Just as in he previous season, this year seems to be a good year for lettuce producers. “There is a very good flow for all species: lettuce, batavia, oak leaves but also chicory (curly/escarole),” explains Olivier Barlaguet of the cooperative group Saveurs des Clos. “Prices have been good since November. Our clients are selling lettuce at around 70 euro cents [0.78 USD] a head.”
Farmer Jack Imperial woke to a picture of devastation after ash spewed from a volcano in the Philippines - his verdant green pineapple field had been transformed to a dirty dark grey. Mr Imperial said his chances of salvaging produce from his 1-hectare (2.5-acre) farm were small and, in any case, there was no one to sell them to with tourists avoiding the Tagaytay area on the archipelago's biggest island Luzon, 32 km (20 miles) from the Taal volcano.
As farmers on the western border of Rajasthan face the worst attack of locusts coming from neighbouring Pakistan, there is now danger of the swarms of insects laying eggs which can lead to even more damage to crops. Officials said that one locust lays around 100 eggs and hence it will be very tough to control the menace.
After the state agriculture department earlier divided the 32 rabi districts in the state into six clusters and invited tenders for the implementation of the Centre’s flagship farm insurance scheme, no bids were received for 10 districts. With farmersacross 10 districts not being able to avail crop insurance under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY), the state government set up a ministerial committee to look at alternate ways to compensate farmers facing crop loss due to climate change.
U.S. and global primary insurance carrier and reinsurance company Chubb has announced an expected fourth-quarter pre-tax and net of reinsurance hit of $430 million from catastrophe losses and an additional $23 million of losses from U.S. agricultural lines which were hit be weather-related poor growing conditions.
Last year’s growing conditions created a perfect breeding ground for some dangerous mycotoxins, including DON. Variable weather conditions across the Prairies could cause problems with mycotoxins in feed this winter. “The No. 1 most influencing factor in mycotoxins is weather,” said Max Hawkins of Alltech’s mycotoxin management team.
UK arable farming could be decimated if climate change causes the collapse of a vital pattern of ocean currents, according to new research. The study, produced by Exeter University and published in the journal Nature Food, looked at the impact of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) on UK agriculture and the impact its loss would have on the sector.
Potato growers in the area are quite upbeat ahead of the harvest season. The crop was grown in approximately 6,230 acres in the city this season. Agriculture experts say that potato growers will reap rich dividends with high yield as mild rain at this time would prove to be conducive for growth of the crop. The rain has ended foggy conditions that affect its growth.
Nyandarua farmers are counting huge losses caused by the ongoing rains, posing a food security threat in one of the country’s food baskets. The most affected is maize which is ripe for harvest and is now rotting in farms. Maize farming is a second most important agricultural activity in the region after Irish potatoes.
As unprecedented wildfires threaten large parts of Australia, the nation's agriculture industries are counting the cost of the blazes that have scorched pasture, destroyed livestock, and razed vineyards. With the fires still burning and fears of more to come, it's too early to quantify the damage, analysts and industry officials said.
In the biggest locust attack ever, crops over at least 1,50,000 hectare land have been damaged across four districts in Rajasthan, a special crop assessment report has found. The locust outbreak was reported in May 2019 after 26 years, and grasshoppers returned in December-January period to cause extensive damage, the officials of the Locust Warning Organisation (LWO) said.
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