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28 04
2017
Italy - Frost caused heavy damage to kiwis in Lazio
Over 60% of kiwi orchards were damaged in various areas in Lazio. The territory affected by the frost of 20th-22nd April 2017 goes from south-west Rome to the entire Latina area. "Temperatures have not dropped may degrees below zero, but a lot depended on the land. For example, plants located in dips of even just one metre were hit far worse than the others. Male plants, which are generally taller, stand out with their green against a background of burnt female plants," explains Crea researcher Gianni Tacconi.
28 04
2017
Map shows extreme weather threats facing wine regions
Every year, the worldwide wine industry suffers losses of more than $10 billion due to extreme weather events and natural disasters such as frost, hail, drought and forest fires. Scientists investigated the extent to which 7,500 wine regions in 131 countries are affected by these events and how climate change affects the wine industry. They've release a global risk index map for wine regions, and found that the wine regions of Mendoza and San Juan in Argentina are exposed to the highest risks worldwide.
28 04
2017
USA - Farmers in southwest Kansas may face a blow to wheat crop
Some wheat crops may have been damaged by recent frost. Because of the unusually warm winter, wheat came out of dormancy in February. Temperatures dropped below freezing last weekend in some parts of southwest Kansas. “Well this year’s wheat crop across the state is about 5 days ahead of its regular maturity,” said John Jenkinson, KSN agriculture expert.
28 04
2017
Canada - Farm groups calling on government to speed insurance process
With approximately one million unharvested acres sitting wet and soggy in Alberta fields, farm groups are calling on the provincial government to expedite crop insurance payments and prevent further delays to spring seeding. Alberta farmers are usually hitting the fields to start seeding about now, but this year many haven’t yet had the chance to deal with last year’s crop. Early frost and fall snowstorms (with the worst damage suffered in central and northern Alberta) disrupted the 2016 harvest for many producers — forcing them to leave their crops on the ground through the winter months.
28 04
2017
Italy - Bad weather causes damage to crops in the south
A producer from Puglia reports that "the cold front that, all of a sudden hit the Canosa and Cerignola areas, damaged apricots and peaches, which were also affected by the hailstorms, as well as vegetables such as tomatoes." "The consequences are not immediately recognisable, as a few days must pass. The growth of grafted peach trees has stopped due to the low temperatures and vines show signs of burning." Stone fruit production has halved all over Italy and the producer reports good market price prospects.
28 04
2017
Australia - Cane farmer estimates crop losses could be 30%
A Mackay region canefarmer is still cleaning and repairing his flood damaged property a month after he copped a lashing from Cyclone Debbie. Ray Abela, a grower of more than four decades, lost roughly 30% of his cane crop when a torrent of water ripped through his Drapers Siding farm, just north of Eton. The 56-year-old's home was also inundated, as well as a shed housing a variety of farm machinery, such as tractors.