Greece - Heavy snowfall, could lead to higher kiwi volumes

Greece suddenly has to deal with major snowfall. Although this could be a bad thing for many growers of various fruits and veggies, for Zeus the snow couldn’t have come at a better time. The harvesting of the kiwis has been over for quite some time, but the cold temperature means the company has a great year to look forward to. Dangerous weather, that’s what local news outlets are calling it. Heavy snowfall, freezing temperatures and heavy winds, that will continue over the weekend. Christina Manossis, Marketing Manager for Zeus, claims the weather is not the worst thing ever for the company: “There are no effects on the kiwi plantations, as there was no heavy snowfall in the Pieria region, where Zeus is situated and 45% of the national kiwi production is grown,” she explains. “However, if these low minus temperatures continue to persist, this will result in higher volumes of kiwifruit for the coming crop 2019-2020. Kiwi trees need low temperatures during the winter to bear production.”   The weather does make for a grim sight at Zeus’ packhouse though: “If you stand in front of our packhouse, you would normally see mount Olympus. At the moment though, mount Olympus has completely disappeared, due to the heavy clouds and snow.” Manossis says. “So far we haven’t encountered any problems with transporting kiwis for export though, so unless the weather increases in intensity we should be okay.” Source -

USA - Summer weather still impacting farmers as fall harvest begins

It was a summer of significant crop loss for U.S. farmers as drought and severe rain events tore through the country. As the fall harvest season begins, some farmers are still recovering. In Northeast Ohio, harvest season will start late on Jason Schriver’s 300 acres of farmland. 


Philippines - Agriculture damage due to Maring now over P1B

The damage left to the country’s agriculture sector by Severe Tropical Storm Maring after ravaging northern Luzon and parts of the Visayas has risen to more than a billion pesos, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said Friday.


USA - Storms down fungus-infected crops

A combination of fungus and this week’s stormy weather is ravaging crops. We first told you about tar spot on Monday. It has been devasting to farmers. “Going into this, this should have been one of the best crops the guy has ever raised in to see it now flat,” said Marc Eads, farming consultant. 


India - Exposed at sea, fishers need better insurance to manage climate risks

Rufino Possa, 52, a fisher from Uttan, a coastal village in north Mumbai, returned home on October 2, after 12 days at sea, four days more than he planned. The rough seas churned up by Cyclone Gulab towards the end of September meant that he could not find any catch. 


USA - Idaho sees 40 percent reduction in 2021-2022 onion crop

Idaho onions have finished with harvest and one grower says there’s a 40 percent reduction in the crop over last year. "I attribute it to five different things,” says Shay Myers of Parma, ID-based Owyhee Produce. “There was record dry weather, record windy weather, record high temperatures, record smoke-filled skies and a record labor shortage.”


China - Apple supply at risk due to hailstorms in Shaanxi Province

Last month, the average price of Chinese apples rose by 1.7% m-o-m to USD 1,115/MT due to several extreme weather events in the northwest of China. China is the world’s largest producer of apples, accounting for almost half of global production.


Time will tell if challenging 2021 grape harvest affects wines across world

The heady aroma of crushed grapes (must, as it is known in the industry) is filling the air of wineries across the Northern Hemisphere. Starting as early as August in some regions, and continuing into October in others (depending on varietal and climate), the 2021 grape harvest is shaping up to be one for the record books—not all of it in a good way.


India - No MSP procurement of Bajra in state, farmers facing losses up to Rs 1000 per quintal

The Bajra (Millet) producing farmers of Rajasthan are facing a loss of up to Rs 900-1000 per quintal as there is no MSP (minimum support price) procurement of the crop in the state till now. The issue is heating up as the neighbouring state Haryana is not only procuring it but giving price differences to the Bajra producing farmers.