The Crown of Maine has been reduced to moderate drought status while other parts of Aroostook County and the state go into their ninth week of severe drought. While the Maine Drought Task Force is monitoring the worsening situation throughout most of Maine, recent rains allowed the Crown of Maine — mainly the St. John Valley and part of Washington County — to drop from a severe to a moderate drought status.
The Portuguese potato and onion seasons aren't having the best of times. Demand for both products is not as strong as it was last season and when it comes to onions; some producers are destroying the crops rather than selling it at a loss. According to Tania Silva, Commercial and Marketing director of Portugese produce trader Agromais, the potatoes have had a rough season so far: “In Portugal, this year was a challenging one for the potato industry.
The Provincial Council for Agricultural Development of the Province of Azua (Coproda) stated that the damage caused by tropical storm Laura in the region as it passed through the Dominican Republic (where it affected 64,637 hectares of plantain, onion, coffee, lemons, yucca, avocado, and organic banana crops) was estimated at RD $ 20 million.
Scientists from the Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR) claim to have found a cure for one of the most feared agricultural diseases. The fungal disease Fusarium Wilt -aka ‘Panama Disease’- afflicts banana plants. For the first time, Indian scientists have brought out a biopesticide that can control the disease. This biopesticide has been made using another fungus.
Till July end this year, key plantation districts across South India such as Kodagu, Chikkamagalur, Idukki and Wayanad faced a rainfall deficit. Come August, the heavy downpour in the first fortnight helped wipe out the deficit besides triggering flooding, landslides and inflicting crop losses in some of these districts.
This year the drought gave up the hopes of the country's farmers to break the records of previous years in grain harvesting as a bad job. The weather factor has hit all crops without exception - from wheat to corn and sunflower. The harvest of the latter is expected to be 1 million tons less than last year.
Farmers in south Gujarat are facing huge losses as excess rainfall in the region this year led to floodwaters stagnating in farmlands in several districts. The paddy crop has suffered badly, according to state farmers' bodies. Farmers in south Gujarat are staring at losses of over Rs 100 crore, according to Jayesh Patel, president of the Gujarat Khedut Samaj.
In Europe, 2020 Peach and nectarine yields are expected to decline by 15%, compared to 2019. The main stone fruit growing countries in the EU expect 3.4 million tons of these fruits. This expected decline is due to the unfavorable spring weather conditions. There's also a continued decrease in planted acreage. According to the forecast, the planted area should fall to 216,550 ha this year.
Near the beginning of a new harvest, avocado producers in Chile are facing a challenging factor: the drought and the water deficit that occurs in various regions of the country. “In some parts there are no avocados or less plantations. Without going any further, avocado plantations reduced their production by 30%, from 245,000 tons in the 2016-2017 harvest to 168,000 in the 2019-2020 harvest".
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