Hurricanes, development, demographics, disease and other issues combined in recent decades to severely reduce citrus acreage and crops in Plaquemines Parish, which has the majority of Louisiana growers. According to Louisiana State University (LSU) AgCenter, the state has only 841 acres of citrus remaining.
The European market is currently short of cherries, mostly due to the impact of the weather in producing areas of Portugal, Italy, France and Spain, such as the Jerte Valley, in Extremadura, as well as in Aragon, Alicante and Lleida. “In the Jerte Valley, although we have started marketing the earliest varieties both domestically and for export, we have had a month with abundant rainfall and hail.
The agricultural damage caused by the current heavy heatwave in Israel is expected to amount to tens of millions of shekels, a spokesperson for the KANAT Insurance Fund for Natural Risks in Agriculture said. Initial assessments predict damage of over NIS 30 million but it is still too early to determine the extent of the final damage to crops.
In large parts of Hungary, night-time temperatures have been in the minus range in recent weeks. This night frost has had a serious impact on the growth of stone fruit cultures. "We are already expecting plum harvests to fall by 70-80 percent compared to the previous year," reports a southern Hungarian exporter who mainly supplies German and Austrian customers.
As global temperatures rise over the coming decades, crop loss caused by pathogenic soil fungi is likely to significantly increase, potentially costing growers billions of dollars and threatening international food security. The study sampled a variety of ecosystems, ranging from forests and croplands to deserts in 235 locations, concluding that as the temperature of both soil and air progressively rises over the next 30 years, it will favor the growth of pathogenic soil fungi species.
Heavy fruit drop and weather issues reportedly could lead to reduction in Florida’s Valencia orange crop. Some in the citrus industry said COVID-19 issues in processing plants have also limited the intake of Valencias from groves, but the Florida Citrus Processors Association says that is not likely the case.
The crop losses to Florida’s agricultural industry — the state’s second-largest economic driver — have been swift, staggering and devastating. Total losses throughout the state may already have hit $522.5 million this year. That’s according to a new report produced by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
The humble banana, one of the staple foods in East Africa, is under threat from a fungal disease. Kagera region in Tanzania and Luwero districts in Uganda are the most affected areas, according to a recent survey. "The disease is well established and more widespread than previously thought", they warned.
It goes without saying that 2019 was an extremely difficult year for farmers like me. Unprecedented amounts of snow and rain led to 3.9 million acres in our state that couldn’t be planted. Lake County, South Dakota, where I live, received 32% more rainfall than in a normal year. For most farmers in the area, this record-setting wet spring meant that they could only plant about 50% of planted corn acres and 80% of planned soybean acres.
The government is likely to disburse over Rs 10,000 crore to farmers across the country by April 20 as compensation for the loss of kharif crop, which got damaged due to excessive rains in October and November last year. Farmers are likely to be paid in their bank accounts under the PM Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY).
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