“In just the past three years, soybean cyst nematode (SCN) has spread to 55 new U.S. counties in 11 states,” says Greg Tylka, Iowa State University (ISU) nematologist and co-leader of The SCN Coalition. “The most damaging soybean pathogen, SCN has also infested 24 new counties and rural municipalities in the Canadian provinces of Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec.”
Fiji’s agriculture sector recorded a loss of $150 million during Severe Tropical Cyclone Yasa, says Agriculture Minister Dr Mahendra Reddy. He said parts of the Eastern and Central divisions and the whole of Vanua Levu were affected. “Our final damage assessment is out and we are submitting it to the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO),” he said.
The weather is once again shaping the development of the current horticultural campaign in the greenhouses of eastern Andalusia. The season already had a difficult start, as warm temperatures throughout the continent allowed the European seasons to be extended, and an unusually mild autumn caused the volumes of some vegetables, such as cucumbers, to increase too much.
The head of the national offensive against the spread of the world's worst fruit pest, Queensland fruit fly, has admitted it may not be possible to save all areas. Lloyd Klumpp, chair of the National Fruit Fly Council, said experts were debating whether it was possible to maintain pest-free status of all the fruit-growing areas in all states.
Tropical cyclone Eloise made landfall in Beira, Mozambique on Friday with category 1 strength; the area is till recovering from Cyclone Idai. In South Africa, where the weather service had issued red alerts, fruit growers across the northeastern parts of the country are relieved that tropical storm Eloise didn't live up to fears of high winds and fruit fall.
Pula, a Kenyan insurtech startup that specialises in digital and agricultural insurance to derisk millions of smallholder farmers across Africa, has closed a Series A investment of $6 million. The round was led by Pan-African early-stage venture capital firm, TLcom Capital, with participation from nonprofit Women’s World Banking.
The agriculture sector outlay, which is ~5 per cent of the total budget of the Union government, increased markedly in the last budget, primarily due to the higher allocation towards the Kisan Samman Nidhi (income support scheme for farmers). It is important to note that ~94 per cent of the total allocation was towards the Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers' Welfare, while the remaining was for the Department of Agricultural Research and Education.
The Widespread wildfire season of 2020 had winegrape growers and vintners up and down the West Coast scrambling to run micro-fermentations and test grapes for guaiacol and 4-methylguaiacol. Contracts, many of which contained no specific provisions for smoke exposure, were called into question, and animosity between some buyers and sellers ran high.
Breeding is becoming an increasingly more important tool in the fight against pests and diseases as other crop protection products are under pressure. An international group of researchers has taken a major step forward in this regard for wheat cultivation by describing a resistance gene (Stb16q) and incorporating it into wheat.
The devastating Boxing Day hail event which hit most of the Tasman district could cost it more than $100 million and locals say the government's been silent about coming up with support. Some apple, kiwifruit, and hop growers lost their entire production and they describe the event as the worst in living memory.
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