A large fire affected the facilities of two well-known blueberry firms in the Concordia region. Cristian Bravo, head of the Voluntary Fire Department, said that “at 0:32, we were informed of a fire at kilometer 263 of the Artigas Highway. Some facilities belonging to the fruit and blueberry packaging and processing company Integrity S.A, where Agroberries also operates, were burning down.
Bad weather and coronavirus are walloping Argentina's key soy export industry, with a grains exchange cutting its harvest estimate on Thursday as a long line of cargo ships dropped anchor in the Parana River, delayed by health inspections. Argentina is the world's No. 3 corn and soybean exporter, as well as its top supplier of soymeal livestock feed.
Soybean output for Argentina -- the world's third-largest soy producer and exporter -- is forecast to be at 52 million tons, down 4.6% on February estimates and 6% year on year, in 2019-20 crop year (November-October), on dry conditions in Córdoba and Santa Fe, a Buenos Aires Grains Exchange report said on Thursday.
The end of 2019 is looming, and many Corn Belt farmers are likely looking forward to putting the chaotic weather year behind them and moving on to 2020. The weekend before Christmas forecasts bring a rise in temperature across the Midwest. Meanwhile, the growing season in South America picks up, and the mostly dry start will be relieved with some needed rain.
Argentina could see a higher proportion of late-season fruit this year, with a good crop in Patagonia offsetting losses in Mendoza. Aníbal Caminiti of Argentine cherry association CAPCI told FreshFruitPortal.com that the season was progressing well so far. But he noted that frosts had caused widespread losses in Mendoza - a key growing region. Production there is expected to fall by around 40-50% year-on-year, he said.
The Argentine province of Entre Rios was affected by an unusual frost this weekend when the temperature dropped to -5º C. The intense cold affected a large part of the region's mandarin and orange production. The meteorological phenomenon affected the departments of Concordia and Federacion the most.
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