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.
Colorado’s governor has announced he is seeking federal aid for farmers impacted by a freeze that wiped out significant portions of the state’s peach crop. The emergency declaration enables farms to access assistance including loans with flexible repayment terms. Peaches account for 75% of state fruit production with nearly $40 million in revenue.
The wave of night frosts that are affecting much of Italy goes on. In the north, the situation has reached an unprecedented level, with 8 hours below zero on the night of April 2 and minimum peaks of -6 °C. Even the anti-frost systems are struggling, because protecting an orchard with 5 °C below zero is not easy.
Alessandro Morini, a producer with almost 40 hectares of apple orchards in the Verona province, explains that the damage appeared to be more limited right after the frost, however, 8 days later, the situation does not appear to be good. "Gala and Golden are the varieties most affected. Quantities and quality have dropped and costs are higher.
The frosts recorded between March 23 and 26 caused flower and bud damage in peach and apricot orchards, but for now it is not yet possible to estimate the extent to which the production volume will be affected. In addition, further severe cold temperatures are expected in the next few days and frosts may still occur at any time by mid-May.
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