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.
The world sugar market is on course for a shortfall of 1,36 million tonnes, analyst Green Pool said on Friday in its first forecast for the 2019/2020 season. It also trimmed its projection for the global surplus in 2018/2019 to 2,64 million tonnes from a previous forecast of 3,6 million tonnes. There was a surplus of 19,6 million tonnes in 2017/2018, it said.
As area farmers make plans to attend the annual Alabama-Florida Peanut Trade Show on Thursday, losses from last season are fresh on their minds. Ken Barton, executive director of the Florida Peanut Producers Association, said farmers are in recovery mode from the damage caused by Hurricane Michael and a tremendous amount of rain.
There has been significant loss of this year’s planted oilseed rape area, with large regional differences being observed, according to a farmer survey by Kleffmann Group. The Kleffmann Group panel consists of 403 UK rape growers and calculates an original planted area in autumn 2018 of 581,030 hectares of winter rape. However, 68 farmers have reported failed crops amounting to 6.28 per cent of the total original planted area.
Coconut farmers affected by Titli cyclone are yet to pay amount under crop insurance scheme by its companies so far. Coconut farmers in Uddanam area paid crop insurance premium for one tree as Rs 10 for three years term in 2016 and it is in force till March 2019. With the motivation of horticulture officials farmers paid the amount to national insurance company under national crop insurance scheme (NCIC) which is applicable for horticulture crops.
Farmers in several area counties are eligible for low-interest loans to cover losses they sustained due to Hurricane Michael. The eligible counties, designated primary natural disaster areas by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue include Burke, Glascock, Emanuel, Hancock, Jefferson, Jenkins, Screven and Washington.
Though the impact of cyclone Phethai was not as damaging as expected by the State government, it still caused losses to the farmers in both Godavari delta and Krishna delta. The preliminary estimation by agriculture and horticulture departments have put the crop losses in an extent of 10,856 hectare (agriculture) and 405 hectare (horticulture). Paddy crop in 5,857 hectare suffered damage and majority of it was in Krishna district.
Unusually early and heavy snowfall split the trunks of 60 of Dar’s 100 apple trees in November, leading to huge apple - and financial - losses just before the harvest in Shopian, a region known as Kashmir’s apple bowl. “Even if the climate remains favorable in the years to come, I will get only 40 percent (of the apples) I used to harvest,” lamented the farmer from the village of Hirpora.
Farmers across Canada left thousands of acres of potato crops unharvested after a slew of bad weather created challenging conditions, setting the stage for a possible shortage of the starchy dinner table staple. “It’s unprecedented. Never, never before have I seen this in my time,” said Kevin MacIsaac, general manager of the United Potato Growers […]
While farmers are agitated over continuing crop damages by wild elephants in Thadagam valley, wild elephants went on a rampage in agricultural fields on Saturday night. The elephants damaged corn, coconut and banana crops. A lone elephant entered banana plantation, belonging to Elangovan at Varapalayam, and damaged at least 50 trees. Many of the banana trees trampled by the elephant were nearing harvesting stage.
The federal government’s latest report on climate change warns of specific dangers to Midwest agriculture production, which comprises a significant portion of the economies of Kansas and Missouri. Increasing temperatures and more extreme weather patterns such as flooding and drought will have serious consequences on crop and livestock production, according to the Fourth National Climate Assessment that was released the day after Thanksgiving.
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