The Rural Development Institute (IDR) has estimated next year's peach harvest. According to the IDR, production is expected to be slightly lower than that the 127,241 tons achieved in the previous year. According to the data, there will be an important decrease the South oasis, where two thirds of the expected harvest was lost.
While there were no major frost damage in most of the productive valley so far this spring, there were two hailstorms that affected crops in Roca and Villa Regina. This season's problem is not the volume but the quality of the fruit. The large number of rainy days there's been in the region has a direct impact on the activity, as the orchards must be treated with agrochemicals to prevent fungal diseases.
The fruit sector has been facing complications for years. In addition to the economic bad moments that it's had, the sector is losing arable land by the advance of other productive varieties and, fundamentally, by new real estate developments. In Neuquen, the sector loses 50 to 100 hectares a year. This data is based on the records that Senasa (National Health and Agricultural Food Quality Service) presented in its statistical yearbook.
A record wheat harvest expected in Argentina this year could arrive just in time to jumpstart the ailing South American economy in the fourth quarter, after growth has been hit by low investment, high inflation and a soy crop devastated by drought. Farmers are rushing to plant wheat in the moist conditions left by rainstorms that helped destroy Argentina’s recently-harvested soy bean crop.
Soy harvesting machines are getting stuck in the mud as they try to move over water-logged fields in Argentina, threatening the country’s main cash crop as the government tries to stabilize its volatile peso currency and meet its new deficit target. The soy crop had already been hurt by a drought that ended last month, only to give way to near-constant rain storms that have turned once bone-dry fields into unharvestable mush.
Argentina's soybean crop is set to fall another 3 million mt from last month to 37 million mt, with yields falling 0.15 mt/ha to 2.2 mt/ha, the Rosario Board of Trade said Wednesday. The biggest month-on-month loss was seen in the province of Cordoba, down 1.3 million mt, while projections in Buenos Aires are down 700,000 mt and Santa Fe is set to lose 400,000 mt.
Jorge Josifovich is silent and downcast as he walks under the pounding sun in one of Argentina’s most fertile agricultural regions, staring at soy crops parched by the country’s worst drought in years. The drought, which began in November, has caused big losses, reduced expectations of economic growth and raised concerns among farmers, government officials and experts in the world’s third-largest exporter of soybean and corn.
The drought currently affecting most of Argentina’s productive lands has already generated losses of $870 million in the Cordoba province, according to a recent study by Cordoba grain exchange BCCBA. The districts of Rio Cuarto and Juarez Celman are the most affected, with losses of $280 million and $165 million respectively, the report found, estimating total soybean production of 9.5 million mt in the current crop cycle, down 22% compared to the 2016/17 season.
Argentine soy and corn crops rated "poor to very poor" increased further on the week to 82.1% and 76.4% respectively, due to continuous dry weather, the Buenos Aires Grain Exchange (BAGE) said in an update Wednesday. Yields of both crops have been hit hard by persistent dry weather since last November, cutting quality and crop expectations.
Drought-hit Argentine soy yields are well below historic averages, the Buenos Aires Grains Exchange said on Wednesday, with 8.8 percent of the harvest completed in the central farm belt and little hope of a near-term improvement in the weather. A recent increase in dryness in northern parts of the Pampas agricultural area, which had been moist earlier in the season, did not bode well for harvesting over the weeks ahead, the exchange said in its weekly crop report.
The Buenos Aires Grain Exchange (BAGE) trimmed its 2017/18 soy crop by a further 2.5 million mt down to 39.5 million mt, with the most recent losses in the north eastern area of the country which was hit by drought during critical growth stages. That figure is down 31% on the year and 14.5 million mt less since BAGE’s first estimate at the start of the season, and is one of the first industry bodies to forecast a crop lower than 40 million mt.
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