Roger Marshall stopped by southwest Kansas today to hear what farmers and ranchers have to say about the farm bill, which is being drafted in DC. Congressman Marshall says the Department of Agriculture is looking at a 3 percent cut, but there’s one area he won’t touch. “First and foremost is crop insurance is working well,” said Marshall. “Crop insurance costs Americans about $35 per person.” The voters agree, saying crop insurance benefits more than just farmers.
Kansas farmers are being asked to remove volunteer wheat from their fields by late August in an effort to reduce the carrier of wheat streak mosaic virus. In early August, the Kansas Wheat Commission reported that wheat streak mosaic virus caused a conservative $76.8 million in direct losses to Kansas wheat farmers. That amounts to 19.2 million bushels of wheat, and a 5.7 percent yield loss — well above the average 1.5 percent yield loss.
Frost during blossoming and other weather events have taken their toll on European apple trees: The harvest is going to be significantly lower than it used to be. The region around the lower Elbe, the largest continuous fruit cultivation area of Nothern Europe, got off comparatively lightly. According to reports of the Landvolk press service, producers are estimating the yields to be one third lower than they were last year, reaching around 200,000 tons.
Farmers, agronomists and insurers in the region continue to wade through the troubled waters of soybean damage attributed to off-target drift damage from the herbicide dicamba. In 2017 major manufacturers commercialized new formulations of herbicides that only go with soybean varieties that were genetically-modified to be resistant to it.
More than ‘normal’ rainfall in the last three weeks in 11 districts of south-interior Karnataka, which received scanty rains in the first two months of monsoon season (June-July), has helped revive kharif sowing activities to a large extent. According to the Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNDMC), the quantum of rainfall in August so far in these districts, including Mandya, Mysuru, Chitradurga and Bengaluru, has been 95 mm, which is 70% more than the ‘normal’ benchmark of the long period average (LPA) of around 55 mm.
Drones aren't just the cool new toy for kids, they are now also being used by farmers. It's an eye in the sky and some of the latest in farming technology. The LSU Ag Center has been researching how drones are revolutionizing the agriculture industry, especially in rice crops. "It will take consulting and scouting fields to the next level," said Jimmy Flanagan, the St. Mary parish county agent with the Ag Center.
The torrential rain in July has destroyed crop estimated to be worth Rs 1,193.75 crore in 17 districts of the state. The maximum damage was inflicted in Banaskantha and Patan districts; in all, 7.24 lakh farmers have been affected. A survey conducted by the state agriculture department has revealed that agriculture and horticulture have been hit in 4,309 villages. Even the Gujarat Land Development Corporation has suffered losses because of rain.
Claims of over Rs 7700 Cr have been paid to over 90 lakh farmers in the Kharif season of 2016 and Rabi season of 2016-17, the Prime Minister was informed on Monday at a high-level meeting to review the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana. Officials also told PM Narendra Modi that latest technology including smartphones, remote sensing, satellite data and drones are being used for speedy data collection with regard to crop insurance claims.
Farmers of Nuapada are apprehensive of drought with the rain playing truant in the region. The district has received merely 94.76 mm rainfall against the normal of 327.8 mm this month so far. Rainfall is crucial in July and August for agricultural activities and growth of paddy saplings. The State Government is waiting for crop cutting report to declare the district drought-hit.
The Government is seeking to promote the use of green houses to harvest more from high value crops, in the forthcoming fourth Strategic Plan for Agriculture Transformation (PSTA4). Dr. Octave Semwaga, Director General for Strategic Planning and Programmes Coordination at the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI), made the revelation last week at the sidelines of a conference where experts in agriculture and related fields, were debating on this six-year agriculture advancement strategy. PSTA4 will run from 2018 until 2023.
Underscoring the need for significantly higher insurance and reinsurance penetration in China, the country’s government has reported that natural disasters during the month of July 2017 alone have resulted in direct economic losses of around US $20 billion. Of the 135 billion yuan (20 billion U.S. dollars) of direct economic losses reported by China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs and the National Commission for Disaster Reduction, a relatively minimal amount is expected to be picked up by insurance and reinsurance markets.
As far as widespread damage, the damage that we saw in the middle of July from that storm (was much worse),” said Jason Ertl, a University of Minnesota Extension educator based in Nicollet County, referring to the damaging combination of strong winds, large hail and tornadoes that shredded crops in areas from Lake Crystal to Winthrop July 9.
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