Hemp and hops are being promoted among alternatives for crops wiped out by Hurricane Michael in the eastern Panhandle. Glen Aiken, director of the University of Florida’s North Florida Research and Education Center, said Monday the need for alternatives has grown as farmers in an eight-county area suffered most of the estimated $1.5 billion hit to the state’s agriculture industry in the October storm.
Pests and pathogens are an integral part of agriculture. They’ve been around since mankind has been growing crops, coevolving with agricultural plants. However, that’s not to say that we can’t do anything to fight them. Different methods have been employed, with varying degrees of success. But before we can talk about large-scale campaigns against pests, we first need to understand the big picture.
The world sugar market is on course for a shortfall of 1,36 million tonnes, analyst Green Pool said on Friday in its first forecast for the 2019/2020 season. It also trimmed its projection for the global surplus in 2018/2019 to 2,64 million tonnes from a previous forecast of 3,6 million tonnes. There was a surplus of 19,6 million tonnes in 2017/2018, it said.
As area farmers make plans to attend the annual Alabama-Florida Peanut Trade Show on Thursday, losses from last season are fresh on their minds. Ken Barton, executive director of the Florida Peanut Producers Association, said farmers are in recovery mode from the damage caused by Hurricane Michael and a tremendous amount of rain.
At Vattavada, the famed cool-season vegetable cultivating village, Pappiyamma seems visibly perturbed. Like most of her ilk here, this small-scale farmer has lost almost all the yield from the previous two harvesting seasons. The yield of the prime season in August, which coincides with Onam, is usually the one that compensates for any losses in the second and third harvesting seasons that fall around November and January respectively.
Powerful cyclone with strong frosts and winds covered the territory of the United States from North and South Dakota to Maine. In Minnesota, the temperature broke the record 1800 and dropped below 50C. In Chicago the night temperature fell to -27C, which was at least since 1985. On Wednesday at the wheat site in the USA was influenced by the failure of the tender in Egypt.
In Soc Trang Province, traders are buying sugarcane in Cu Lao Dung District for VND200 – 300 a kilo, a record-low price. The islet district, which is the province’s largest sugarcane producer, has about 2,300ha of sugarcane for the 2018-19 crop. Tran Vu Lan, who plants 1.2ha of sugarcane in Cu Lao Dung’s Dai An 1 Commune, said the low price of sugarcane and the high cost of hiring workers for harvesting have caused a loss of VND20 million (US$860) per hectare.
Potato growers will soon be without another plant protection tool after European regulators decided to withdraw granular insecticide and nematicide ethoprophos last week. The active ingredient is contained in the granular soil-applied product Mocap 15G. Marketed in the UK by Certis, it is seen as the leading product for reducing the impact of soil-borne pest wireworm.
“We have a good period for Brussels sprouts behind us. However, at the moment, auction prices are meager. Normally, when there is winter weather, the demand is good. This reflects in the prices received at auction", says BelOrta's Guy Jennes. “The current auction price for medium-sized Brussels sprouts is very low. The larger sizes are getting better prices, but it is still too little.
After the crisis at the start of last year, it is going well on the leek market this year. "There is sufficient supply but not too much. That is doing the prices good", says Rik Decadt of the Belgian auction house. "On Monday morning, the prices were between EUR065 and EUR070 per kg. Last week they were between EUR070 and EUR075 per kg. When we look at last year's prices at around this time, they were lower by more than half."
In the coming weeks, the strawberry volume marketed will gradually grow; however, and in spite of the larger acreage this campaign, there will be fewer kilos than in the previous season," says Cristóbal Monteagudo, manager of TC Fruits, who believes that the start of the strawberry campaign has been delayed, mainly for two reasons. "The first is the high mortality of strawberry seedlings, which in most cases has caused delays in the preparation of the farms for the replanting.
Over 50 percent of the maize cultivation during the 2018/2019 Maha Season (43,000 hectares) has been infested by the Fall Army Worm (FAW) which made its way into the country recently, Professor of Crop Science, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya. Around 75,000-80,000 hectares of maize is cultivated during the Maha Season and around 9,000-10,000 hectares during the Yala season.
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