China has managed to have a seed sprout on the moon for the first time. A small cotton plant has germinated in a tube prepared for this purpose aboard the Chang'e 4 probe, the first to land on the hidden side of our satellite in the history of space exploration. These plants were not the first to grow in space: as some zinnias from a team from NASA had already bloomed on the International Space Station (ISS) in 2016.
Recently, north-west China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region has adopted weather modification practices to protect its vast farmland from natural disasters - mainly hailstorms and drought. These weather modification practices helped reduce 70 percent of hail damage every year in the region, usually by firing silver iodine-packed shells into the sky to disrupt unfavorable weather fronts with hail cannons, officials said at a conference on Xinjiang weather modification.
Prices in various banana production areas showed different degrees of decrease this week, with some production areas experiencing major price adjustments. And this weekend already saw a new cold current for most provinces in south China. Some areas in Guangdong, Guangxi, and Yunnan reached their coldest temperatures in history.
The startling extent to which violent wild fires, similar to those that ravaged large swathes of California recently, affect forests and crops way beyond the boundaries of the blaze has been revealed. A pioneering new study by Professor Nadine Unger of the University of Exeter and Professor Xu Yue of the Institute of Atmospheric Physics in Beijing, has revealed that pollutants released by the devastating wild fires can affect crop and vegetation growth hundreds of kilometres from the fire impact zone.
An innocent rain shower in Jinghaxiang, Yunnan, suddenly turned into a hailstorm at around six in the afternoon of December 9th. Local agricultural production areas suffered severe damage, and local farmers suffered severe losses. Local news reports damage to 50 houses and more than 26 hectares of crops.
China’s imports of soybeans are set to drop as an outbreak of African swine fever hits its huge pig herd and saps demand for the animal feed ingredient, making it easier for buyers to keep shunning U.S. cargoes amid the Sino-U.S. trade war. African swine fever, deadly to pigs but not harmful to people, has spread rapidly through China, with more than 70 cases reported across farms since early August.
The onion production this year has been reduced by about 20% compared to previous years. Nowadays, the price is low and the storage cost is high. As the climate is cooling down, and the trade costs of growers and storage companies are high. Due to long-term storage, peeling and rot were observed in the onions stored in the package.
Subsistence farming using bullocks was replaced with tractors and mechanized harvesters and using GMOs to improve crop immunity. And the now the next stage in the evolution of farming is a large-scale single crop unit that would give unparalleled output because of the ‘drones’ that would be deployed for various functions. A Chinese company Eagle Brother Co Ltd from Hubei Province is currently testing a platform for spraying crops with the help of drones.
Recently, Yingkou in Liaoning was hit by hail which affected apples waiting to enter the market after the National Day. Previously, the market predicted that, this year, apple prices would at their highest, and the farmers were looking forward to it. The unexpected hail and strong winds scattered the fruit all over the place, and destroyed this year's harvest.
Weather conditions have been out of the ordinary this year, which made fruit production more difficult. The weather influenced both product quality and production volume. The cold weather between April 4 and 7 caused a decrease in fruit production volumes, and the fruit that did survive suffered all kinds of problems (small fruit, infected fruit, and irregular fruit).
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