Fall Armyworm, an invasive pest, has destroyed about 15,303 hectares of maize crop in the district, Collector K.Rajamani said here on Friday. He said a report had been sent to the government in this regard. The crop has been raised on 15,379 ha in eight taluks, including Pullampadi, Manachanallur, Thuraiyur, Uppilliyapuram and Vaiyampattai, and the pest has destroyed almost the entire cultivated area.
Sugarcane farmers in western Kenya have been thrown into panic after pests attacked their crop. Yellow Aphid pest causes yellowing of leaves before they dry up.Isaac Koti, from Muting’ong’o in Malava sub-county, said he had lost his entire crop, on four acres, to the pest.Koti said the pest had invaded several farms, not just in Malava, but in other sub-counties as well. He said many farmers uprooted their crop after it was affected.
Pecans and pecan pie should be as tasty as usual for Georgians this holiday season. But behind the scenes, Georgia’s pecan farming business has been clobbered, and the beatdown isn’t over for one of the state’s biggest crops. Pecan prices have plummeted by at least a third for local farmers. Much of the state’s crop, once the largest in the nation, is in the mud, or worse. And some of the trouble will last years for a branch of farming that already demanded extra patience.
When farm distress and loan waiver has been the burning topic across the nation, the shocker is that Odisha farmers seem to be the worst-hit in country as the State in 2018-19 (till the middle of December) has seen highest crop damages in the country owing to natural disasters. As per data available with the Union Government, with crop damages in an area covering a whopping 3.9lakh hectare till mid December, Odisha virtually tops country in 2018-19.
In 2019, the yield figures of corn, soybeans and rapeseed in Ukrainian agricultural households may become lower by 20%, due to the deficit of the necessary volumes of fertilizers, including ammonium sulfate, declared the Head of the "Ukrainian Agrarian Council” Public Union (UAC), Andrii Dykun. According to him, in the current year Ukraine received had the record harvest of corn, while next year the country may lose nearly 20% of the harvest.
The weather has caused considerable losses in the Spanish broccoli sector. There has been abundant rainfall in combination with higher temperatures than usual for autumn. The harvest started almost two weeks late this season. Despite the losses and the high demand, the prices have still hit rock bottom due to oversupply. So far, the season has been disastrous.
A storm early last week claimed more than 600 hectares of crop for the Jenzen family, North Cunderdin. A whole crop of lupins was wiped out, with the majority of damage on nearby wheat crops. Norm Jenzen said they received 45 millimetres of rain on the southern block and only 18mm at the main shed, 10 kilometres north. “Our neighbours’ pasture paddock had run down and put silt up the side of our wheat crop because the rain just came down so quick and heavy,” Norm said.
High velocity gales during Phethai cyclone this week damaged horticulture crops in many areas East Godavari. According to preliminary assessment by horticulture authorities, banana, vegetables, papaya, flowers, chilli, onion and tapioca crops have been damaged in the district and losses are estimated to be Rs 7.45 crore Banana crop was damaged in Kothapeta and Atreyapuram in the district to the maximum extent.
Thieves have stolen a garlic grower’s entire crop — estimated to be worth up to $15,000 — just a week before harvest. It is believed 300kg to 400kg of garlic was stolen straight out of the ground from the Cockatoo farm, north of Pakenham, overnight between Sunday, November 25 and Tuesday, November 27.
Australia's winter crop looks worse than initially predicted after the driest September on record and significant frost damage. With harvests underway across most of the country, the latest forecast by the Australian government commodity forecaster ABARES puts crop production 20 per cent below the 20-year-average and the lowest since Australia's last drought in 2008-09.
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