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.
Some strawberry growers will have fewer berries on offer this season, due to an unusually cold winter killing off many of their plants. These growers are reporting losses of anywhere from 20 per cent to about half their crop gone. Their fields couldn’t withstand the intense periods of cold we experienced this past winter, said Manitoba Agriculture’s fruit crops industry development specialist Anthony Mintenko.
Temperatures over the next three days are forecast to fluctuate around the freezing point. As of Thursday afternoon, snow is predicted both Friday and Sunday, and Friday’s low is expected to reach 20 degrees — breaking a record low last set in 1898. Saturday’s temperatures are expected to warm up, with a high of 40 degrees. On Sunday, there is a 50 percent chance of rain and snow, according to the National Weather Service.
Fresh produce growers and retailers across the UK are recovering from crop delays and supply disruption after last week’s snow disrupted normal operations. The ‘beast from the east’ and Storm Emma are estimated to have cost the UK economy £1 billion a day and could halve GDP growth in the first three months of the year, according to the Centre for Economics and Business Research.
Cloudy skies and rain from this week's storm are a welcome sight for most growers in the Central Valley. But a late February cold snap put a chill on certain crops. The deputy ag commissioner in Fresno County says his office relies on growers to contact them to report damage. After that, they look at the percentage of loss and use the last year's crop report to determine the value.
A cold spell that gripped Taiwan in recent weeks caused nearly NT$70 million (US$2.38 million) in agricultural losses nationwide, the Council of Agriculture (COA) reported Wednesday. The most heavily damaged crop was pears, which accounted for NT$12.51 million of the total NT$69.03 million in agricultural losses, the COA said, citing data valid for the period Feb. 2-14.
Estimated agricultural losses caused by the Jan. 8 to Jan. 11 cold spell totalled NT$100.91 million (US$3.44 million) as of Friday, Council of Agriculture statistics showed. Damaged crops made up the bulk of the losses, totaling NT$84.96 million over 1,382 hectares. Especially hard-hit were tomatoes and bell fruit, followed by citrus fruit and jujubes.
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