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.
Over 50 percent of the maize cultivation during the 2018/2019 Maha Season (43,000 hectares) has been infested by the Fall Army Worm (FAW) which made its way into the country recently, Professor of Crop Science, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya. Around 75,000-80,000 hectares of maize is cultivated during the Maha Season and around 9,000-10,000 hectares during the Yala season.
Last week, air temperatures in Romania were mostly within long-term normal ranges, exceeding long-term normal values by 1..2°С in the south and northeast. The average daytime temperature varied within -2..+4°С, posing no risk of winterkill to crops. Precipitation in the form of rain and sleet occurred all over the country, but the highest rates were registered in the north and west (10-25 mm over the week) with at most 5-10 mm in the rest of Romania.
Coconut farmers affected by Titli cyclone are yet to pay amount under crop insurance scheme by its companies so far. Coconut farmers in Uddanam area paid crop insurance premium for one tree as Rs 10 for three years term in 2016 and it is in force till March 2019. With the motivation of horticulture officials farmers paid the amount to national insurance company under national crop insurance scheme (NCIC) which is applicable for horticulture crops.
The startling extent to which violent wild fires, similar to those that ravaged large swathes of California recently, affect forests and crops way beyond the boundaries of the blaze has been revealed. A pioneering new study by Professor Nadine Unger of the University of Exeter and Professor Xu Yue of the Institute of Atmospheric Physics in Beijing, has revealed that pollutants released by the devastating wild fires can affect crop and vegetation growth hundreds of kilometres from the fire impact zone.
When farm distress and loan waiver has been the burning topic across the nation, the shocker is that Odisha farmers seem to be the worst-hit in country as the State in 2018-19 (till the middle of December) has seen highest crop damages in the country owing to natural disasters. As per data available with the Union Government, with crop damages in an area covering a whopping 3.9lakh hectare till mid December, Odisha virtually tops country in 2018-19.
Two weeks after a severe hailstorm that affected horticultural production in numerous regions of Chile, associations representing blueberry, table grape, cherry and kiwifruit growers have released initial impact assessments. Unusually large hailstones, heavy rain, and strong winds hit the country’s central-southern regions on Nov. 12, just as the harvests for the summer export season were getting underway.
With a demand to pay compensation of Rs 25,000 per acre of crop damaged due to heavy rains and flood, the farmers staged a dharna in front of office of the joint director of the agriculture department here on Tuesday. The farmers under the joint aegis of AP Kowlu Rythula Sangham and the AP Rytu Sangham also demanded that the government register names of tenant farmers while preparing crop loss list.
In the wake of Hurricane Irma, economists with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences realized that their UF/IFAS Extension colleagues needed a better system for reporting damages and losses suffered by producers – something faster, more focused, more standardized. Access to the assessment form will be made available to appropriate UF/IFAS Extension personnel following a disaster, she said.
The devastating floods that have left a trail of destruction will cripple the state’s agriculture production in a major way in the current year, especially rice. As per the primary analysis by the the state agriculture department, around 56,844.44 ha of cropped area has been affected by the floods, causing a loss of Rs 1355.68 crore to 3.14 lakh farmers. Justin Mohan, director, Agriculture Department, said this is only an indicative loss, and that the actual loss will be very high as the majority of the affected farmers are still languishing in flood relief camps.
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