New Zealand - Onion crop affected by disease

02.04.2018 122 views
New Zealand's onion crop has been slashed by at least 20 percent because of humid weather, which resulted in a leaf disease. The harvest period is wrapping up for the season, and Onions New Zealand chief executive Michael Ahern called it a mixed bag for the growers. The main problem was a leaf blight called stemphylium, which has damaged the plants. Mr Ahern: "We've had some difficulties in a number of the growing areas ... to that end we ran a crop forecast survey recently and we could be down by around 20 percent on yield ... even that could be increased by quality issues at packing time." This year is the worst case of the leaf blight that anyone in the industry can remember, he said. "No one can recall an attack by this particular fungus to this extent ... so that does point potentially to, not a new pathogen, but more changing climate conditions." The industry would pour its resources and expertise into finding solutions, Mr Ahern said. The country’s potato growers have also had a tough season, with water shortages, scorching temperatures and several large storms. Potatoes New Zealand chief executive Chris Claridge said it was a clear link to climate change. "What we're seeing is a direct impact on farmers' ability to plant and harvest potatoes, which is directly impacted on their profitability and on our ability to generate export receipts." January was the hottest month on record, and that combined with several large cyclones has directly hit farmers in the pocket. "We're seeing increasing evidence that farmers are being directly impacted by climate change, and we now have to start the conversation about climate change and how we manage it going forward," said Mr Claridge, adding that the key issue is how to make growers and farmers more resilient. Source - http://www.freshplaza.com
03.02.2023

Spain - Almeria's yellow melon production is decreasing

The cold has slowed down Almeria's horticultural production after a whole cycle that could be defined as exhausting for plants. "The high autumn and winter temperatures weakened the plants and advanced all the crops.

03.02.2023

Canada - The fight against ginseng replant disease

Amy Shi knows her enemy. Now she must learn to defeat it. A plant pathologist specializing in ginseng, Shi’s battleground is deep in the soil, where a fungal pathogen known as Ilyonectria mors-panacis is dead set on rotting the root of what was once Ontario’s most lucrative export crop.

03.02.2023

USA - Strengthening sorghum against a worldwide fungal threat

A gene discovered by a team of Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and Purdue University scientists could help fortify the defenses of sorghum to anthracnose, a disease of the cereal grain crop that can inflict yield losses of up to 50 percent.

03.02.2023

Spain - The damage would be much greater if these frosts had happened a month from now

The intense cold in Spain over the past two weeks, with several nights of sub-zero temperatures, is taking its toll on several crops in the Murcia region, mainly stone fruit and field vegetables.

03.02.2023

Uzbekistan - Harvest of early onions is largely delayed and may be lower than expected

The consequences of the weather anomalies in January for the Central Asian onion market are not limited to the loss of last year’s crop stocks, the subsequent sharp rise in prices, and a series of bans on onion exports from almost all countries of the region.

03.02.2023

USA - SLO County farms suffer millions in losses from storms

When the big January storm hit on the 9th and 10th of the month, Alford’s fields of cabbage flooded and disappeared under a new lake of water from the half-a-foot of rain that overwhelmed debris-clogged drainage ditches.

03.02.2023

UK - Weather outlook for winter cropping

Although recently we have been discussing and analysing how weather all over the globe has been impacting our cereal and oilseed prices, how has UK weather been for our domestic winter crops?

03.02.2023

USA - Farmers suffer losses as Salinas Valley fields flood

Salinas Valley was initially spared the worst of the damage as storms battered California last month. But then the Salinas River overflowed its banks Jan. 10, breaching berms and levees.