Thanksgiving tables are not the same without one essential side dish, but cranberry farmers across New England had their work cut out for them this year when weather put a damper on the harvest. Cranberries grow in cool regions with warm summers, such as New England, Wisconsin, Washington, and Oregon. Wisconsin produces the largest cranberry supply in the United States, accounting for more than half the country's cranberry supply.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) declared drought-related natural disaster conditions in 10 primary counties and all neighboring counties on Wednesday, accounting for the entire state. The designation opens the door to federal emergency relief for the state’s producers, who can apply for emergency loans until July 2021.
Hot, dry summer that broke weather records may be just a memory, but more than half of Maine is still in moderate, severe or extreme drought, according to the map released Thursday by the United States Drought Monitor. That means that as farmers and others around the state prepare for winter, many are still hoping for more rain and snow to fall to recharge irrigation ponds, irrigate tree roots and otherwise get Maine in a better position for next year.
Southwest Missouri counties reeling from prolonged drought can now find help through the USDA Farm Service Agency. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue designated two more Missouri counties as primary natural disaster areas. Farmers in Dade and Jasper counties join a growing list of people who are eligible for disaster assistance from losses caused by recent drought.
The month of September saw 77 per cent less rainfall than in a normal year and October remained dry as well. This means the spectre of drought now looms large over the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. The prolonged dry spell has affected the sowing of early varieties of different crops, mainly wheat, and the situation could worsen if rains continued to elude the hill state for some more days.
The Peruvian mango season is set to start in the middle of November with the northern growing region of Piura. This start is a few weeks late, which is the result of cooler weather in June and July which delayed the flowering period, according to Milton Calle of Exotic Producers and Packers. The volumes this year are expected to be lower than last year, too.
The New Zealand national flock shrank by 2% in the year to 30 June, according to the latest stock survey by Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ). Much of the fall was due to lower numbers of hoggets, which decreased by 8% to 8.4 million head. This was mostly due to many farmers destocking in response to prolonged dry conditions, which limited grass growth and feed availability.
The drought that has struck Aroostook County is going to reduce yields for many potato farmers. Some of them expect an average crop, but many are reporting smaller yields because of the dry weather. Don Flannery, executive director of the Maine Potato Board: “Most say yields are down. In some cases it could be 30% but what the bottom line is for the whole crop is still an unknown at this point.”
“There are farms entering the second year with no water at all,” says a Klein-Karoo stonefruit farmer. “For the second year in a row their farm dams are bone dry.” There have been small amounts of sporadic rainfall over parts of the Klein-Karoo, but of the good winter rainfall over the southwestern Cape, they have had nothing.
According to the manager of the Peruvian Association of Mango Producers and Exporters (APEM), Juan Carlos Rivera Ortega, the country could export more than 200,000 tons of mango in the 2020/2021 campaign, which will begin in November. This volume would be much lower than the record 234,000 tons exported in the previous season and cannot be completely explained by the alternation in production.
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