Millions of locusts have invaded the Italian island of Sardinia, with the province of Nuoro the worst hit. This invasion was the worst infestation in nearly 60 years and was devastating to both livestock and crop farmers. The swarms have destroyed crops and an estimated 2 500 ha of grazing land, while houses in the region have also been infested.
The weekend of June 1st-2nd was rather a difficult one for many producers in Salento. Heavy rain and violent hailstorms hit the Monteroni, Galatina, Sternatia, Poggiardo, Surano, Ruffano, Parabita, Matino and Guagnano municipalities, causing serious damage to watermelon, melon, tomato, zucchini and potato crops as well as many others.
Winemakers in northern Italy have been setting their vineyards ablaze - but for a very good reason. Unseasonably frosty weather in the South Tyrol region has been threatening to destroy this year's crop of grapes. To save them, winemakers have been warming them up in dramatic fashion by positioning hundreds of flaming torches among the vines, making the landscape look like something out of a fairy tale.
There is still no known cure for the olive-tree-killing Xylella bacteria, the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) said on Wednesday, warning that it poses a risk to plants and crops throughout Europe. Xylella fastidiosa, a deadly bacterial pathogen, was was first detected in 2013 when an outbreak hit olive trees in the southern Italian region of Puglia, causing scores of ancient trees to die off.
After the strong hailstorm recorded on Sunday May 12 in the Italian regions Basilicata and Apulia, new 'water bombs' mixed with hail affected the same areas. The situation is worrying for stone fruit, watermelon and table grapes. It was a very wet awakening, Monday May 13, in the provinces of Forlì-Cesena and Ravenna (Emilia Romagna).
After the Citrus Black Spot was detected in some shipments from Tunisia, it was decided to further analyze the situation in Italy. The Citrus Black Spot (CBS) is a disease that affects citrus fruit on a global level. The fungus (Guignardia citricarpa) generates spots on the fruits thus affecting both quality and yields.
NFO reports that last weekend nights were uncommonly cold. Temperatures remained just above freezing in most places in the Netherlands, although some places also saw a little frost. Some irrigation occurred, but most growers didn’t have to get out of bed. The cold weather caused quite a few more worries for fruit growers in Italy and Poland.
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