According to the claims reports received by Agroseguros, the abrupt drop in temperatures and frosts recorded during the weekend of March 19 to 21 in Spain affected nearly 38,000 hectares that were insured, which were distributed among more than 31,100 parcels, mostly of fruit, almond, and wine grape crops. According to the insurance company, the compensation estimate amounts to 55 million euro.
The low temperatures in the north of Italy are causing increasing concern. Below is a partial statement of damage, for each region. In the Monregalese area, in the province of Cuneo, the fruit-growing area par excellence, temperatures have dropped to -3 °, with conspicuous frosts together with advection fog, radiation fog, and minor snowfalls.
A dust storm followed by rain hit several areas of Punjab Tuesday night affecting standing crop over 11,645 hectares in at least 4 districts. The storm, said experts, is likely to hit crop yield in the affected area by 2 to 3 per cent. According to a report compiled by the Department of Agriculture, the districts where crop has been affected are Ludhiana, Fatehgarh Sahib, Bathinda and Mohali.
Apple farmers in Henderson County are concerned about the potential for significant crop loss in the coming days from the forecasted cold weather. “We’re talking about some really, really potentially damaging temperatures right now,” said Terry Kelley, director for the Henderson County Cooperative Extension Service.
Heat waves, which are projected to become more frequent and intense as the century progresses, could cause as much as 10 times more crop damage than is now projected, a team of researchers led by the University of Colorado Boulder has found. The team analyzed the data by identifying the length and prevalence of stretches of unusually high heat.
The impact of heatwaves and droughts on crop production in Europe has approximately tripled in the past 50 years, research suggests. A study has found that, across 28 European countries, the average impact of a heatwave or drought disaster on crop production was three times greater in the period 1991-2015 compared with 1964-1990.
The attack of top borer insect on sugarcane crop has resulted in loss to farmers of the region. The most affected variety is CO 0238, which has been cultivated in a large area of the region. Scientists of the Karnal-based Sugarcane Breeding Institute, Regional Centre, told the farmers to eradicate moths at this stage as the time was appropriate to manage top borer through mechanical collections by using pheromone traps.
New research published today by scientists at CABI and the Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS) confirms that the apple snail (Pomacea canaliculata) has been discovered in Kenya for the first time. Widely considered to be one of the most invasive invertebrates of waterways and irrigation systems, the apple snail threatens Kenya's rice production and raises the questions: How much damage will it cause in Kenya, and will it spread further?
Widespread heavy rains throughout New South Wales and Queensland over the past week led to major flooding in coastal areas, but were generally welcomed by broadacre crop producers in inland regions which received up to 200 millimetres. The rain topped up subsoil moisture levels for the forthcoming winter crop and saved some ailing summer crops, but caused waterlogging and sprouting issues for some summer crops nearing harvest.
The frosts caused by a sharp drop in temperatures last weekend impacted fruit production in different parts of Spain. In the Region of Murcia, the frosts ruined the entire apricot production and a large part of the almond production in the districts of Caravaca, affecting the orchards of other municipalities in the Northwest region.
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