Fruit growers across Indiana are inspecting their crops for damage today after Tuesday’s snow and cold brought an unwelcome sight to their orchards. The National Weather Service in Indianapolis says the temperature dipped to a record low of 27 degrees overnight at Indianapolis International Airport.
It was a wet summer for Westlock farmer John Guelly. One day in August 2013, on a routine inspection of his field, he got a sinking feeling. Some of his crop had drowned in puddles in the soil. He checked further into the field and noticed even more of his crops had died. “I, for whatever reason, just started pulling plants and as I pulled I found what I thought was clubroot,” Guelly said.
On Saturday, April 17th, the French prime minister announced the creation of an “exceptional solidarity fund” of 1 billion euros [1.20 billion USD] for the farmers affected by the frost. “The government must provide assistance in face of this disaster. The exceptional situation calls for exceptional measures.
That heat shock or heat injury has adversely affected standing paddy on 28,123 hectares of cropland in 36 districts, completely destroying the crop on 10,298 hectares is alarming news. It is concerning on two counts: first, this will result in 0.10 million tonne less than the target boro production; and second, this augurs ill for the country's agriculture in the future.
Frost-sensitive crops, especially bulbs and tubers, are now safe. Optimal leaf and product growth are unimpaired even in case of frost, because Arrigoni, an international leader in the production of technical textiles for agriculture, has developed Arricover, the bioclimatic screen that provides effective protection against adverse weather conditions.
After this hailstorm event occurred, insurance and reinsurance industry loss reporting agency PERILS AG decided not to provide an industry loss estimate for it, as the firms initial discussions with the market suggested that losses would not rise high enough to surpass the A$500 million loss reporting threshold PERILS has set in Australia.
Agricultural damage caused by the onslaught of typhoon Bising is initially estimated at P45.93 million, the Department of Agriculture (DA) reported. In a bulletin on Tuesday afternoon, the department said 3,009 metric tons (MT) worth of production was lost with 765 farmers affected in the Bicol and Eastern Visayas Regions.
The spring's early Spanish potato season has started about ten days early this year, although rainfall in the growing areas this week is slowing down the harvest, which will lead to a drop in the supply until the end of April. "Although we have been supplying some limited quantities of Spanish potatoes from Andalusia and Murcia to some of our customers since January, we have recently started the spring's new potato campaign.
95% of the Aragonese truffle is produced in the province of Teruel. The black truffle (Tuber melanosporum) is considered one of the most exquisite products in the world, and Aragon is its largest producer and exporter in the world. This autonomous community has some 10,000 hectares of truffle plantations.
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