Heavy rains and windstorm badly affected wheat, vegetables and fruit orchards across the district. The wheat crop was affected on 5 per cent of total cultivated area, vegetables 2 per cent and fruit orchards 4.5 per cent in the district. According to Agriculture Director Chaudhry Abdul Hameed, a total 33,787 acres of wheat crop, 510 acres of vegetable and 342 acres of fruit orchards were affected owing to rains and windstorm.
Wild turkeys are wreaking havoc on western Quebec's farms, leading to calls for better control of the hungry birds' population. The Union of Agricultural Producers (UAP) says wild turkeys have been causing more and more trouble as their population grows. "We want to find a solution, find a way to control them without exterminating them," said Stéphane Alary, UAP vice-president for the Outaouais-Laurentian region. A farmer himself, Alary said he lost two tons of wheat a few years ago when turkeys ate their way through 10 per cent of his 20-acre field.
The Iraqi Ministry of Trade on Thursday reported that large quantities of wheat and barley have been spoiled due to recent bouts of extreme rainfall across many parts of the country. Fearing flash floods, multiple provinces have declared a state of emergency as several instances of torrential rains continued. Dams being filled amid continued precipitation and the increased flow upstream further exacerbated those concerns.
The rainstorm that ravaged settlements in Bara and Parsa districts on March 31 also destroyed crops worth millions in Bara alone, as per the preliminary estimate. According to Agriculture Knowledge Centre, Bara, crops that were ready for harvest including wheat, lentils, maize among others were damaged by the massive winds that struck the area.
Heavy rain and hail hit Paphos crops once again on Wednesday, with the local division of the association of Cyprus farmers (EKA) demanding immediate compensation. According to EKA, the rain and hail resulted in the destruction of “many if not all” of Paphos crops, saying that if the state failed to address the issue, “the agricultural world will once again have to shoulder the costs.”
The department's tropical region has been affected by heavy rains and the southern cone by droughts. According to reports, both natural phenomena have damaged almost 10 thousand hectares of cultivation: 7 thousand hectares of fruit trees have been affected in Chapare, 2 thousand hectares of corn have been lost in Pasorapa, 80 hectares of watermelon and tomato in Omereque, and Aiquile also reports damages.
As if the damage from recent snowfall wasn’t enough for local farmers — and their crops — to endure, some hungry birds made a big impact on farmland at Nash’s Organic Produce in Dungeness. Patty McManus-Huber, promotions coordinator for the farm, said 10 acres of purple sprouting broccoli (PSB), and Italian cauliflower were eaten in full by various migrating birds, including trumpeter swans.
Heavy rain accompanied by hail on Wednesday flattened nearly 50% of the standing mustard crop in 300 villages of Pilibhit district. Besides, standing wheat crop in several parts of the district was also damaged. Agricultural experts and revenue officials, who made separate assessments of the damage on Thursday, said it would take a few more days to precisely calculate the quantum of actual loss on individual basis.
Hemp and hops are being promoted among alternatives for crops wiped out by Hurricane Michael in the eastern Panhandle. Glen Aiken, director of the University of Florida’s North Florida Research and Education Center, said Monday the need for alternatives has grown as farmers in an eight-county area suffered most of the estimated $1.5 billion hit to the state’s agriculture industry in the October storm.
Pests and pathogens are an integral part of agriculture. They’ve been around since mankind has been growing crops, coevolving with agricultural plants. However, that’s not to say that we can’t do anything to fight them. Different methods have been employed, with varying degrees of success. But before we can talk about large-scale campaigns against pests, we first need to understand the big picture.
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