Cotton crops worth tens of millions of dollars in north-west New South Wales have been damaged by spray drift. Growers have called an emergency meeting to discuss the impact and how to deal with it. Vice chair of the Walgett Cotton Growers' Association, Bernie Bierhoff, said about 6,000 hectares on more than a dozen farms are showing signs of damage from an incident on Christmas Day.
The two recent weather disturbances that lashed portions of Luzon,Visayas and Mindanao resulted in more than a billion pesos worth of damage and losses to the agriculture sector. Based on a data from the Department of Agriculture (DA), the combined damage and losses to the agriculture sector due to by Tropical Storms Urduja and Vinta reached P1.24 billion, affecting a total of 58.876 hectares of agriculture areas in Southern Tagalog, Bicol region, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Western Mindanao,Davao region, Southern Mindanao and the Caraga region, with an estimated volume of production loss at 28,737 metric tons.
California avocado growers are slowly uncovering how much damage last week’s trail of wildfires caused its crops. Just northeast of Santa Paula, Ca. sits Cole Ranch on a more than 4,000 acre piece of land. The land is divided amongst three areas of focus—800 acres of avocados, 200 acres of lemons, the remaining dedicated to farm cattle.
Cotton growers in Indian state of Maharashtra would get compensation ranging from Rs 6,800 to Rs 37,500 per hectare depending on the extent of damage to their crops due to pink bollworm. Cotton is cultivated on around 41 lakh hectares this year in Maharashtra, and it is estimated that 25 per cent to 50 per cent of the crop is damaged due to the pest attack.
A cold front that delivered low temperatures to much of Mexico earlier this month also caused widespread damage to nopal, or prickly pear, crops in the south of Mexico City. More than 70% of nopal production in Milpa Alta — the capital’s southernmost and most rural borough — was lost due to single-digit temperatures and overnight freezes on December 9, 10 and 11. The bulk of the edible cactus pads that are sold in Mexico City are grown there.
Hurricane Irma, which scourged Florida early in September, has had major consequences for the grapefruit market. “Our supplier expects to ship 50 per cent less Florida grapefruit,” says Frans van der Burg of Total Produce in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The importer will receive the first supply of the Star Ruby and Ruby Red varieties at the end of next week, some weeks later than usually. “It’s an unpleasant situation. The trees were heavy with fruit because the harvest was imminent, but you can’t do anything against natural disasters.”
2017 has been a year of unusual weather, a trend that continues. Over the weekend, we had high winds, heavy rain, and big temperature swings which is taking a toll on this year’s harvest. Around the state there were reports of barns and grain storage systems being damaged by the high winds, and the heavy rains will stall the harvest for several days.
When John and L'Nell Starkey returned after Hurricane Harvey, the substantial damage to their pecan orchard left a sting in their hearts. "To see anything that is damaged that bad, and something that we put our lives in, too — we were very sad," said John Starkey, 87. "We spend a great deal of time taking care of the trees, trying to make them healthy.
Almost 185 hectares of apple orchards in Nelson and Hawke's Bay have been partially destroyed by a faulty crop spray - 1.8 percent of the total apples grown annually in New Zealand. The spray, Mancozeb which is used by around 20 apple growers, has been recalled after it was discovered it contains Azoxystrobin - a damaging crop fungicide.
Apple, pear and cherry crops in the Adelaide Hills have been badly damaged by a hail storm, causing growers plenty of concern for the upcoming season. Early reports show that almost all apple and pear growers have been hit, with possibly 90 per cent of the major production area suffering from dinted fruit. This season's cherries, which are almost ready for harvest, may also have been affected, and will be assessed for damage.
After a heatwave in June, Switzerland was hit by severe thunderstorms and hail during this last weekend and Monday evening. The regions around La Sarraz and Yverdon in the Vaud, Bielersee and the Biel Region, the Bernese Seeland and the Mittelland between Niederbipp and Lenzburg were reported to be the hardest hit.
John Swanson has been getting some timely rains on his farm near Mentor, Min., but last Wednesday, June 21, a hail storm moved across part of his land and did some significant damage to a corn and soybean field, both of which were on some of his irrigated land. “It was just a little strip of hail that didn’t cover a very large area, but it really did a good job on the crops,” John said. “The insurance adjusters were out today and looked at it. There were spots where we were counting 50 percent of the soybean plants that were broken off.
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