Acreage is expected to be down 18 percent, making it the second disappointing crop in a row for the European Union. The European Union is picking a good time to produce its second straight subpar rapeseed crop. The United States Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service is reporting an 18 percent decline in EU rapeseed acreage compared to last year.
The Community Clubhouse was full of talk about soil health, bud size and harvest dates at the Flathead Cherry Growers co-operative meeting. According to Bruce Johnson, President of the co-op’s board of directors, the event serves as a springboard for the coming season. Growers learn from specialists who speak at the event.
Thousands of farmers in Rajkot on Thursday took out a protest march demanding payment of insurance after their crop failed owing to less than normal rainfall in the region. Non-payment of crop insurance has emerged as a major election issue in the Saurashtra and north Gujarat regions, where farmers are battling semi-drought and scarcity.
WA grain growers took out more than half of all of Australia’s first frost insurance policies, with most of them farming from between Perth, Kondinin and Tambellup. For the first time, Australian grain growers were last year able to insure their crops specifically against frost and crop establishment failure through grain marketer AWB, as an add-on to its existing fire and hail policies.
USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) has announced that higher levels of coverage will be offered through the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP), a popular safety net program, beginning Monday, April 8. The 2018 Farm Bill also increased service fees and made other changes to the program, including service fee waivers for qualified military veterans interested in obtaining NAP coverage.
The Black Hawk military helicopter flew over Iowa, giving a senior U.S. agriculture official and U.S. senator an eyeful of the flood damage below, where yellow corn from ruptured metal silos spilled out into the muddy water. And there’s nothing the U.S. government can do about the millions of bushels of damaged crops here under current laws or disaster-aid programs, U.S. Agriculture Under Secretary Bill Northey told a Reuters reporter who joined the flight.
Flooding linked to Cyclone Idai, which lashed southeast Africa last month, could reduce Malawi’s staple maize crop by around 20 percent this farming season, Agriculture Minister Joseph Mwanamvekha said on Tuesday. “The floods washed away 71,111 hectares, translating into about 639,999 metric tonnes of potential maize production in five agricultural development divisions, effectively reducing our projected yield for this year,” Mwanamvekha told Reuters.
Crop pathogens and pests reduce the yield of agricultural production, causing substantial economic losses and reducing food security. Yet, their global burden and their variation over time and among different agroecosystems remains poorly quantified. Crop pathogens and pests (P&Ps) constitute a burden to food production worldwide.
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.
In Soc Trang Province, traders are buying sugarcane in Cu Lao Dung District for VND200 – 300 a kilo, a record-low price. The islet district, which is the province’s largest sugarcane producer, has about 2,300ha of sugarcane for the 2018-19 crop. Tran Vu Lan, who plants 1.2ha of sugarcane in Cu Lao Dung’s Dai An 1 Commune, said the low price of sugarcane and the high cost of hiring workers for harvesting have caused a loss of VND20 million (US$860) per hectare.
“We have a good period for Brussels sprouts behind us. However, at the moment, auction prices are meager. Normally, when there is winter weather, the demand is good. This reflects in the prices received at auction", says BelOrta's Guy Jennes. “The current auction price for medium-sized Brussels sprouts is very low. The larger sizes are getting better prices, but it is still too little.
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