In China, people breathe air thick with the lung-damaging pollutant ozone two to six times more often than people in the United States, Europe, Japan, or South Korea, according to a new assessment. By one metric -- total number of days with daily maximum average ozone values (8-hour average) greater than 70 ppb -- China had twice as many high ozone days as Japan and South Korea, three times more than the United States, and six times more than Europe.
Cage fish farmers across Ernakulam district suffered massive losses in the recent floods. Farmers of Pizhala, Kadamakkudy, Kothad, Aluva, Gothuruthu, and Kottappuram had seen their fish cages getting washed away, and fish had either gone missing or were dead,” said P.V. Santhosh of Thottakkattukara near Aluva. A senior scientist at the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), which has been encouraging farmers to take up cage fish farming, said most farmers lived near waterbodies that saw massive flooding.
While the catastrophe on the northern potato fields is becoming increasingly clear, growers and marketers in Southern Germany expect a slightly below-average harvest. Especially in Bavaria, there were only occasional weather extremes in recent weeks, which is why the growth of tubers was not significantly affected and today's producer prices are in a satisfactory level (€18-20 per 100 kg), and, since the local industry is increasingly focusing on exports, there are also interesting sales markets beyond its borders.
Augusta County has seen more than 15 inches of rain this summer, and that rain has caused some issues for a Valley brewery. Stable Craft Brewery grows a lot of its own hops, which have been damaged by the extensive rain and storms. As of August 14, the area has surpassed 40 inches of rain for the year, putting 2018 in the top 30 wettest years on record for the Shenandoah Valley, even with four months to go.
The Czech grain harvest is expected to drop by 7.5 percent on the previous year, hitting an overall yield of 6.345 tonnes, according to preliminary data released by the Czech Statistics Office on Monday. It is third lowest figure over the past ten years. The harvest of poppy seeds will also be affected by this year’s prolonged period of drought, dropping by one fourth on the previous year to 15,000 tonnes.
The fire south of Havre burned 200 acres on Saturday, according to the Bear Paw Volunteer Fire Department. Bear Paw VFD received the call around 10:30 p.m. Resources from Bear Paw, Kremlin, and Box Elder responded. Bear Paw VFD said that although residences and outbuildings were threatened, no structures burned.
Due to a prolonged heatwave and drought, Denmark's harvest of wheat, barley, oat and triticale could drop about 40 percent compared with previous years. According to the Danish Agriculture & Food Council (DAFC), the low harvest will cause a loss of 6.4 billion Danish kroner (about 995 million U.S. dollars) to Danish farmers. The Danish government has approved a series of aid measures for farmers.
Germany’s 2018 grain harvest will be the lowest in 24 years after a drought and heatwave heavily damaged crops, the association of German farm cooperatives DRV said on Wednesday. The grain crop will fall 20.3 percent to some 36.3 million tonnes, the smallest since 1994, the association said in a harvest report. Germany is among several north European countries which have suffered widespread damage to this summer’s harvest from drought and heatwave, with Germany recording the highest July temperatures since 1881.
The impact of the frosts early in the year, as well as of the hail in spring and summer in Valencia's kaki producing areas, will translate into about 35-40% less production in the next campaign, which will start in autumn. "At the moment, it seems that we will harvest between 35 and 40% less than we expected before the frost and hail storms took place; that is, about 360 million kilos," says Pascual Prats, new president of the Spanish Kaki Association. "There will be no shortage of kakis, but there won't be any leftover either."
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.
The drought situation is so severe that German farmers are referring to it as a natural disaster that poses a threat to their livelihoods. The farmers have made calls for around €1bn in special aid because of the drought but the government has replied stating that it would wait until the August harvest report before making a decision on how it will help farmers.
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