After wreaking havoc on crops in parts of Sindh and Cholistan in Punjab, swarms of locusts have now invaded large swathes of suburban areas of Pakpattan district. Locusts have attacked standing crops, including wheat and vegetables, on thousands of acres in Kalyana, Hota and adjoining areas of the district, inflicting huge losses on farmers.
Minister in charge of Mysuru district V. Somanna on Sunday said the process of assessing the extent of crop loss caused by floods and heavy rains in August last year was under way. He added that the government was committed to compensate the loss to farmers once the estimation was completed. In Mysuru district alone, crop loss had been reported in 4,562.8 hectares, he said.
A new strain of a deadly fungus has wiped out part of Florida's strawberry crop this winter, causing perhaps millions of dollars in losses and raising fears of a new permanent pest. First discovered in the Plant City area east of Tampa -- the center of strawberry production in the state -- the fungus took hold just as harvest season was beginning in December.
Farmers who have suffered extensive crop damage in the recent north-east monsoon have urged the State government to compensate their loss. Raising the issue in the grievance meeting here, farmer Maharajan of MDMK, by showing rotten corn to Collector Sandeep Nanduri, who was chairing the meet, said agriculturists, who had cultivated rain-fed crops, especially corn, had suffered extensive loss due to downpour during the monsoon.
Australian wine producer Tyrell’s has said it has decided to “severely” reduce its 2020 vintage, by as much as 80%, due to fears of smoke taint. Although not directly affected by the serious fires in Australia, the “continued presence of smoke” in the Hunter Valley since late 2019 means that many of the vineyards may have been affected by smoke taint.
Road AP-7 between the Catalan towns of Figueres and La Jonquera, in the province of Girona, has reopened after being cut for 12 hours. This is also the case of the A-23 between Teruel and Zaragoza. According to the Servei Català de Trànsit (SCT) and Abertis, "traffic has been restored and is back to normal," also in a section of the N-II national road in the province of Gerona where numerous traffic jams were reported due to snow and rains.
These elk, grazing just north of Mountain Home are part of a population that Fish and Game managers say has grown too large. "We're talking almost three thousand elk above our top-end objective," said State Wildlife Manager Jon Rachel. So why is that a problem? Depredation. The growing population has created problems, mostly for farmers.
Climate models might underestimate crop losses because they don’t factor how infested plants react to rising temperatures, according to a new study. Recent models tell us that, as our climate warms up, herbivores and pests will cause increased damage to agricultural crops. One study predicted that crop yield lost to insects increases 10 to 25% for every 1 degree Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit) increase.
At a time when every thing was going good for farmers, blackbucks intruded the fields and devastated large tracts of the Bengal Gram in Hiriyur. Farmers of Dharmapura Hobli which shares its borders by Andhra Pradesh are the worst-hit. They are unable to do anything for the fear the stringent wildlife laws in place.
The farmers should make proper arrangements for removal of weeds on priority basis as these badly affect the yield and cause reduction in wheat production up to 42 per cent. A spokesman for agriculture department said weeds not only reduced quantity of crop production but also played a major role for damaging quality of grains.
Recent hailstorm and rain damage on wheat, mustard, potato, and tomato crop reached a total of 2,534 acres in Ladwa block of Kurukshetra district, said officials of agriculture and revenue departments on Thursday. Kurukshetra deputy director of agriculture (DDA) Pardeep Meel said, "On Thursday, more farmers applied for compensation of wheat crop loss under the crop insurance scheme (Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana).
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