Heavy fruit drop and weather issues reportedly could lead to reduction in Florida’s Valencia orange crop. Some in the citrus industry said COVID-19 issues in processing plants have also limited the intake of Valencias from groves, but the Florida Citrus Processors Association says that is not likely the case.
Due to unseasonal storm and rain, crops including pulses, oilseeds, and vegetables have suffered a lot of damage. Farmers have to suffer a lot due to this unprecedented hailstorm and rainfall across Indian states. Moreover, the crop of pulses and oilseeds was damaged at a time when the farmer was about to harvest the crops, or at a time when the capital has been spent from sowing to harvesting.
As the global population soars to reach nine billion people, emerging challenges of feeding this population are becoming more real than ever in the world. Many countries in the world, Zambia included, now are under great stress to feed its people. Stories of people eating mangoes as the main meal in Lundazi are still fresh on our minds or bustle in Southern Province and many other areas.
Tiny, symbiotic fungi play an outsized role in helping plants survive stresses like drought and extreme temperatures, which could help feed a planet experiencing climate change, report scientists at Washington State University. Recently published in the journal Functional Ecology, the discovery by plant-microbe biologist Stephanie Porter and plant pathologist Maren Friesen sheds light on how microbe partners can help sustainably grow a wide variety of crops.
Farmers may want to look at different crop options this spring, considering disease issues continue to be problematic. Alternatives include a variety of cereals, oilseeds and pulses, and their returns could be better than expected, according to agronomists and specialists who shared options Jan. 8 during the Agronomy Update conference in Red Deer.
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.
After continuous rain in the region for three days and night temperature recorded at 0.4°C on Friday, farmers in Hisar are worried after frost was seen on the mustard crop. A farmer of Shikarpur village, Ramji Lal, who has sown mustard in over five acre of land said he saw a layer of ice (frost) on the stubble which was kept as fodder for cattle and also near the roots of mustard crop.
Too dry, too wet and then it snowed. That sums up Manitoba’s 2019 growing season, culminating with the “harvest from hell,” which for some farmers won’t end until spring. “I have often said it’s not a good sign when you’re harvesting and they’re playing Christmas carols on the radio,” Minto farmer and Keystone Agricultural Producers president Bill Campbell said.
Last week, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services offered a reminder to Florida’s tomato and pecan growers of the approaching crop insurance deadline. Growers have until January 31, 2020 to apply for crop insurance coverage for the 2020 crop year. Current policyholders who would like to make changes to their existing coverage also have until the January 31 sales closing date to do so.
Historically wet years and flooding throughout the state have pushed hundreds of Iowa farmers to voluntarily offer to take tens of thousands of acres out of crop production. When Iowa earlier this year received approval for a federal program that compensates farmers who opt to take flood-damaged land out of production, officials expected maybe a few dozen applications.
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