The stone fruit campaign has kicked off in the Region of Murcia with some delay compared to the previous season due to the weather recorded in recent weeks. This factor will determine this year's European production, as was already the case in 2020, when adverse weather conditions significantly reduced the harvest volume in the main EU producing countries.
The Fusarium Race 4 has once again put the region on alert, this time due to an unconfirmed alarm of the presence of the fungus in Venezuela. On April 7, there already was a detection in Peru. Kléber Sigüenza, director of the Chamber of Agriculture of the Second Zone of Ecuador, said this in a statement last Tuesday, during a virtual conversation between the banana cluster and the media.
There aren't many professions where an individual works to create an entire project, only to be forced to make the decision to wipe it out. Farmers are the exception. Many food producers are facing that very situation as they struggle to get workers to pick crops and are forced to spray out, plough in or let drop crops of fruits and vegetables.
Thirteen states in the United States, known as the Corn Belt, are responsible for 90 percent of the corn grain and produce in the country and almost 30 percent of the global corn crop. Using climates projected by four climate models as inputs, simulated yields across the Corn Belt during the decade 2046–2055 were 20–40% less than yields simulated during the 1991–2000 decade due to impact of climate change on weather, according to a new report.
Climate change is mostly responsible for the increased damage caused by frost, just consider the recent cold fronts that have affected Spain first, then central and northern Italy leading to losses of up to 60% of fruit productions. Extreme weather events will be more frequent in the future, leading to early blossoming followed by brief precipitations.
While it’s still early in their seasons, two U.S. apple-growing regions have been contending with significant temperature shifts. Michigan recently saw two cold mornings with temperatures getting down to about 26 degrees Fahrenheit for about three hours. “The bud development on apples is still pretty tight so the damage doesn’t appear to be severe.
New Forest Fruit is one of the earliest soft fruit producers in the UK, they are situated in an area with an ideal microclimate for growing strawberries. The company grows, packs and distributes all of their fruit to the leading UK supermarkets. “We are already 50% through our glasshouse production which is right on target for the time of year,” said Sandy Booth, Managing Director.
After the frosts recorded in the first ten days of April, the Basilicata region has released its first conclusions. "For the next stone fruit campaign, we will have from 25 to 40% less regional product. If on the one hand there are farmers who have seen their production reduced to zero, on the other hand, there are those who have lost only 20%.
As the world’s number one banana exporter, Ecuador is on high alert for its vital crop as its neighbor Peru is grappling with an outbreak of a fungus deadly to that particular crop. Ecuador is sandwiched between two South American nations that have a presence of the incurable banana affliction, with the fungus first reaching Colombia in 2019.
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