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15.08.2022

UK - Lower yields are already predicted, a reduction of 20-25%

The prolonged dry weather is taking its toll on crops across the UK, and onions are no different. Growers are predicting lower yields for the coming season and some harvests have had to be delayed because the ground is too hard.

15.08.2022

Spain - Lorca almonds at serious risk due to lack of water

Almond production in the Lorca districts of La Paca, Zarcilla de Ramos and Las Terreras is under serious threat this year due to a lack of water to irrigate the crop. According to the president of the Campo Alto Irrigation Community, Juan Garcia Corbalan, if there is no relief soon, the almond will fail to mature, costing more than 320 producers their entire annual harvest.

15.08.2022

USA - Drones target fruit tree pests in Hawaiʻi

The coconut rhinoceros beetle is a major invasive pest that feeds on coconut palms, betelnut, Pandanus palms, banana, pineapple and sugarcane. In Hawaiʻi, with no natural enemies to this beetle, the damage to crops can be significant.

15.08.2022

Belgium - Impact of climate change on pear cultivation

In recent weeks, the high temperatures recorded have given researchers at the Flemish Center for the Conservation of Horticultural Products (VCBT) and Pcfruit, a Belgian fruit research center, great opportunities to measure the effects of climate change on pear cultivation, reports the Netherlands Fruit Growers' Organization (NFO).

15.08.2022

USA - Hailstorm causes significant crop damage in some parts of Eastern Washington

A Thursday evening storm that brought golf-ball-sized hail, heavy rains and whipping winds to parts of Eastern Washington caused significant crop damage.“We had some fields that look like they’re probably a complete loss,” Fairfield farmer Marci Green said.

15.08.2022

USA - Rockford farmer sees severe crop damage due to hail storm

Last week, the city of Liberty Lake saw golf ball-sized hail through the region. This unusual hail storm left severe damage to homes and properties.Located around 15 miles outside of Spokane Valley, the hail storm caused significant crop damage for wheat farmers. It’s causing a delay to their normal harvesting schedule.

15.08.2022

Spain - Avocado dieback is an increasingly worrying disease for subtropical producers

Dieback is becoming an increasingly important problem for avocado producers in Spain. This phytopathology of fungal origin, whose symptoms first become visible at the ends of the branches, with the progressive death of the tissues from the most distal to the base, has always existed and until now it was not considered greatly important, explains Eva Arrebola, researcher of the University of Malaga; but since 3-4 years ago, it has gradually been raising greater and greater concerns.

15.08.2022

UK - Farmers warn of crop failure in biggest drought in 20 years

The biggest drought in 20 years has been declared across the majority of England, as farmers said half their crops could fail, households were warned of taps running dry and supermarkets faced water shortages.

11.08.2022

India - More than 15 lakh hectares of crop area in Maharashtra hit by latest spell of heavy rain

More than 15.10 lakh hectares of crop area in Maharashtra has been affected due to the heavy rain which has been lashing the state for the last few days. Soyabean, cotton, tur, and paddy are some of the major crops which have been affected with the figure expected to go up as the survey continues.

11.08.2022

France - Heat and drought: producers on high alert

Heat episodes are succeeding one another in France and with them comes drought, causing significant repercussions for farmers. Climatic hazards are leading to a drop in yields for many crops and quality is also being affected.

11.08.2022

Moldova - August rains affect table grape quality

After a two-month drought in early August, it rained in almost all regions of Moldova. Vine growers note that after a short rainy period, the cracking of berries has begun on many table grape plantations.

11.08.2022

UK - Riverford reservoirs running dry, Devon fruit growers alarmed

Guy Singh-Watson from the Riverford Organic Farmers vegetable growing company in Devon has said the ongoing dry spell has caused its reservoirs to completely run dry. He called it "the worst year in 35 years" in terms of water levels.

11.08.2022

USA - California stone fruit growers remain watchful following recent rains

Following late last week’s rain, stone fruit growers in California are trying to determine what the impacts of that rain are.“I think it was a quarter of an inch of rain but that’s an unprecedented amount of rain for us at this time of year,” says Jon McClarty of HMC Farms in Kingsburg, California.

11.08.2022

Germany - Drought and sunburn worry fruit growers

At this point in time, Brandenburg's fruit growers are struggling with a drought, sunburn and higher costs. Yields are good overall, but there are cutbacks in certain fruit varieties due to the weather.

11.08.2022

USA - Western Growers applauds $4 billion in drought-relief funding

In response to the inclusion of $4 billion in drought-relief funding for the Colorado River Basin in the Senate spending bill, Western Growers President & CEO Dave Puglia issued the following statement:

11.08.2022

Spain - Broccoli and cauliflower season in Murcia, one of the most difficult in years

The broccoli and cauliflower producing sector of the Region of Murcia has been particularly affected during the latest campaign and its initial forecasts for the next one are negative.

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