Bad weather during the flowering and fruit growing seasons will probably cause the Korean fresh apple production to decrease by 14 percent to 467,800 metric tons (MT) in Marketing Year 2018/19. Meanwhile, the area where apples are grown continues to shift northward in response to localized effects of climate change. Consumption is expected to decrease in line with a decline in production and rising prices.
Scores of fruit growers and traders from south Kashmir staged a massive protest, demanding implementation of crop insurance and adequate compensation to farmers affected by the recent snowfall that inflicted heavy damage on apple orchards. Untimely snowfall on November 3 and 4 has not only destroyed hanging fruits, but also damaged apple trees in orchards across Shopian.
It’s been a hard year for apple growers in Nova Scotia. Between 40 and 50 per cent of apple crops were lost in the province this year, according to the Nova Scotia Fruit Growers’ Association. Larry Lutz, the association’s president, said that below-freezing temperatures in June played a big part, and the hardest-hit crops were in areas at low elevations.
Origine Cévennes is a group of producers specialised in the cultivation of sweet onions of the Cévennes. The producers are in the middle of the harvest. Carl Grandidier: "Despite the good quality of the onions, it will be a difficult season. Rain reduced production by 25% to 30%." The sweet onion of the Cévennes. Carl: "It's a sweet and juicy product that can be eaten raw as well as cooked". "In the month of May, farmers transplant the onions and sow the seeds.
Production in Italy is estimated at 2,199,526 tons, higher than last year but slightly lower (-6%) than the 2014-2016 average. Trends are different depending on the region: both Trentino and Alto Adige are recovering from last year but remain below their full potential, while the new apple orchards planted in Piedmont mean production has increased considerably. The other regions can be compared to the levels of 2016.
The dry spell in the winter, followed by a rainy summer with hailstorms have damaged the prospects of a good apple crop this year. Himachal Pradesh, that saw its apple production in 2017 halved already, may harvest even less in 2018. Certain pockets in the apple belt of Shimla - which normally produces over 70 percent of the total crop in HP - are very badly affected.
A large part of a Riwaka apple orchard has been ruined by floodwaters from Cyclone Gita on Tuesday and Golden Bay Fruit manager Evan Heywood says the really upsetting part is they won't have another crop for up to seven years. Mr Heywood said in the whole rain event there was about 230mm to fall and he thinks probably 100 of that fell in three hours at the end of the day after it had been raining all day.
The production of apples decreased globally by 2.6 million tonnes over the 2017/2018 season. The global production this season was 76.2 million tonnes. The positive developments in China weren't able to compensate for the losses due to the frost in Europe. This was concluded by the USDA in a recently published report. As a result of this, the consumption will also decrease and reach 64.6 million tonnes.
A phenomenon is killing young apple trees in orchards in the Finger Lakes region and many other places. Apple growers and specialists in many states are seeing an alarming increase in the numbers of orchards, mostly young orchards, where trees are declining or dying. The phenomenon that shows up in young tree trunks is called Sudden Apple Decline (SAD) because affected trees seem to decline very rapidly.
Almost 185 hectares of apple orchards in Nelson and Hawke's Bay have been partially destroyed by a faulty crop spray - 1.8 percent of the total apples grown annually in New Zealand. The spray, Mancozeb which is used by around 20 apple growers, has been recalled after it was discovered it contains Azoxystrobin - a damaging crop fungicide.
A hail storm earlier this week has severely affected Diana Fedosoff, owner of Petrofka Orchard. Four minutes was enough to ruin most of the apples at the orchard, located about 50 kilometers north of Saskatoon, Canada. Although many of the apples are still hanging on the trees, they are of no use to Fedosoff.
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