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18 06
2021
Canada - Sask Crop report says heavy rain caused some crop loss
The latest Saskatchewan crop report says heavy rainfall this past week caused flooding problems for some farmers. The rain was welcome but much more than farmers wanted at one time. Northeast of Old Wives Lake saw the largest localized rain, resulting in 208 millimeters or 8 inches over the course of a few hours.
18 06
2021
India - Tomato virus and Covid lockdown slash farmer incomes in Maharashtra’s Ahmednagar
“Two decades of cultivating these fields helped lay the foundation of this house,” said tomato farmer Bharat Navle, 43, gesturing at his two-storied white bungalow. “Now, just two years of loss might force me to sell it off.” Vast expanses of lush farmland dot Agar Khanapur village in Maharashtra’s Ahmednagar district.
18 06
2021
USA - Over half of Wisconsin is in moderate to extreme drought conditions
According to the latest drought monitor provided by the United States Department of Agriculture, approximately 55% of the state is experiencing at least moderate drought conditions, including at least part of 52 of the state’s 72 counties. Included in that total is 8% of the state, including at least parts of 14 counties in southeastern Wisconsin as well as Vernon and Crawford counties, currently experiencing severe drought conditions.
18 06
2021
Combatting another invasive pest amidst the pandemic
Indigenous to the tropical and subtropical regions of the Americas, fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) was first reported in 2016, followed by rapid spread throughout sub-Saharan Africa, and by 2018 began to spread like wildfire into the Indian subcontinent, China and Southeast Asia.
18 06
2021
Zurich expands precision ag services through John Deere connection
Zurich North America’s crop insurance business has connected to farm data management software John Deere Operations Center, through John Deere’s API Services. The connection expands Rural Community Insurance Services’ (RCIS) existing precision agriculture offerings and allows its insureds to electronically connect their field data to RCIS systems for a more seamless, accurate and secure crop insurance reporting experience.
17 06
2021
China - Many cherries in Yantai split because of excessive rainfall
This is the time of year when Yantai harvests open-field cherries. However, excessive rainfall this year has caused many cherries to split open. Some of the orchard owners report as many as 70%-80% of their cherries have been affected. The overall product quality is greatly reduced this year, and the market price naturally dropped to a new low point.