Germany’s 2020 grain harvest will fall below average for the third year in a row as farmers grapple with extreme weather conditions, the DBV farmer’s association said on Tuesday. The grain harvest this year is expected to amount to 42.4 million tonnes, down from 44.3 million tonnes a year earlier, and almost 5% below the average for the years 2015 to 2019, the association said in its final harvest estimates.
Germany's 2020 grain harvest will fall below average for the third year in a row as farmers grapple with extreme weather conditions, the DBV farmer's association said on Tuesday. The grain harvest this year is expected to amount to 42.4 million tonnes, down from 44.3 million tonnes a year earlier, and almost 5% below the average for the years 2015 to 2019, the association said in its final harvest estimates.
Large swathes of Germany’s farmland are being decimated by plagues of field mice leading to significant crop loss, according to the country’s national farming association. In some parts of the country, a quarter of the arable land is afflicted, leading to calls for compensation as well as a relaxation on rules governing the use of pesticides.
Rain cracking limits sweet cherry production worldwide. Cracking is often assessed in laboratory assays, where detached fruit is submerged in water. Scientists at Leibniz University Hannover compared cracking of detached fruit that were submerged in water with fruit that remained attached to the tree, but were exposed to simulated rain or fruit that were detached, placed in a wire cage and positioned in the canopy and were exposed to simulated rain.
Heat, sun and drought - the past two summers showed which extremes are possible in Central Europe and thus also in Germany Dried up rivers and lakes, dried up fields, dying trees and daily forest fires were among the most serious consequences. The members of the Gartenbau-Versicherung (GV) also reported dry wells, empty cisterns or reduced city water supply.
A research team led by Prof. Dr. Barbara Becker at the Technical University of East Westphalia-Lippe in Lemgo has been working on an innovative possibility: As part of a project funded by the German Federation of Industrial Research Associations (IGF), the team investigated whether and to what extent noroviruses on contaminated fruit and vegetables can be inactivated by cold-sprayed hydrogen peroxide.
African swine fever (ASF) has been found in wild boars in the west of Poland, just 70km from the German border, representing a 300km leap westwards. The State Veterinary Institute in Pulawy confirmed two cases in dead wild boars in the Lubuskie province in the Nowa Sol county. Further dead wild boar have been discovered in the vicinity, prompting concerns that more cases are likely to be confirmed.
In the night of the 13th of October, a full moon shone its light on the Münch organic farm, located in the heart of the Altes Land. That very fact resulted in a flurry of activity. As every year, the full-moon apples of the Jonagored variety were picked that night. For the most part, the coveted fruits are sold to main customer Tegut and they are already available in the stores.
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