, but the problem lies with our producers”

    Regarding the recent frost in France, Eric Godard Durand, president of Agence Laparra in Rungis, claims that “everyone will be affected in France and there will be severe consequences this year.” “We all have producers around us who have been impacted by the frost, especially the stone fruit in the Rh?ne…

    MedFEL Tuesdays - May 4th, 2021

    Frost wave in European orchards: will we have summer fruit and vegetables?

    In several regions of France, as well as in the north of Italy and Spain, plantations have been touched by the recent cold spell, with consequences on the harvests to come. A…

    Nearly € 4 million in losses, according to initial estimates

    The storms on April 20 affected some 2,000 hectares of crops in Alicante and Valencia

    According to La Unió de Llauradors' first assessment of yesterday's hailstorms, the weather event damaged some 2,000 hectares of crops in some regions of Alicante and Valencia. Losses are estimated at around 4 million euro, not including damages to infrastructure. Yesterday storms affected five highly defined…

    Eta and Iota take a toll on Honduran agricultural exports

    Data on Honduran agricultural exports in 2021 show the impact that tropical storms Eta and Iota (which hit the country in November last year) had on the productive activity.…

    France: cherry trees devastated by frost

    The cherry harvest in the Gard department should have been starting in the coming days, but the recent frost has destroyed nearly 80% of the harvest. Guillaume Galoppini,…

    An overview of the situation in Emilia Romagna, Italy

    Strong losses for the apricot sector, but not in all areas

    The Italian hilly area of Romagna has saved a good part of the apricot production, while in the plain damages are extremely high. The northernmost plain area, the provinces of Ravenna and Bologna (Imola), recorded the greatest losses. While southwards, in Forlì and Cesena, things went better. Photos taken…

    Corsica: Kiwis also affected by frost

    In Corsica, the kiwi crops have not been spared by the cold. For Pascal Fazi, who has been growing nearly 5 hectares of kiwis since 2015, the frost has caused significant…

    Matthew McIntyre - McIntyre Fruit

    “In a 15-day period we spent 14 nights out protecting the crops from frost”

    The last couple weeks has seen extensive frost damage across crops in Europe, this cold weather was also felt further north in Scotland. Matthew McIntyre grows soft fruit and cherries in Perthshire, the farm boasts some of the latest cherry production in the Northern Hemisphere. “In a 15-day period we spent…

    The first Italian cherries are on the market

    Despite the fact that the weather is far from spring-like, the first cherries from Apulia (specifically from the areas of Barletta, Andria, and Trani) are already being marketed. "At the beginning of week 15, the first cherries were harvested and by now we are already planning another harvest. These are…

    France: Solidarity fund of 1 billion euros for farmers affected by frost

    On Saturday, April 17th, the French prime minister announced the creation of an “exceptional solidarity fund” of 1 billion euros [1.20 billion USD] for the farmers affected by…

    Multiple US states concerned about April weather

    The unpredictable April weather is worrying fruit growers in many US states. Fruit farmers in central Illinois are worried the Tuesday night freeze might destroy their crops.…

    STM BIO:

    “What is certain is that there will be severe consequences”

    STM BIO specializes in the production and marketing of organic products from the Roussillon area. The French company based in Perpignan has also suffered from the recent frost that hit France last week. “We will have all the results in the coming days but what is certain is that there will be severe…

    France: up to 95% of losses for apple growers in the Cher

    In Saint-Palais, near Bourges, the orchards of Corinne Laroche have also suffered from the cold. The use of straw fires to protect the apple, pear and blueberry crops proved…

    Frost in France: 500,000 euros lost for the cherry orchards of Fougerolles

    Last week’s frost has devastated the cherry trees of Fougerolles (Haute-Sa?ne). Producer Philippe Gallaire has gone around his orchards and declared that “everything is…

    Croatian fruit growers fear damages due to morning frosts

    Yesterday, Croatian Fruit Growers' Association president Branimir Markota said that the real extent of damage due to the unusually cold weather - with snow and early morning…

    Australia: Climate change means smaller strawberries, higher costs

    Strawberries appear to be the latest victims of a changing climate. Also, as smaller strawberries take longer to pick, production costs are rising along with temperatures.…

    Agroseguro received hail claims every day between April 7 and August 30

    Hail was the most damaging weather phenomenon for Spain's countryside in 2020

    Hailstorms were the weather phenomenon that caused the most damages to Spanish agriculture in 2020. The damages it caused forced Agroseguro to pay producers compensation amounting to 227.4 million euro. Last year's hailstorms started earlier than in other years. The insurance company received the first…

    Theo Kampschoer, Kampexport:

    “French producers have lost almost their entire harvest”

    With the frost episodes from last week, French producers have suffered heavy losses. Theo Kampschoer of Kampexport looks back on this complicated week. Heavy lossesIn the upper Rh?ne valley near Tain-l’Hermitage, in Ardèche and in the region of Mercurol, temperatures went down to -4°C, causing…

    Sleepless nights for Belgian kiwi berry growers

    Belgian fruit growers and wine farms are struggling. Kiwi berry farmers are no expectation. "It keeps frosting at night and in the mornings. Unlike stone and top fruit, it's not kiwi berry blossoms that need protection. These plants are vulnerable to frost much earlier in their growth cycle. Dormant…

    Almond groves affected by frost all over Italy

    Almond groves all over the peninsula have been heavily affected by the late frost of the past few days. "It is too painful to visit the groves. I do not know if there will be anything left to harvest, as fruits are dropping every day. The external part of the fruits has changed color while the inside,…

    Frost: Shortage of French fruit on the shelves to be expected

    The frost episodes earlier this month have devastated the crops. The Minister of Agriculture, Julien Denormandie, declared on Monday that it was “probably the greatest…

    According to initial estimates, 5,000 hectares in Plana Baixa were affected

    Castellon's citrus crops were affected by last weekend's hailstorm

    The hail that fell last Sunday in various towns in Plana Baixa has affected different crops in the Castellon region, especially citrus crops. According to La Unio de Llauradors, a first emergency assessment recorded significant damage, especially in Artana, la Vilavella, Nules, Moncofa, and la Vall d'Uixo.…

    Weather extremes cause problems for fruit and vegetable growers

    Serious frost damage to stone fruit and green asparagus

    Frost, hail and strong temperature fluctuations characterize the current weather situation in Germany. The fluctuating weather is also having an extreme impact on agriculture.…

    Frost in France: Professionals assess the damage

    The cold spell that has hit France, along with the violent frost episodes, has caused considerable damage, from the north to the Rh?ne valley and the southwest. Many regions…

    Alexandre Cancel, Cancel Fruits:

    “It is too early to estimate the losses, we will know more at the end of the week”

    The French kiwi season is ending this week for Cancel Fruits. The company will soon begin with kiwis from Italy and then from Chile. In terms of prices, this is a record year for kiwis. “We’ve never seen this before! The season went very well since we finished earlier than usual. The launch was difficult…

    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-Rh?ne-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…


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