The intensity of this Monday's rains and hailstorms in south central Chile affected many crops. Some producers have registered more damages than others. The question is to what extent this will this affect exports and employment in the region. The president of the Association of Fruit Exporters of Chile (Asoex), Richard Bown, said that the regions of O'Higgins, Maule, Ñuble, Bio Bio, and Araucania were affected by the weather event.
The German association of fruit, vegetable and potato processing industry (BOGK) confirmed their press release statement from July this year, now the German potato harvest is completed and it has become clear that the expected low yield due to the drought this summer has become a reality. With only 8.7 million tons of potatoes, this yield reached a historical all-time low level.
If the volume of apples is satisfactory throughout the country (62,000 tons collected, more than the national target of 57,000 tons), their commercial potential is another matter. 5 to 10% of the apples harvested in French-speaking Switzerland do not reach the standards required in terms of diameter to be marketed. The cause: the lack of water during the summer.
As the wolf populations continue to grow in the Northwest, so does the conflict with cattle ranchers, especially in Northeastern Washington. Ron Eslick and his family have been grazing their cattle on land in Ferry County for about 30 years on a combination of state and federal land totaling about 13,000 acres. It is also home to gray wolves.
A major hailstorm has hit fruit production in Chile’s central and southern regions, and although damage assessments are still being made, it seems that there have been significant losses for numerous crops including cherries. The adverse weather event struck on Monday between the Metropolitan and Biobio regions, with the most severe impacts being reported in the foothill areas of the mountains.
JBA has collaborated with Chaucer through its platform in Singapore to develop a new probabilistic crop model for the Indian agriculture insurance market. The model launch coincides with the start of the India Rabi (winter) crop growing season and amid increasing evidence that a period of El Nino weather patterns will likely prevail from late 2018 into 2019.
Fruit grower Bruce Hollabaugh is ready to turn the page on 2018. It started in early August with what he describes as the worst hail storm to ever hit his family's farm in Biglerville, Pa. "Because of its timing, in 10 minutes the storm reduced our peach crop by 75%, small fruits by 50% to 60%, pears by 50% and apples by about 35%," says Hollabaugh, the farm's production and field personnel manager.
Central and mountainous regions of Mexico are experiencing freezing temperatures this week as a deep southward dip in the jet stream makes its way well south of the border, drawing colder air from the north. The states of Chihuahua, Coahuila, Durango, San Luis Potosi, and Guanajuato are seeing the coldest temperatures, with freezing conditions likely over the next few days, particularly in elevated areas.
Potato growers suffered major losses, and a lot of onions and carrots were never pulled from the ground this fall. And some farmers are still out combining their corn and sunflowers over snow-covered fields. But, by and large, cereal crops and most vegetables fared well despite a near-drought summer followed by a cold, wet fall. The hardest hit were potato growers who couldn’t harvest eight per cent of their crop.
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