Due to the high temperatures, apple blossoms developed early this year, according to Jan Flemming Jensen of Kiviks Musteri. If there’s now a period of night frost, it could result in major losses and a bad harvest. The buds can handle up to five degrees of frost, but as soon as it develops into blossom, temperatures have to remain above zero.
With last month's blizzard not even 30 days into the past, cattle operations in the Panhandle and eastern Wyoming are taking steps to get ready for another potential bomb cyclone. “When it comes to winter protection, a lot of it starts way out in advance,” Jack Arterburn, UNL Beef Systems Extension educator for the northern Panhandle said.
Farmers in France and Germany have been forced to destroy over 20,000 hectares of oilseed rape crop after traces of a genetically modified (GM) variety that is not authorised for cultivation in Europe was found in Dekalb seed stocks. Bayer, who own the Dekalb brand, issued a product recall in the autumn but 18,000ha in France and 2150ha in Germany had already been drilled.
Farmers have been encouraged to reduce the risk of transmitted infectious diseases between dogs and livestock. As better weather sees an increase in dogs on farmland, farmers are being advised to review their insurance details. Spring not only sees the increase of work of farm dogs on farmland, it also sees more people using public rights of way to walk their dogs, and this can pose several risks to livestock.
Axis bank debited premium for cotton even though the farmers were cultivating guar. Approximately 135 Kisan Credit Card (KCC)-holding farmers in Nohar tehsil of Rajasthan’s Hanumangarh district have been denied insurance claims under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) for kharif 2017. Why? Apparently because Axis Bank debited insurance premiums for cotton crops – which they had not cultivated.
The crops of the Region of Murcia have suffered the consequences of the first spring frosts, after the minimum temperatures dropped as low as five degrees below zero between March 23 and 26, causing losses estimated at 14.7 million Euro. The most affected areas are those of the Altiplano, Alto Guadalentín, Vega Alta and Northwest, namely Jumilla, with 2,825 hectares, Lorca (1,530 ha), Caravaca (904), Yecla (850), Moratalla (716), Cehegín (584) and Bullas (229 hectares). However, damage has also been recorded in the Rio Mula county and other areas of the Region.
Rain accompanied with hailstorm on Monday have damaged the standing wheat crop in the district. The authorities said wheat crop on 63,000 hectares had been affected. District chief agriculture officer KR Banga said the reports of damage to crop were received from all over the district. The loss of yield would be more in areas where yet to be ripened crop was flattened due to hailstorm, he added. He said the Agriculture Department had started assessing the loss suffered by farmers.
USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) has announced that higher levels of coverage will be offered through the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP), a popular safety net program, beginning Monday, April 8. The 2018 Farm Bill also increased service fees and made other changes to the program, including service fee waivers for qualified military veterans interested in obtaining NAP coverage.
Northern Irish cattle farmers who are failing to test animals for Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) could be prosecuted in the latest government crackdown on untested herds. The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (Daera) has announced that tougher measures will be taken with farmers that are not complying with the 2016 BVD Eradication Scheme Order.
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