The climate in 2020 brought forward the harvesting of many products, including asparagus from Sicily. "Protected crops are rather early and quality is good. This year, harvesting started around January 20th and the campaign is currently in full swing. Harvesting in open fields started in early March."
“Since last Monday, people have been rushing to buy citrus fruit because of the coronavirus. The demand is especially high for grapefruit, lemons, and oranges,” explains Xavier Rosario of Louis Rosario. The demand is increasing in all markets. For the coming days, the company is expecting a decrease in the available volumes.
Following a difficult winter on spinach, supplies are ample again as transition time comes around. During the winter growing season in Yuma, Ariz., Lex Camany of The Salad Farm in Salinas, Ca. notes that weather was a relatively regular concern. “In November we had the rains and the rains precluded planting.
Registration is ongoing for Georgia producers, who experienced crop losses to Hurricane Michael in 2018, to submit online applications to the Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) for the $347 million in Farm Recovery Block grant funds. All applications must be completed and submitted no later than Wednesday, April 8.
In Uttar Pradesh, the largest tuber producing state in India, potato prices have spiked around 50%, as abnormally high rains this month have damaged crops and affected harvesting in the country. Prices are rising in other states as well, as traders anticipate lower-than-expected output in India, which in fact is the largest potato producing country after China.
Farmers in Brazil are watching a drought cut yield prospects, mainly in the southern states of the country. Brazilian consultancy AgRural, which is based in Curitiba, has adjusted its soybean production forecast for the country to 124.3 million metric tons this week. That is over 1 million metric tons less than what was projected one week before.
A bill signed into law by Gov. Tony Evers will protect farmers from taking a double financial hit when their crops are damaged or cannot be planted due to weather or other natural causes. The Dairy Business Association, Wisconsin’s leading dairy lobbying group, applauded the governor along with the legislation’s authors for the bi-partisan effort.
"We may escape coronavirus but not the impact of the other disaster (unseasonal rains and hailstorms) which struck us last week," said Subhash Chaudhary, who, like other farmers in the north, suffered heavy damage to standing crops on Saturday even as 31 districts of Uttar Pradesh faced the wrath of the weather this month.
The brown marmorated stink bug infestation is a dramatic problem in northern Italy. In March 2020, the government declared a state of disaster for the Lombardy, Friuli Venezia Giulia, and Emilia Romagna regions. Checks are still being carried out in other regions, so other territories might be added to the list.
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