When Congress passes disaster bills, the government commonly compensates growers for loss of crops and livestock with the proviso they buy crop insurance in the future so they are protected against catastrophic damage. Companion bills filed by Democrats in the House and Senate would go a step further by giving farmers the money to pay for the policies.
Farmers in the state were already ruing the impact of the extended winter on the mango crop and the unseasonal rains are now going to aggravate the situation. The state on Tuesday received unseasonal rains in April with some places also recording hailstorms, which could severely impact the standing mango crop.
The unusual weather condition in the past three days has damaged more than PHP5-million (€85,500) worth of banana plants in at least 15 of 40 villages there. Marisa Aton, acting city agriculturist, said farmers from the affected villages reported that strong winds, accompanied by a heavy downpour, that have hit the city since Wednesday, have destroyed ready-to-harvest bananas.
Ghana has begun the use of drone technologies in farming as it takes steps to digitize and revolutionize its agricultural sector. Amdrone Tech drones are being used in precision farm spraying and in crop diagnostics. Currently, according to Managing Director of Qualitrace, Kenneth Nelson, the drones are being designed in Germany. There are, however, plans to set up an assembling plant in Ghana for them.
Oilseed rape looks like being the problem crop to manage this spring with many fields badly damaged by cabbage stem flea beetle larvae and agronomists scratching their heads about how to manage patchy fields. There is growing concern that these larval attack will lead to a long and protracted flowering which may heighten the risk of Sclerotinia disease attacks and lead to disappointing harvested yields.
A recent spell of rain has badly impacted the standing wheat crop in. Bahawalnagar Haroonabad Tehsil. Farmers fear they could face losses of millions if the rains continue to lash the region for the next couple of days. Heavy rains hit Haroonabad that came as a blessing for the people but it damaged the wheat crop cultivated on a vast area. The crop was ready for harvest but the rain created difficulties for the farmers to carry on with the process.
Wild turkeys are wreaking havoc on western Quebec's farms, leading to calls for better control of the hungry birds' population. The Union of Agricultural Producers (UAP) says wild turkeys have been causing more and more trouble as their population grows. "We want to find a solution, find a way to control them without exterminating them," said Stéphane Alary, UAP vice-president for the Outaouais-Laurentian region. A farmer himself, Alary said he lost two tons of wheat a few years ago when turkeys ate their way through 10 per cent of his 20-acre field.
A project in Germany testing the agrophotovoltaic (APV) concept has shown a land use efficiency of 160% in 2017 and as much as 186% in 2018, the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE said Friday. The “Agrophotovoltaics – Resource Efficient Land Use (APV-RESOLA)” project evaluated the benefits of producing both solar power and crops on arable land near Lake Constance. The partners in the project installed a solar system of 194 kW on a five-meter-high structure on land used to grow winter wheat, potatoes, clover and celery. Land use efficiency was very high in 2018 because the partial shading provided by the PV panels helped boost the agricultural yield in the very hot summer. Solar power generation also grew because of the abundance of sunlight.
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