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31 05
2016
Australia - Crop insurance renewal & 3 tips to get the best value
It’s that time of year, seeding is all but finished and we look towards the heavens for some rainfall. All going well the crop will progress without any hiccups. However, issues can arise such as hail and fire. Over the next two months you are likely to be inundated with salesmen trying to get you signed up to crop insurance. In this report we will look at the two main cover types and give a few hints on getting the best deal. In Australia around 85% of growers typically take out some form of crop insurance, the majority will be cover for hail and fire, which will be the focus of this article. There have been a number of multi-peril crop insurance products offered. However, these are still in their infancy.
31 05
2016
Canada - Get your soybeans in soon or face higher frost risk in fall
Time is running out for Manitoba farmers to seed soybeans. “You still have some time to get them in, but I like to see soybeans in the ground in May and that gives you enough time for the plants to mature and reduce the risk (of damage from) a fall frost,” Dennis Lange, the Manitoba Department of Agricuture’s pulse crop specialist, said during the CropTalk EastMan webinar May 19. “With soybeans, the warmer the soil the better it is. They come up quicker. With soil temperatures at 10 C, soybeans take 15 to 17 days to come up if those temperatures are steady. If the soil temperature is at 15 C, they come up a lot quicker… seven to 10 days.”
31 05
2016
Canada - Farmers worried about crops as drought continues
A lot of farmers are looking up at the skies these days… Wondering when it might rain. A minor drought could see some area farmers cashing in on crop insurance. Many of their fields are burning up … Putting crops and livelihoods at risk. The old saying, you have to make hay while the sun shines has taken on a whole new meaning for area farmers like Kevin MacLean, who are begging Mother Nature for a little rain.
31 05
2016
India - Nizamabad selected for insurance scheme on pilot basis
Nizamabad district has been selected on experimental basis for implementation of Unified Package Insurance Scheme (UPIS) as part of Prime Minister Fasal Bheema Yojana (PMFBY) which will come into force from the ensuing kharif. The farmers enrolling under PMFBY are initially mandated in Nizamabad to opt at least two out of six sections of UPIS – personal accidents, life insurance, student safety insurance, dwelling/household insurance, agricultural pumpset insurance and tractor insurance, a government order today said. The government also notified the crops and districts to implement the villages and mandals as insurance unit schemes under the PMFBY. Soyabean in Adilabad, rice in Khammam, Karimnagar, Nalgonda, Warangal and Nizamabad and maize in Medak, Mahbubnagar and Ranga Reddy will be the predominant crops to be covered with villages as units of insurance.
31 05
2016
Costa Rica - Volcano eruption threatens agriculture
Agriculture in Costa Rica is under threat from the active Turrialba Volcano, which erupted in May this year. The volcano could potentially bury fields under a blanket of ash and turn rivers in to muddy torrents of volcanic mud. Recent eruptions by the volcano, located 36 km east of the capital of San Jose, could affect local crops and dairy production, especially in the more elevated regions of Turrialba, Oreamuno, Tierra Blanca, Alvarado and Coronado. The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock is on high alert. According to the latest figures, the ash presents a hazard for at least 261 hectares of crops.
31 05
2016
Morocco - Green technology for farmers
A project launched in 2015 by the Food and Agriculture Organization, the EBRD and the International Energy Agency, to promote the use of green technologies in farming, will now involve Moroccan farmers. The project was primarily destined for southern Mediterranean and Eastern Europe countries. A validation workshop of the initial results of the initiative was held on Tuesday 24 May at the Hassan II Agronomy and Veterinary Institute in Rabat. According to press reports, twelve technologies applicable to the sectors of farming and food processing were selected after the completion of several studies.