Many corn fields took a beating from hail associated with the storm on April 26-27. Fortunately, the critical growing point of young corn plants should be underground until plants reach the V6 growth stage or are more than 12” tall. Thus, corn younger than V6 has the physiological capability to completely recover from heavy defoliation.
It is in the spring, from the first signs of bud swell through post bloom that fruit buds, flowers, developing fruit and emerging shoots are the most sensitive to low temperature (frost) injury. The best protection for avoiding a spring frost is locating the fruit planting on a proper site. However, most sites are not perfect, and may benefit from additional frost protection.
Reinsurers are playing often a key role in developing new agricultural insurance markets. In agriculture, finance of inputs and lending for crop inputs is very often linked to the availability of crop insurance and hence reinsurance. Being in the financial service industry Partner Re sees its role in providing risk capital for risk transfer with all the financial services that go along with that process. For Partner Re the sector of agriculture insurance has been defined clearly as a main strategic target.
Farmers face a variety of market and production risks that make their incomes volatile from year to year. In many cases, farmers also confront the risk of catastrophe, as, for example, when crops are destr oyed by drought or pest outbreaks or when assets and lives are lost to hurricanes and floods. These risks are particularly burdensome to the poor, including many small farmers. Unless adequately managed, they can slow economic development and poverty reduction and contribute to humanitarian crises.
Mold and other quality losses are rarely severe enough to trigger crop insurance claims, as I found out when reporting today's news story on how growers will be compensated for their sub-par crops. Kernel damage and low test weights must meet thresholds before insurance adjustments trigger. In practice, crop insurers told me, it's hard for growers to get fully paid for dockage and they believe that will be the case with this latest outbreak of white mold in the Illinois and Indiana corn crops.
With several types of ear rot diseases appearing on Ohio’s corn crop, properly identifying them is important for producers to make decisions about feeding grain to livestock. Current weather conditions are favorable for ear rot development: wet weather late in the season, frost occurring before maturity, corn standing in the field for an extended period and delayed maturity.
The international agricultural insurance market has an important dimension. The experience of economically developed countries revealed the fact that without a stable development of agricultural insurances, there is no chance for high performance agriculture. This will require the establishment of a framework for responding to severe systemic events affecting agricultural production, and establishing an appropriate regulatory environment to foster private sector innovation and investment in services for less catastrophic events.
Publication provides short information on major diseases on tomatoes. Text is supported by images picturing cases of diseases. Early blight, caused by the fungus Alternaria solani, usually begins on older leaves as dark, irregularly shaped spots. Spots enlarge up to 1/2 inch in diameter and are characterized by a black, targetlike, concentric ring pattern (Figure […]
An apple orchard may be the quintessential symbol of the good life in the country. What seems easier or more natural than plucking per fect, pesticide-free apples from trees you planted as saplings and lovingly watched grow over the years? In reality, apples are a demanding crop with many pest problems; commercial apple-growers don't apply 12 to 18 sprays a season because they enjoy spraying.
Coping with the consequences of drought is costly for livestock producers. This article focuses on beef cattle and other livestock that use pasture are the main source of feed. Options will vary from farm-to-farm but in each case one of these options is likely to be less expensive that the others. Options include buying various types of forages and feed, reducing animal numbers, or some combination.
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