In early August, the first estimate for the Washington apple crop predicted a crop volume of 134 million boxes (40 lb.), on par with the previous season of 133 million boxes. Since the time of the initial estimate, extreme windstorms, wildfires on the West Coast, and more accurate reporting of crop load on the trees as harvest progressed, suggest a lighter total crop volume for the 2020-21 apple harvest.
The River Fire, now one of the largest in California, is chewing through chaparral and trees on the south side of River Road. On the north side, within shouting distance of the conflagration, grows millions of dollars worth of produce that growers and farmworkers alike hope will feed people across the nation.
It is fire season in California, and this season so far has seen a higher number of fires than in previous years. The current heatwave that the state has been experiencing has had its own effect on crops, and now the farms are seeing smokey skies. Over 40,000 acres of land has burned in three northern Bay Area counties.
From Friday night through Saturday, crews tended to two fires in Fergus County - the Porphyry Fire east of Judith Peak, and another wildfire approximately eight miles northwest of Winifred. By 9 a.m. Saturday, Fergus County DES Coordinator Ben Phillips said the Porphyry Peak Fire was 90 percent contained.
The National Weather Service in Riverton says that “dry conditions continue to increase in intensity across much of Wyoming.” “A very dry Spring and early Summer has expanded drought conditions across much of Wyoming in July,” the NWS in Riverton said on Thursday, July 30. “This will also increase the Fire Danger across the region.”
With the money, he had saved for a surgical operation, Turk al-Jasim, a farmer in the western countryside of Raqqa province, bought the whole wheat seeds to cultivate his land this year. Al-Jasim lost his 2019 crop due to the fires. In addition, he did not get any financial compensation for his losses because he was not in the region, nor did he get free water to irrigate his crops.
Mid North Coast farmers are voicing their concerns over the long term impact of the drought and fires after destructive 2019 events dealt their crops a blow. David Flinter is the owner of Hand'n'Hoe Organics Macadamia farm in Comboyne and he said it's too early to say if whether the region's ecosystem can restore itself effectively, after fires and drought swept through the region.
A large fire affected the facilities of two well-known blueberry firms in the Concordia region. Cristian Bravo, head of the Voluntary Fire Department, said that “at 0:32, we were informed of a fire at kilometer 263 of the Artigas Highway. Some facilities belonging to the fruit and blueberry packaging and processing company Integrity S.A, where Agroberries also operates, were burning down.
Today’s announcement by the NSW Government of a statewide $140m bushfire recovery package is welcome reassurance that bushfire recovery remains on the NSW and Federal Governments’ agendas. The announcement follows the Prime Minister’s letter to APAL CEO Phil Turnbull this week that confirmed the bushfires remain a priority of the Federal Government and expressed his Government’s firm commitment to supporting primary producers and regional communities to recover from the bushfires.
Australian supermarkets are reportedly grappling with a shortage of broccoli and different produce because the nation’s huge bushfires have ravaged farms. Coles, one of Australia’s largest grocery retailer chains, mentioned broccoli providers are struggling due to the fires, which have slammed at least 19,000 farmers.
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