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06 08
2020
USA - Heat stress will worsen without CO2 reductions
In 2010, researchers confirmed that high heat and humidity can prevent sweating from lowering body temperature to a safe level. Death can follow due to a body overheating. Recently, researchers returned to the decade-old work and compared it with an eye on climate change trends.
06 08
2020
USA - Tropical storm damages crops for farmers
It may be more difficult for farmers in Eastern Carolina to harvest their crops after the tropical storm came through the area early Tuesday morning. The strong winds pushed down crops like tobacco, cotton, and corn, making it difficult for farmers to harvest them.
06 08
2020
USA - FSA reminds producers of ongoing disaster assistance program signup
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has started making payments through the Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program — Plus (WHIP+) to agricultural producers who suffered eligible losses because of drought or excess moisture in 2018 and 2019. Signup for these causes of loss opened March 23, and producers who suffered losses from drought (in counties designated D3 or above), excess moisture, hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, typhoons, volcanic activity, snowstorms or wildfires can still apply for assistance through WHIP+.
06 08
2020
Canada - Taber corn crops devastated by hail storms for second year
Hailstorms once again destroyed the Molnar’s Taber corn crop this season, but since the damage came earlier this season than last summer, they anticipate the late crop will be ready for market in a few weeks. “It was devastating again to have our crop hailed out and we just keep our fingers crossed that the hail stays away.
05 08
2020
USA - Hurricane Hanna hurts South Texas producers
Cotton producers in the Rio Grande Valley took a devastating hit from Hurricane Hanna, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Other row crops like corn and sorghum were harvested before the storm arrived, but some alternative crops like sesame and citrus experienced damages as well.
05 08
2020
Puerto Rico - Tropical Storm Isaias left up to $47.5 million in crop losses
Puerto Rico’s agricultural production suffered losses amounting to $47.5 million as a result of the strong winds and heavy rains brought on by Tropical Storm Isaias’ passing near the island last week. The plantain crop was the hardest hit by the storm, suffering 69 percent of the losses, Flores said, noting that other crops affected were bananas, which represented 20 percent of losses, and ornamental plants.