During spring tomato growers see whitefly infestation pressure increase slowly, but surely. At this time of year, predatory mirid bugs - such as Macrolophus pygmaeus - are often not yet at full strength. However, Biobest’s biological insecticide Preferal can be a valuable addition to the control strategy.
Several counties are battling new desert locust invasions despite the ongoing spraying of hatchlings …. Farmers have urged the government to spray the locusts and compensate those who have incurred huge losses. Seed growers, including Kenya Seed Company, have halted work amid the coronavirus onslaught.
The Saskatchewan budget scheduled for March 18 turned out to be a non-event as the Legislature shut down amid COVID-19 concerns. Earlier that day the government announced a spending plan of $14.15 billion, but couldn’t say how much the virus will cost the health system or how much revenue the province could expect to take in.
European Union crop monitoring service MARS on Monday forecast that the average soft wheat yields in the EU, including Britain, would fall 2.1% from last year, mainly owing to excessive rain in western Europe offsetting good crop weather elsewhere. In its first yield forecast for 2020, MARS projected EU soft wheat yields at 5.88 tonnes per hectares (t/ha) this year, down from 6.01 t/ha in 2019. That would still be 1.9% above the five-year average.
The climate in 2020 brought forward the harvesting of many products, including asparagus from Sicily. "Protected crops are rather early and quality is good. This year, harvesting started around January 20th and the campaign is currently in full swing. Harvesting in open fields started in early March."
“Since last Monday, people have been rushing to buy citrus fruit because of the coronavirus. The demand is especially high for grapefruit, lemons, and oranges,” explains Xavier Rosario of Louis Rosario. The demand is increasing in all markets. For the coming days, the company is expecting a decrease in the available volumes.
The spring rains caused by westerly weather systems are not unusual in Pakistan. And it is also not unusual that they cause a lot of losses and damage. They unleash torrential downpours, trigger avalanches, and flooding and sometimes also usher in harsh winter weather. In some cases, the collateral hailstorms seriously damage the wheat crop.
After desert locusts invaded her farm in central Kenya, Mary Muthoni, 61, ran around her maize fields shouting and banging on an old iron sheet in a desperate attempt to drive them away. “They came here yesterday evening and sat on top of these trees as though to rest there for the night,” said the mother of seven, who lives in Mahiga-Meru village in Laikipia County.
Due to unseasonal storm and rain, crops including pulses, oilseeds, and vegetables have suffered a lot of damage. Farmers have to suffer a lot due to this unprecedented hailstorm and rainfall across Indian states. Moreover, the crop of pulses and oilseeds was damaged at a time when the farmer was about to harvest the crops, or at a time when the capital has been spent from sowing to harvesting.
Australian supermarkets are reportedly grappling with a shortage of broccoli and different produce because the nation’s huge bushfires have ravaged farms. Coles, one of Australia’s largest grocery retailer chains, mentioned broccoli providers are struggling due to the fires, which have slammed at least 19,000 farmers.
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