The Association of Kenya Insurers says this will enable the farmers to recoup their losses once faced by vagaries of unpredictable weather and climate change. While humanity has control over what they decide to plant or the animals they keep, the success of any of the ventures depends on nature’s providence. When drought strikes all the investment is bound to be lost. The Association of Kenya Insurers is asking farmers to take up agriculture insurance to save themselves from such losses.
While some areas of Minnesota and Iowa are expecting record yields for corn and soybeans this fall, that is not the case for large parts of Redwood, Renville and Brown counties. Hit with too much rain early in the growing season, fields were barely planted when the skies began to open up and and dump water. Redwood, Renville and Brown counties are usually in the state’s top 10 percent for corn and soybean production.
Losses from Hurricane Irma last year sent the value of the 2017-18 Florida citrus crop plummeting 41 percent. That’s a preliminary estimate of last season’s crop value released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture at an advisory committee composed of Florida growers. One of those growers — Larry Black, general manager of the Peace River Packing Co. in Fort Meade — expressed little surprise.
Although India is among the top producers of several agricultural commodities, it continues to have grossly inaccurate production estimates. Maharashtra, the second largest producer of cotton, soybean and sugarcane in the country, has often missed its production and yield estimates. Accurate data is also required to compensate farmers for crop losses caused by natural calamities and for settlement of insurance claims.
Warmer temperatures caused by climate change are projected to boost insect activity and lead to more crop loss, a new study from the University of Washington warns. The hotter weather will speed up the “metabolic rates” of the world’s insect population, causing the critters to eat more, the study authors found. Warmer temperatures also are expected to increase the reproductive rates of insects, the study said.
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.
The devastating floods that have left a trail of destruction will cripple the state’s agriculture production in a major way in the current year, especially rice. As per the primary analysis by the the state agriculture department, around 56,844.44 ha of cropped area has been affected by the floods, causing a loss of Rs 1355.68 crore to 3.14 lakh farmers. Justin Mohan, director, Agriculture Department, said this is only an indicative loss, and that the actual loss will be very high as the majority of the affected farmers are still languishing in flood relief camps.
Late-season rains and somewhat cooler temperatures have not been enough to turn the average corn and soybean crop condition around. USDA’s August 20 Crop Progress report announced 68 percent of the U.S. corn crop in good-to-excellent condition, down 2 percentage points from the prior week. The good-to-excellent ratings are still above the prior year’s level of 62 percent and the same as the five-year average.
The storm on Wednesday evening came with wind, heavy rain and hail, causing widespread crop damage, stripping twigs and needles from cedar trees in the canyons. It also left piles of hail that remained southeast and southwest of Maxwell well into Thursday afternoon. There were areas where the storm seemed to unleash the height of its fury. One of those was the home of Rob and Barbara Robinson in Boxelder Canyon southwest of Maxwell.
The state made emergency farm loans available starting in late July to those who sustained damage due to cold weather last winter. Farmers in Tehama County had a rough winter earlier this year when a freeze caused severe crop damage to almonds trees. According to a letter from Individual Assistance Program Manager Karma Hackney to County Supervisor Candy Carlson, the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services will designate emergency farm loans.
The harvest of wheat and barley in Bulgaria is drawing to a close. Like in the major Black Sea countries (Ukraine, Russia), first these crops suffered from drought in the grain formation period, and then from abundant rains at the height of the harvest. These agrometeorological conditions affected both yield and quality of grain. In Bulgaria, wheat and barley yields in the course of harvesting are 8-10% lower than last year.
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