The temperature dipped below zero in a number of areas across the Prairies on Monday night, one of the hardest hit areas was Saskatchewan. Environment Canada's Weather Summary shows temperatures ranged from -2 in the Kindersley, Humboldt area, to -5 in Rosetown, Swift Current and Assiniboia, to -7.9 in Coronach and Val Marie.
In 1992 the first wind machine was installed at Vogelaar in Krabbendijke by the Belgian “Frost Protection”. There are now around 1,800 such wind machines in Europe and around 40,000 Orchard-Rite wind machines worldwide. "Night frost, partly due to climate change, is an increasing challenge for the grower," says Jan Bosmans of Frost Protection.
A test year, is what Sil Moonen calls the current season for blueberries. "Normally we always say at the start of the Dutch season that the market will only pick up when the schools start again and everyone is back from their holiday. Now that many people are holidaying at home to a greater or lesser degree, things could turn out quite differently for us.
A mid-spring freeze has reduced wheat production forecasts in Caldwell County and across Kentucky, yet the forecast is still significantly higher than last year’s crop. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released the June Crop Production report Friday, showing a small in the yield forecast for Kentucky winter wheat.
The hard frost that struck southern Ontario in early May caused some damage, but area farmers believe vulnerable crops should be OK provided there are no further complications. Fred and Sharon Judd of Meadow Lynn Farms have it tougher than most strawberry growers because of the variable topography of their acreage on the south side of Simcoe.
According to a preliminary assessment of berry growers in the village of Kunicha (Dondusheni district), about 30-70% of the crops have been lost. Considering that the town has been producing and exporting up to 1 thousand tons of strawberries over the past few years, we can assume that the country's supply for the foreign market will be significantly reduced.
Dekalb agronomist Lance Tarochione says he received several reports of damage on recently emerged soybeans from a freeze that occurred May 9 in a region along the Interstate 74 corridor, stretching from Bloomington, Ill., west to Warren County. Soybeans planted between about April 10 and April 22 had enough time and temperature to emerge, or to be in the process of emerging, by May 9. These suffered the most damage.
Just one month ago, Jennifer Gilkerson worried about the impact of COVID-19 on her strawberry farm. To add to her already full plate, frost visited Sunset Berry Farm, taking nearly half their crop. “It’s hard not to be a little bit down this year,” Gilkerson said. “We sort of feel a little defeated, but that’s what happens in farming.”
Temperatures overnight last weekend, May 10-12, got into the mid-20's for 8 to 9 hours in parts of West Michigan, according to the Fox 17 weather team. Cold like that in May can cause real problems for blooming crop like apples. Audrey Sebolt of the Michigan Farm Bureau told us that while it's too early to tell the extent of the crop damage, some are certainly more susceptible than others.
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