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.
A section of maize farmers from Peraiyur taluk, who are members of an association, petitioned the Collector here on Thursday, demanding faster disbursal of crop insurance pending for the year 2018-2019. O.A. Narayanasamy of the association said the delay had affected about 7,000 farmers in the taluk.
Coming off a 2019 growing season that was fraught with poor weather conditions during planting and harvesting, the region’s sugar beet growers are hoping 2020 brings them a season of healthy yields and returns. Growers from Chatham-Kent and Sarnia-Lambton, along with researchers and industry representatives, met March 11 in Wallaceburg for the annual meeting of the Ontario Sugarbeet Growers Association.
A herd of five elephants raided farmland in Pinapuram village in the early hours of Wednesday, damaging standing crops such as tomato and banana plants spread across two acres. S Jayakumar, 48, the farmer whose farmland was raided, said, "This is the fourth such raid by elephants in the past 10 days."
After last week’s heavy rainfall, the incessant downpour on Wednesday left wheat growers worried. The wheat plants have reportedly flattened in several areas of the district. The wheat stems were flattened within minutes of the hailstorm, causing huge damage to the crops. The fields filled with rainwater are expected to deteriorate the quality of the sprouting grains.
Australia’s 2019/20 bushfire season has gone down in history as one of its worst. Fires, which started in June 2019, have since burned an area of around 18.6 million hectares and claimed the lives of 34 people. Fires were burning in all six states, however, the damage was concentrated in areas within South Australia, Victoria, and New South Wales.
Little rain has rained compared to what it would take to fill the reservoirs. This year the situation is worse compared to 2019 when water resources were sufficient. Medium-late and late varieties of peaches, percoche, and nectarines are in bloom. For many cultivars the flowering is very poor and uneven, therefore low yields are expected.
Both the grape and pomegranate seasons in India are coming to an end. After the unpredictable weather during the monsoon season, some issues with yield and quality came up. For Indian fruit exporter Iridica Agro and Sons Enterprises, the busy times of the grape and pomegranate seasons are almost over.
Revenue at Agri services group Origin Enterprises fell in the first half of the year, declining almost 14 percent to €604.9 million. The group, which provides specialist agronomy advice, crop inputs, and digital agricultural solutions, reported an operating loss of €2.8 million over the six months to January 31st, 2020.
The profitability crisis of the Spanish fruit sector has also taken its toll on kakis. The crop that seemed a profitable alternative to citrus in the Region of Valencia no longer offers the guarantees that it used to. "The potential of kakis had been exaggerated," said José Ramón Pous, a producer from Algemesí.
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