China - Potato production down 20%, potato reserve fell by 30%

Potatoes are, according to Sannong Zhongguo, the fourth-largest staple food in China. There are four major production areas, the one in the north includes four north-eastern provinces (Gansu, Qinghai, Ningxia, and Xinjiang), as well as the northern part of Hebei, the northern part of Shanxi, and the north-western part of Shaanxi. This production area accounts for half the overall surface area devoted to potato plantation in China. The potato harvest season was over in most production areas by the last week of October, although the north of Shaanxi, Gansu, and Ningxia was still finishing up. Data shows that the overall surface area devoted to potato plantation decreased in 2018, and the production volume per hectare also decreased. The potato production volume reached 23.95 million tons, which is 5.83 million tons less than in 2017, or a decrease of 19.58%. Production areas in Gansu and Ningxia experienced relatively heavy rainfall this year, but they also suffered from quite severe potato blight. Original estimates in August predicted an increased production volume, but those predictions have changed to a decrease in production volume. This was quite clear at the beginning of the potato harvest in Gansu and Ningxia, which began 15-20 days earlier than last year. The volume of potatoes that enters storage also decreased this year, with conservative estimates predicting a decrease of 30% and other estimates going as high as 50%. Source -

USA - Summer weather still impacting farmers as fall harvest begins

It was a summer of significant crop loss for U.S. farmers as drought and severe rain events tore through the country. As the fall harvest season begins, some farmers are still recovering. In Northeast Ohio, harvest season will start late on Jason Schriver’s 300 acres of farmland. 


Philippines - Agriculture damage due to Maring now over P1B

The damage left to the country’s agriculture sector by Severe Tropical Storm Maring after ravaging northern Luzon and parts of the Visayas has risen to more than a billion pesos, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said Friday.


USA - Storms down fungus-infected crops

A combination of fungus and this week’s stormy weather is ravaging crops. We first told you about tar spot on Monday. It has been devasting to farmers. “Going into this, this should have been one of the best crops the guy has ever raised in to see it now flat,” said Marc Eads, farming consultant. 


India - Exposed at sea, fishers need better insurance to manage climate risks

Rufino Possa, 52, a fisher from Uttan, a coastal village in north Mumbai, returned home on October 2, after 12 days at sea, four days more than he planned. The rough seas churned up by Cyclone Gulab towards the end of September meant that he could not find any catch. 


USA - Idaho sees 40 percent reduction in 2021-2022 onion crop

Idaho onions have finished with harvest and one grower says there’s a 40 percent reduction in the crop over last year. "I attribute it to five different things,” says Shay Myers of Parma, ID-based Owyhee Produce. “There was record dry weather, record windy weather, record high temperatures, record smoke-filled skies and a record labor shortage.”


China - Apple supply at risk due to hailstorms in Shaanxi Province

Last month, the average price of Chinese apples rose by 1.7% m-o-m to USD 1,115/MT due to several extreme weather events in the northwest of China. China is the world’s largest producer of apples, accounting for almost half of global production.


Time will tell if challenging 2021 grape harvest affects wines across world

The heady aroma of crushed grapes (must, as it is known in the industry) is filling the air of wineries across the Northern Hemisphere. Starting as early as August in some regions, and continuing into October in others (depending on varietal and climate), the 2021 grape harvest is shaping up to be one for the record books—not all of it in a good way.


India - No MSP procurement of Bajra in state, farmers facing losses up to Rs 1000 per quintal

The Bajra (Millet) producing farmers of Rajasthan are facing a loss of up to Rs 900-1000 per quintal as there is no MSP (minimum support price) procurement of the crop in the state till now. The issue is heating up as the neighbouring state Haryana is not only procuring it but giving price differences to the Bajra producing farmers.