The deadly swine virus sweeping through eastern Asia, leading to the death of almost one million Chinese pigs, could potentially derail Australia’s pork sector if it infiltrates the nation’s borders, industry figures warn. African swine fever, a contagious viral disease lethal to pigs, continues to rattle the global market as it spreads across China, with about 950,000 pigs reportedly culled since about August last year.
The next 10 days will be dry in the central and western CornBelt, which is good for reducing the problem of excess water in the soil. 2010 and 2013 allow us to consider two scenarios for this year. In 2013, high soil moisture associated with low temperatures led on May 10 to corn planting delays of about 40 percent points compared to averages (28% vs. 65% on average).
North West residents are facing the prospect of one more late season cyclone two weeks after ex-severe tropical cyclone Veronica caused widespread flooding and thousands of cattle deaths across the Pilbara coast. The Bureau of Meteorology has advised a tropical low forming off the Northern Territory coast has up to a 50 per cent chance intensifying this weekend as it moves west into Kimberley waters.
A hail storm ripped through an avocado orchard in the Northern Rivers of New South Wales last week. It destroyed an estimated 4 million avocados in less than 10 minutes. Aussie Orchards' managing director Colin Foyster said 80 per cent of the fruit on the 12,000 trees at the Pretty Gully farm was knocked off and onto the ground.
The Federal Government has established a new agency to help the industry recover from the devastating north Queensland floods, thought to have killed about half a million head of livestock. The North Queensland Livestock Recovery Agency will develop a long-term plan to rebuild the sector, including new funding programs to help with restocking herds and rebuilding farm infrastructure.
Ex-Tropical Cyclone Oma has wreaked havoc on at least two separate banana plantations in the Tweed Valley on the New South Wales north coast. Cudgen banana grower Sarvan Singh said the 80km/h winds claimed 95 per cent of his Cavendish bunches and snapped 90 per cent of his Cavendish plants, with some 25,000 cartons'-worth wiped out all told.
Topper’s Mountain Wines suffered devastating losses as it geared up to harvest this year’s grapes. The Tingha Plateau fire, which began on 10 February and was believed to have been caused by a lightning strike, first struck the vineyard’s southerly boundary on 13 February, after strong southerly winds blew drifting embers into the vines.
A suspected spray drift disaster has created a "nightmare harvest” for St George grape grower David Blacket and other farmers who now face an estimated $1 million loss in crops. The first signs the toxic weed killer had drifted on to Riversands Vineyards and other crops started to show in September 2018 - that's when Mr Blacket and other growers raised their concerns with Biosecurity Queensland.
Yesterday's heat led to heavy storms and a tornado, with disastrous consequences for agriculture South of Vienna and in the adjoining Lower Austria. On an agricultural area of around 10,000 hectares, field, fruit, wine and vegetable-crops as well as glass houses were damaged by hailstones as big as 5.5cm. The 23rd district of Vienna was especially affected, as well as the districts of Gänserndorf, Bruck an der Leitha, Mödling and Sankt Pölten/Land.
WHILE many of their Victorian counterparts are basking in the glow of their best season in terms of grain yields, farmers on the Wimmera plains are dealing with a severely frost-impacted harvest. Victorian Farmers Federation president David Jochinke farms at Murra Warra and right in the heart of the frost-impacted zone.
Rural lobby group AgForce says the short-term positives of the 2016-17 Queensland budget could be overshadowed by poor policy decisions. Treasurer Curtis Pitt has handed down the Palaszczuk Government's second budget, with total spending to exceed $52 billion next financial year. Media player: "Space" to play, "M" to mute, "left" and "right" to seek. Of that, $453.9 million, or less than 1 per cent, has been allocated to the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. That includes what the Treasurer described as an "unprecedented" $78 million support package for drought-hit rural Queensland.
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