Freezes and frosts have damaged more than half of the Christmas tree crop in some parts of Nova Scotia this spring. The council has been talking with the provincial Agriculture Department and the Federation of Agriculture on possible emergency funding to help growers. Bonnyman didn’t have a damage estimate but noted that Nova Scotia growers export at least $15 million in trees each year.
Six hundred farmers at Agogo in the Ashanti Region and parts of northern Ghana, who suffered natural disasters in the 2017 farming season, have received an insurance of GH¢640,052.69 from the Ghana Agricultural Insurance Pool (GAIP). The GAIP, a private insurance company, yesterday presented a cheque for the amount being insurance claims, to a Kumasi-based private company, Premium Foods Ltd, on behalf of the farmers at a ceremony in Accra.
The ongoing eruption of Kilauea on Hawaii’s Big Island is starting to have a noticeable impact on the state’s agriculture industry and some farmers, cut off by lava flows, are resorting to unusual methods to harvest their crops. The state department of agriculture estimates the eruption has resulted in over $14 million in losses for farmers on the island. That figure is likely to rise as the lava continues to flow, with no predictable end in sight.
ANAKIE sheep and grain farmer Shane Trotter was “shocked” when he discovered his insurance policy did not cover livestock theft. About three weeks ago thieves cut the chain on a padlocked gate of his farm and took 148 lambs that were ready to be sold. The lambs were estimated to be worth $150 each, or $22,200. The theft was reported to police. “But they didn’t even come out, they just wrote a report from their office,” Mr Trotter said.
Residents of Boulder County spent Tuesday surveying the aftermath of a storm on Monday that dropped 3-inch hailstones.A meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said that 1.25-inch hail was reported in south Longmont and south of Hygiene, and 1-inch hail was reported two miles northwest of Niwot.
About one-quarter of Ukraine's territory suffers from drought, with mostly eastern and southern regions under threat of losing a considerable part of the gross grain harvest. Tetyana Adamenko, the head of Ukraine's Hydrometeorological Centre said this as quoted by Interfax-Ukraine news agency. The drought engulfed the southeastern part of Ukraine - mostly Zaporizhya, Kherson and Kharkiv region.
The Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation (MASC) is still assessing hail claims from an intense thunder storm that swept across much of southwest and south-central Manitoba the evening of June 14. As of press time Monday morning MASC had received 250 spot loss hail claims and 120 re-seeding claims as a result of hail damage, David Koroscil, MASC’s claims manager said in an interview.
The short Florida lychee season is almost over for the year, as the last varieties are being picked off the trees and sent to market. Damage from Hurricane Irma last year, along with cool winter temps has meant numbers are down this year compared with previous years. Some growers had a good crop, while others did not.
Hundreds of small-scale farmers who ventured into farming after obtaining bank loans have faced a setback with the perishing of crops in the monsoon downpour in the last couple of weeks. Though preliminary estimate prepared by the Revenue Department confirms crops loss in around 450 hectares, farmers’ organisations claimed it was just one-third of the total loss.
This heat wave brings challenges for area farmers still recovering from one of the wettest months of May on record. Mountain farmers may have dodged the downpours but now comes the heat. Some are dealing with problems like fields overgrown with weeds and not yet planted. It's a mixed bag at North River Farms in Henderson County. Water is being pumped to irrigate tomatoes just recently drowned by heavy rain but now showing signs of a little wilt in the scorching sun.
Severe flooding over the weekend has many low-lying soybean fields underwater. As the water dissipates yield potential and replant questions will arise. Flooding can be divided into either water-logging, where only the roots are flooded, or complete submergence where the entire plants are under water. Water-logging is more common than complete submergence and is also less damaging.
The Nova Scotia wild blueberry industry has been hit hard by recent adverse weather conditions. Officials expect this year’s harvest will produce less than half of what it typically would. For the last three weeks, farmers from one end of the province to the other have been hit multiple times with frost. Before the cool weather struck, farmers were optimistic about this year’s blueberry harvest.
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