Farmers in France and Germany have been forced to destroy over 20,000 hectares of oilseed rape crop after traces of a genetically modified (GM) variety that is not authorised for cultivation in Europe was found in Dekalb seed stocks. Bayer, who own the Dekalb brand, issued a product recall in the autumn but 18,000ha in France and 2150ha in Germany had already been drilled.
Honduran conservationists are worried. A deadly insect that wiped out more than a quarter of the Central American country's conifers between 2013 and 2017 is back. The southern pine beetle - or gorgojo, as it is known locally - appears in large numbers during droughts brought on by El Nino, a climatic phenomenon that occurs every few years and can be a threat to agriculture and even drinking water sources.
Cold and extreme rainfall made it difficult for citrus growers in Greece this year. Over the entire product range, it was a rather difficult season with high failure rates, reports importer Sophoclis Michaelides of Bio-Ilios GmbH, based in Tübingen. "All in all, our contract manufacturers have lost about 500 tons so far."
Hemp and hops are being promoted among alternatives for crops wiped out by Hurricane Michael in the eastern Panhandle. Glen Aiken, director of the University of Florida’s North Florida Research and Education Center, said Monday the need for alternatives has grown as farmers in an eight-county area suffered most of the estimated $1.5 billion hit to the state’s agriculture industry in the October storm.
Pests and pathogens are an integral part of agriculture. They’ve been around since mankind has been growing crops, coevolving with agricultural plants. However, that’s not to say that we can’t do anything to fight them. Different methods have been employed, with varying degrees of success. But before we can talk about large-scale campaigns against pests, we first need to understand the big picture.
The world sugar market is on course for a shortfall of 1,36 million tonnes, analyst Green Pool said on Friday in its first forecast for the 2019/2020 season. It also trimmed its projection for the global surplus in 2018/2019 to 2,64 million tonnes from a previous forecast of 3,6 million tonnes. There was a surplus of 19,6 million tonnes in 2017/2018, it said.
As area farmers make plans to attend the annual Alabama-Florida Peanut Trade Show on Thursday, losses from last season are fresh on their minds. Ken Barton, executive director of the Florida Peanut Producers Association, said farmers are in recovery mode from the damage caused by Hurricane Michael and a tremendous amount of rain.
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