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07 08
2020
China - Researchers use AI technology to evaluate soil health
Chinese researchers have used artificial intelligence to analyze soil health, which will help prevent losses in agricultural production. Soil-borne plant diseases such as fusarium wilt have caused huge agricultural losses worldwide. The development of a more refined model for disease prediction can help reduce crop losses.
07 08
2020
East Africa - Seeing the worst swarms of locusts in many decades
Drawn to an emaciated avocado drooping from a drying mother tree, Esther Ndavu wonders aloud if it will ever mature into the fist-sized oval fruit that keeps city residents going. Like many others at her farm in Mathyakani village in central-eastern Kenya, this avocado tree has been attacked by desert locusts.
07 08
2020
France - Plans to ease pesticide ban for sugar beet to curb crop losses
The French government will propose lifting a ban on certain pesticides blamed for harming bees to protect sugar beet crops that have been ravaged by insects this year. The government plans to support a legislative amendment in parliament later this year to exempt sugar beet for up to three years from a general ban on neonicotinoids, the ministry said in a statement following a meeting with sugar industry representatives.
07 08
2020
Nepal - Farmers fear hunger as floods worsen pandemic woes
Before the coronavirus pandemic hit, Nepali farmer Ganga Bahadur Sahi would go to India for six months a year to work as a labourer, earning money to feed his family of five. This year he came back early to his home in Bhajani municipality in Nepal’s Far West region after COVID-19 started spreading rapidly in India.
07 08
2020
USA - Iowa seeing drought conditions in nearly half of state
Over 45% of the state of Iowa is at least abnormally dry. This includes much of Eastern Iowa. If your lawn looks anything like mine you could probably have guessed this. This range of drought slows the growing of grass and crops, but the damage isn't permanent. Things go downhill from there, however.
07 08
2020
Hurricane Isaias to drive $1bn+ insured & economic losses
Economic and insured loss totals from the impact of Hurricane Isaias are each individually expected to surpass the $1 billion threshold, according to analysts at Aon. Isaias swept across the Caribbean over July 28th to August 1st with notable impacts in the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and the Bahamas.