Labor shortages in the agricultural sector are causing worries for makers of Estonia's fruit and vegetable preserves and may mean higher prices in the stores. Salvest, which produces preserves made from berries, received produce from Estonia, for instance from Saaremaa-based Saarek, though it also gets its raw materials from other countries, it says.
The high temperatures recorded in the Jordan Valley during the last week of Ramadan has taken a toll on citrus trees in the northern Jordan Valley. Citrus growers have stressed that the current situation will entail huge financial losses for producers, given the low productivity of the farms, and have called the Ministry of Agriculture to intervene to save those who are already suffering from marketing problems and low prices.
Israel is still reeling from a six-day heatwave that scorched the country with temperatures reaching 40oC (104oFahrenheit) in most parts of the country. The Israel Meteorological Service (IMS) noted on May 25, 2020, that although absolute temperature records were not broken, the hot weather was record-breaking for its intensity and length.
The agricultural damage caused by the current heavy heatwave in Israel is expected to amount to tens of millions of shekels, a spokesperson for the KANAT Insurance Fund for Natural Risks in Agriculture said. Initial assessments predict damage of over NIS 30 million but it is still too early to determine the extent of the final damage to crops.
The month of January was a turbulent month for plums in the Western Cape when a mid-month heatwave (40°C and over for four consecutive days) was followed by wind and unseasonal rain, reducing the Custom Plum Company’s Midnight Gold plums and FlavorFall interspecific plums. Moreover, there was rain during flowering last year, reducing fruit set.
Insect attacks are becoming stronger with rising temperatures and plants are not able to cope with the double whammy from pests and rising heat. These are the findings of a recent study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study reinforces previous findings that persistent warm and dry conditions make pests ‘hungrier’, increase their populations and geographical range.
Climate models might underestimate crop losses because they don’t factor how infested plants react to rising temperatures, according to a new study. Recent models tell us that, as our climate warms up, herbivores and pests will cause increased damage to agricultural crops. One study predicted that crop yield lost to insects increases 10 to 25% for every 1 degree Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit) increase.
If the loss of millions of animals from raging wildfires in Australia wasn’t enough, news of another loss is circulating—that of over 5,000 camels. In a media statement, officials explained that the cull was needed to control the thousands of camels trodding into Aboriginal communities in Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) lands, located in the northwest part of South Australia.
"Despite the fact that table grapes have not been doing well so far, we can say seedless varieties are more popular than seeded ones. The seedless grape campaign should end around November 20th. Prices have generally been rather high but, since supply is ending, they could rise further over the next few weeks."
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