Winemakers in northern Italy have been setting their vineyards ablaze - but for a very good reason. Unseasonably frosty weather in the South Tyrol region has been threatening to destroy this year's crop of grapes. To save them, winemakers have been warming them up in dramatic fashion by positioning hundreds of flaming torches among the vines, making the landscape look like something out of a fairy tale.
NFO reports that last weekend nights were uncommonly cold. Temperatures remained just above freezing in most places in the Netherlands, although some places also saw a little frost. Some irrigation occurred, but most growers didn’t have to get out of bed. The cold weather caused quite a few more worries for fruit growers in Italy and Poland.
The warm weather in the latter days of Pesach made the rains of the first days a distant memory in the minds of many Israelis, who could even forget the cold and rainy weather that preceded it. Not so for the farmers. They will be remembering them, as well as dealing with their fallout, for many months to come.
Powerful cyclone with strong frosts and winds covered the territory of the United States from North and South Dakota to Maine. In Minnesota, the temperature broke the record 1800 and dropped below 50C. In Chicago the night temperature fell to -27C, which was at least since 1985. On Wednesday at the wheat site in the USA was influenced by the failure of the tender in Egypt.
The cold in the growing areas of Italy is currently affecting availability, as well as prices. The consequences have also been felt by organic producers for several weeks, confirms Emanuela Martella, spokeswoman for Ögema GmbH. The Bavarian trading company sources its organic goods directly from Italian producers, which are mainly marketed in Germany. "After a good sales in December, from the beginning of January, large quantities are lacking with regard to outdoor vegetables," she says.
Last week, air temperatures in Romania were mostly within long-term normal ranges, exceeding long-term normal values by 1..2°С in the south and northeast. The average daytime temperature varied within -2..+4°С, posing no risk of winterkill to crops. Precipitation in the form of rain and sleet occurred all over the country, but the highest rates were registered in the north and west (10-25 mm over the week) with at most 5-10 mm in the rest of Romania.
Some blueberry farmers across the state suffered an early spring freeze causing them to lose 60 percent of their crops. That's according to an extension agent for blueberry production with the University of Georgia. Blueberry plants cover the Good Berry Farms in Tifton. Thankfully, they didn't have a loss in blueberries due to the cold air this spring, however, they are taking precautions going into the fall and winter months.
Farmers whose crops were wiped out by the late June frost in Nova Scotia may get access to some emergency financial assistance from a government relief program. In response to the cold snap in early June, the federal and provincial agriculture departments announced they would allow more flexibility to join the margin-based AgriStability program, which supports farmers facing large declines in income brought on by lost production.
Valencian producers were surprised on Sunday afternoon by a heavy hailstorm and strong winds, which have caused severe damage to 11,000 hectares of citrus and kaki plantations in the region of La Ribera del Xúquer, with losses estimated at 47 million Euro. Hail has fallen in the main production area of Rojo Brillante in Spain, significantly affecting L'Alcúdia, Alzira, Algemesí, Tous, and Alberic, among other municipalities.
Just as in the rest of Europe, vegetable production, especially for greens like iceberg lettuce and baby spinach, have been hit but the unpredictable weather this spring and summer. The weather has been really difficult this season, with temperatures around 29 during the day and dropping down to 10 degrees (or lower) at night.
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