Hurricane Michael is expected to bring crop losses of up to about $2bn to the southeastern US – but that damage is unlikely to trickle into reinsurance. The US Department of Agriculture reported that Michael severely damaged cotton, timber, pecan and peanut crops, impacting up to 3.7mn acres of crop. RMS estimated liabilities could reach up to $1.9bn, but privately industry sources suggest losses closer to $1.3bn.
One of the worst droughts in recent Czech history is still tormenting farmers, with rainfalls in October measured at just a fifth of the monthly average. The total cost of damages to Czech agriculture and forestry has been estimated to lie at around CZK 24 billion so far and some farmers say the government is not doing enough about it.
Beginning in August, the University of Hawaii’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources conducted a survey of farmers affected by the Kilauea eruption. The 46 respondents reported that they had collectively lost approximately $27.9 million in destroyed property. Of the total damages reported, nearly two thirds — $17 million — were specifically damage to crops, while destroyed land, buildings and inventory accounted for $4.1 million, $3.3 million and $3 million in losses, respectively.
The onion production this year has been reduced by about 20% compared to previous years. Nowadays, the price is low and the storage cost is high. As the climate is cooling down, and the trade costs of growers and storage companies are high. Due to long-term storage, peeling and rot were observed in the onions stored in the package.
Subsistence farming using bullocks was replaced with tractors and mechanized harvesters and using GMOs to improve crop immunity. And the now the next stage in the evolution of farming is a large-scale single crop unit that would give unparalleled output because of the ‘drones’ that would be deployed for various functions. A Chinese company Eagle Brother Co Ltd from Hubei Province is currently testing a platform for spraying crops with the help of drones.
India produces more than 300,000 tonnes of coffee with Karnataka contributing to 85% of this produce. Coffee in India has a rich history of 300 years, offering livelihood to more than 15 lakh families. India grows mainly Robustas (70%) with Arabica accounting for the rest. However, the real worry has been declining yield by 20% over the years and depleting margins for the farmers.
David Van Deynze, MASC’s vice-president of insurance operations, said if the crop is badly degraded, or impractical to harvest, adjusters will still estimate the yield that will be added to the farmer’s long-term average. That affects coverage in the future; the higher the farmer’s long-term average yield, the higher the coverage.
South Georgia corn farmers say heavy storm winds are responsible for ruining this year's crop. They say it blew over acres of fresh corn in the middle of harvest, and now they're racing to salvage what they can. Tuesday, Sweet Georgia Corn packing house in Camilla worked to chill truckloads of crates full of fresh corn pulled from the field that morning.
The Office of National Water Resources (ONWR) of Thailand raised concerns on emerging drought crisis in the country's northeast region. Nakhon Ratchasima, Maha Srakham and Khon Kaen in the Northeast, Suphan Buri and Uthai Thani in the Central Plains, and Lampang and Chiang Mai in the North are on alert after officials found many dams do not contain enough water to irrigate farmland in the coming cool season.
The heavy rains the region experienced this year helped to spread the disease, which destroyed tons of fruit. Black rot wasn’t the only problem this year. All that rain was bad for the grapes just by itself. The refrain is echoed through grapevines all over the Washington region. Some growers say it’s the worst year they’ve ever seen. The rain forced growers to make a tough decision: pick some grapes too soon or let them rot on the vine.
The Western Cape is set to receive R974 million (€59.5 mln) from the South African National Treasury and the National Disaster Management Centre for disaster recovery programmes and projects. Anton Bredell, Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning in the Western Cape, stated the bulk of the funding had been allocated to drought alleviation and combating programmes across the province.
The owner of an orchard in Puna, on Hawaii island, recently saw half of his trees killed due to a pest. He said it started with a healthy avocado tree, about a month after he purchased some mulch. "A ball of soil was shoveled out of the truck and I saw all these crawly things in it and I wasn't sure if it was termites or what."
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