Historically wet years and flooding throughout the state have pushed hundreds of Iowa farmers to voluntarily offer to take tens of thousands of acres out of crop production. When Iowa earlier this year received approval for a federal program that compensates farmers who opt to take flood-damaged land out of production, officials expected maybe a few dozen applications.
The cost to affected farmers in the aftermath of the Rangitata River flooding could run into millions of dollars, Federated Farmers says. South Canterbury dairy chairman Ad Hendriks said while it was too early to know just how much damage had been done, once the water receded he expected those affected would have a lot of work to do.
The British Carrot Growers Association has issued a warning that next spring the UK’s favourite vegetable – we eat 10 billion a year – will be in short supply. They say that flooding in northern England and the Midlands means producers have been unable to lay down straw to protect their crops from frost.
Although the availability of the main harvest, seasonal livestock products, and fish and wild foods has relatively reduced the severity of food insecurity in many areas of South Sudan, Crisis or worse outcomes remain widespread. Emergency is present in Ulang, Maiwut, and Maban of Upper Nile and Duk of Jonglei, driven by flood-induced crop losses and disruptions to food assistance delivery and market functioning.
The story of agriculture in Maharashtra’s traditionally drought-prone Vidarbha region this time is simple: It has rained so much, especially from September, that the standing crop has wilted from excess water in fields. AT Daroda village in this cotton-rich taluka of Wardha district, Dilip Pohane expects to harvest just nine quintals of kapas (raw un-ginned cotton) from a 2.5-acre field and 15 quintals from an adjoining 2.1-acre plot.
Around 43 percent of the total coffee-bearing areas of Karnataka and Kerala are reported to have been affected by the crop loss of more than 33 percent during the calamities in recent months. Coffee Board’s extension teams carried out preliminary surveys in the calamity-affected areas of Karnataka and Kerala.
The price of several foodstuffs is expected to rise in the new year as the flooding in northern England hits the supply of winter vegetables such as potatoes, cauliflowers and cabbages. Official data released on Friday revealed a “great deal of uncertainty” around the fate of a 10th of the country’s potato crop as farmers count the cost of the deluge that has overwhelmed parts of South Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and the Midlands.
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