They create the stuff of magic, equated with deliciousness. And they could make or break a family business. Sugar beets are a mainstay crop in Wyoming. But in northern Wyoming, where the growing conditions are optimal, farmers who grow sugar beets are facing a hardship like they’ve not seen in generations.
Growers of Hemmady’s famed sevanthige are demanding compensation from the government as a short winter this year delayed yield and now that the flowers are ready for plucking, demand has dipped. The horticulture department, however, says it is helpless: compensation can be given only if there is crop damage or loss.
Agricultural producers now can enroll in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs – two U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) safety net programs – for the 2019 and 2020 crop year. ARC provides income support payments on historical base acres when actual crop revenue declines below a specified guaranteed level.
With ten percent of last year’s potato crop still in the ground in Northern Ireland, some farmers have attempted make to use of recent good weather to try and salvage them. However, the sudden onslaught of Storm Ciara has knocked any chances of getting all the crop rescued this week into touch, according to growers.
Cautioning the current dependence on chemical pesticides is harming the environment, scientists are calling for innovation, including the use of genetic engineering, to find a sustainable, long-term solution to the plague of destructive locust pests. “Something we can think about is genetically engineering the biological control agents to be more effective against the desert locusts,” Dr. Michael Osae said.
Crops and vegetables worth Rs 1 mln (€13,000) were destroyed under the feet of a marauding herd of elephants at Bhushunda village under the Shergarh block in the Ganjam district in the wee hours of Monday. According to the farmers, a herd of 14 elephants unleashed a reign of terror at Bhushunda village throughout Monday night.
Mt Kenya region is expected to suffer from its staple maize shortage following excessive rains that continue to pound the country, delaying harvesting and triggering aflatoxin contamination, several county ministers of agriculture have said. In Kirinyaga, Embu, Nyandarua, Murang’a and Meru, maize is yet to be harvested as farmers await rains to ease, but that appears not to be happening.
Lashed by heavy rains and plagued with monkey attacks this season, coconut plantations in Goa have faced a crop loss, owing to which there is a shortage of the nuts in the local market, experts said. "Owing to the heavy rains last year, the flowering and fruiting of the crop has been affected, hitting coconut production.
About 63.99 lakh hectares of farmland have been affected by floods in 15 states, while 7.91 lakh hectares of agriculture land has been hit by drought in two states so far in the ongoing 2019-20 crop year (July-June), union minister Narendra Singh Tomar said. "There have been extreme weather events in the recent past including extended dry period, flood, hailstorm, cyclonic rains and wind, etc.
Nearly 1,68,550 hectares of crop area in Rajasthan and Gujarat have come under locust attack in 2019-20, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said in the Rajya Sabha. Replying to a question in the Upper House, the Minister said a total of 1,48,840 ha (1,34,959 ha in Rajasthan and 13,881 ha in Gujarat) crop area has been damaged by 33 percent or more.
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