Texas farmers harvested as much produce as they could before the historic storm that hit the state with a five-day deep freeze, and now that fields have thawed, they are seeing just how many crops they lost. At F Stop Farm in Manor, that was everything. "We won't have harvestable produce for four weeks," farmer Ryan Farnau said Sunday. "It's going to be tough. We're going to have to reset."
The Rio Grande Valley could see some of the coldest temperatures it has seen in years, and according to citrus grower and President of Texas Citrus Mutual, Dale Murden, said there is a lot of anxiety and uncertainty heading into the weekend. “It’s a concern. You have got a salad bowl of things growing down here in February.
A new agricultural innovation from Washington State University may solve an ancient predicament: how to protect crop plants from cold damage at bud break. As spring brings warmer weather, plants wake up from dormancy and begin the processes of growth and flowering. But one cold night can kill those buds before they have a chance to flower and fruit.
The marketing expectations for the start of the 2020/21 citrus season were very positive after the increase in consumption that occurred at the end of the previous season. These positive sales prospects were noticeable at the beginning of the campaign, as producers and buyers in Andalusia closed many contracts to ensure part of the production, and everything seemed to indicate that prices would be higher and that they would remain relatively stable throughout this campaign.
The weather is once again shaping the development of the current horticultural campaign in the greenhouses of eastern Andalusia. The season already had a difficult start, as warm temperatures throughout the continent allowed the European seasons to be extended, and an unusually mild autumn caused the volumes of some vegetables, such as cucumbers, to increase too much.
The intense cold and severe frosts registered last week in the fields of Huelva have forced raspberry producers to resort to a technique almost as old as humanity to save their productions inside the greenhouses: fire, with the use of so-called anti-frost candles. These anti-frost candles are replacing the traditional burning of straw bales; a method that, according to experts, is not the most effective, in addition to causing environmental and public health issues due to the clouds of smoke it generates.
The weeks after Christmas registered a drop in Sicilian artichoke prices and sales, leading to significant losses for the local economy in Niscemi (CL), know as the "artichoke capital". "During this terrible year, we have witnessed a general drop in prices that is affecting the entire fresh produce sector.
2021 has started with a drastic drop in temperatures in much of Spain, which is expected to continue throughout the week. Since the early hours of Monday, frosts have been recorded in Murcia and the south of Alicante, notably affecting crops such as artichokes, leafy vegetables, brassicas or zucchini, among others.
Agricultural scientists and engineers at the University of Adelaide have identified a potential new tool for screening cereal crops for frost damage. Their research has shown they can successfully screen barley plants for frost damage non-destructively with imaging technology using terahertz waves (which lie between the microwave and infrared waves on the electromagnetic spectrum).
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