The main Sicilian artichoke producers are facing a very unpleasant situation. Enzo Rametta told about the current campaign trend, which is indicative of a bad season for the second year in a row. Rametta explained, “For the second year in a row, the artichoke campaign is just a disaster. Last year, the season was characterised by summer drought, which affected the whole season. In December, the situation got worse as the cold temperatures blocked the plants’ growth”.
A Nisland ranch family lost more than 300 ewes and yearling sheep when fire engulfed their lambing sheds early on Jan. 3. According to Stan Lewis, chief of Nisland-Arpan Volunteer Fire & Rescue, the fire was reported at 12:05 a.m. at the James Mickelson ranch, located two miles east of Nisland on Highway 212.
A Headlands farmer is counting his losses after using a wrong chemical which damaged almost two hectares of his tobacco crop in an attempt to control aphids and budworms. All was well for Wilson Tsviku’s flourishing tobacco crop until last week when his farm workers applied a wrong chemical which destroyed over two hectares of the gold leaf.
China has managed to have a seed sprout on the moon for the first time. A small cotton plant has germinated in a tube prepared for this purpose aboard the Chang'e 4 probe, the first to land on the hidden side of our satellite in the history of space exploration. These plants were not the first to grow in space: as some zinnias from a team from NASA had already bloomed on the International Space Station (ISS) in 2016.
The first frosts of winter affected a total of 6,548 hectares and caused damage worth more than 3.7 million euros, stated the Minister of Agriculture, Miguel Angel del Amor. The economic damage amounted to more than 3,760,000 euros, which is a very high figure for the first wave of cold, according to the minister.
Meghan Arriola has had an East El Paso farm in her family for generations. During that time, one situation has happened a lot more than she’d like to see. “Out here on the farm we do experience dog attacks,” Arriola said. She told she understands how the owners of Licon Dairy feel after two dogs slaughtered 10 of their animals.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAG-ASA) has stated that Visayas -one of the three principal geographical divisions of the nation- will experience a dry season in the first quarter of the year. Therefore, the Provincial Agriculture Office (PAO) urged farmers to shift to high-value crops in preparation for the El Niño phenomenon.
According to recent research, East Africa could be facing the threat of a citrus fruit sap-sucking pest with the potential to collapse its entire regional fruit industry. The pest is called the Asian citrus psyllid and it transmits the bacterium that causes citrus greening disease, which deforms fruits and reduces their commercial value enormously.
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