Growers and University of Florida scientists are always concerned about flooding, as this can damage peach trees permanently and cause them to die. For instance: as a result of Hurricane Irma in 2017, a few hundred acres of Florida peaches were lost due to flooding. Flooding poses an issue for all crops, not just peaches. Beyond Florida, 20 million acres of farmland suffered losses nationwide due to floods in 2019.
The tea industry in Assam is apprehensive of losing 10-15% of the crop during March and April due to drought-like situations and hailstorms. "The industry had lost around 140 million kg of tea last year because of lockdown and inclement weather. We were hopeful of a fresh start this year but prospects look bleak because of the drought-like situation in Bengal and Assam," said Prabir Bhattacharjee.
Mediterranean fruit flies, an agricultural pest, have been modified in a lab experiment so more males are born than females, reducing their numbers. The experiments suggest that the modification could be developed for use in a range of other agricultural pest species, or insects that carry human diseases.
The promising results of a treatment used by citrus producers against the cotonet in Plana de Castellon offer a ray of hope in the fight against one of the main threats for the province's citrus sector. The treatment is based on a product that was originally used to correct zinc and manganese deficiencies in trees, Tecnokel, which is sprayed from the base of the tree to the beginning of the crown, combined with pyrethrin-based phytosanitary products.
The cherry harvest in the Gard department should have been starting in the coming days, but the recent frost has destroyed nearly 80% of the harvest. Guillaume Galoppini, producer in Bellegarde, does not know yet if he qualifies for the aid announced last Saturday. “It makes me want to quit completely.”
In Corsica, the kiwi crops have not been spared by the cold. For Pascal Fazi, who has been growing nearly 5 hectares of kiwis since 2015, the frost has caused significant damage. Kiwis normally like the cold, but the young shoots are literally burned. “The more rustic kiwi fruit can withstand very cold, even negative temperatures when it is winter.
One of France's biggest export industries is facing a devastating blow after an unusually severe frost earlier this month damaged vineyards across the country. The frost has affected 80% of vineyards in France's primary wine growing areas, according to the European Committee of Wine Companies. Winemakers tried to keep air temperatures up by lighting candles and braziers in their vineyards, but in many cases it was not enough to protect their budding vines.
The Andean Community's (CAN) Andean Technical Committee for Agricultural Health held an emergency meeting to coordinate actions to prevent the spread of the Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubenseTropical Race 4 pest in the region after Peru declared a national phytosanitary on April 11 because they had detected the presence of this pest on a farm in Piura.
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