Despite floods in northern parts of South Africa, growers to the south are dealing with an unprecedented crisis. One of the Eastern Cape’s largest dams, Kouga which supplies irrigation water to the fertile Gamtoos valley, looks set to run dry for the first time ever. The dam is just over 6% full, and the lowest release level of the dam is about 3%.
A new study predicts an increase in the frequency of flash droughts in India towards the end of this century. Intraseasonal variability of the summer monsoon rainfall and anthropogenic warming have been found to amplify the risk of future flash droughts and this can have negative impacts on crop production, irrigation demands, and groundwater abstraction in India, according to the study.
Gov. David Ige issued an emergency proclamation Friday declaring the County of Maui, which has suffered under drought conditions since March 2019, a disaster area. The proclamation enables the state to provide relief from disaster damages, losses, suffering caused by the disaster, and to protect the health, safety and welfare of the people.
The unreliability of the rains needed to irrigate Brazil's vast soybean plantations is driving the race to genetically engineer seeds that are more resistant to water stress. Producers have little hope of stopping climate change and deforestation, which researchers have identified as being a factor behind water shortages, so instead they are turning to technology to avoid further losses.
AgroInsurance and VanderSat partnered up to conduct a global drought insurance survey to develop a better understanding of the current situation and the upcoming trends in the drought insurance market. We collected around 89 fully completed surveys, from all over the world, covering all major actors in the insurance value chain.
The decrease in Mexico's citrus production, which could have fallen by 50% in 2020 due to the severe droughts that hit the country, could benefit US citrus producers as it will lead to a decrease in the country's orange, tangerine, and grapefruit imports, which in turn will increase the prices of their products and allow them to make better use of the domestic market.
The Peruvian mango season started mid-November, but, due to a sustained drought, the mangoes that are currently being harvested have small sizes, which is putting pressure on the markets. “There were about 40 to 45 days where the trees did not get enough water, and all the growers were very worried about damage to the fruit.
While you might not be able to tell by walking outside your doors this week, it has certainly been a warmer and drier than normal November in Texas. "This month so far has certainly been warmer than normal and drier than normal," said Meteorologist Jason Godwin. "That's not to say we haven't had you know, any cool snaps. In fact, we have had a couple of freezes."
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.
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