Human-wildlife conflict—defined here as direct interactions between humans and wildlife with adverse outcomes—costs the global economy billions of dollars annually, threatens human lives and livelihoods, and is a leading cause of biodiversity loss. These clashes largely stem from the co-occurrence of humans and wildlife seeking limited resources in shared landscapes and often has unforeseen consequences.
Climate change has already made Missouri a little more hot and humid, but has also caused some diseases for crops like corn and soybeans to become more prevalent. If not treated properly, farmers could see a significant loss in crop yields. However, there are ways Missourians can both fight off these crop diseases and combat climate change.
Farming robots may hold a promise of a cleaner and safer agricultural future. Potential downsides may arise from the loss of much-needed jobs to the safety of those working alongside the robots. Therefore, a process of responsible development is required. In the project called Robot Highways, multiple uses for autonomous robots made by Saga Robotics are currently demonstrated on a fruit farm in south-east England.
The sector of fresh fruit and vegetables is naturally concerned by the Varenne's supply of water and adaptation to climate change, due to the nature of its products, fresh fruit and vegetables, which are sensitive to the weather during production and consumption. The sector of fresh fruit and vegetables, through its technical institute CTIFL, is strongly committed to these issues and has already undertaken a great deal of work.
The occurrence of erratic weather over past years, like the 2019 spring heat wave in the Western Cape that led to poor plum fruit set, is increasing in frequency. Early last week an unseasonal early winter hailstorm damaged citrus orchards and dented cars in parts of the summer rainfall Mpumalanga Lowveld.
Fire blight is a bacterial pathogen that spreads easily during blooming season. It has the potential to kill not just individual apple trees, but entire orchards. It is of course not a new problem for apple growers, but it has been looming larger as the climate crisis brings longer, warmer and rainier springs that expand the window for it to infect trees.
The government must respond rapidly to the destructive weather that accompanies climate change, said House Agriculture chairman David Scott on Tuesday, so he is working on legislation to create a permanent disaster aid fund at the USDA. “Many of our farms are done away with because we move too slow” in drafting and passing relief bills, he said.
Thirteen states in the United States, known as the Corn Belt, are responsible for 90 percent of the corn grain and produce in the country and almost 30 percent of the global corn crop. Using climates projected by four climate models as inputs, simulated yields across the Corn Belt during the decade 2046–2055 were 20–40% less than yields simulated during the 1991–2000 decade due to impact of climate change on weather, according to a new report.
Kenya’s agriculture ministry has opened bids for crop insurance providers to cover more smallholder farmers from the risks and shocks of climate change, under a government program. Companies have until March 16 to submit bids for the subsidized crop insurance initiative that seeks to increase the amount of counties covered to 37 from 33, according to the statement. Sub-Saharan Africa’s third-biggest economy has 47 regional units.
Japan is as vulnerable to climate change as any other country in the world. Its 2019 typhoon season was the costliest on record, closely followed by 2018. What’s more, heat waves hospitalized thousands across the country in 2018 and 2019, while record rainfall in this period forced millions to be evacuated from their homes.
US blueberry farmers are adapting to changing climate and weather patterns in order to yield the best produce. “This is the time of year our plants go to sleep,” said Byne, owner of Byne’s Organic Blueberry Farm in Waynesboro. “Cold hours are extremely important for the plants to rest and get a good night's sleep for three or four months and be ready to go.
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