A cool September meant a lot of Washington’s Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were still hanging when early freezes hit in early October, creating widespread harvest chaos and crop loss — at a time when the industry already faced an oversupply. Kevin Corliss, vice president of vineyards for Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, declined to put a number to the loss but called it one of the top-three weather-damage events in his career.
The Vetphage Pharmaceutical is working on precision biology and handling the Judicial use of antibiotics for livestock industry which otherwise leads to Multi-Billion dollar losses from bacterial infections. Bhushan Bhavsar, MD of Vetphage Pharmaceuticals talks to Prabodh Krishna of BW Businessworld on the Issues leading to huge losses in poultry as well as aquaculture trade.
Kenya plans to take insurance against droughts and floods amid changing weather patterns that are increasingly threatening the country’s food security. The country is set to restart paying premiums next month to the Africa Risk Capacity (ARC), an insurance agency of the African Union that helps member countries mitigate against natural calamities such as floods and drought.
With ten percent of last year’s potato crop still in the ground in Northern Ireland, some farmers have attempted make to use of recent good weather to try and salvage them. However, the sudden onslaught of Storm Ciara has knocked any chances of getting all the crop rescued this week into touch, according to growers.
Cautioning the current dependence on chemical pesticides is harming the environment, scientists are calling for innovation, including the use of genetic engineering, to find a sustainable, long-term solution to the plague of destructive locust pests. “Something we can think about is genetically engineering the biological control agents to be more effective against the desert locusts,” Dr. Michael Osae said.
Extreme weather appears to have become “normal.” Actually, maybe the last 50 years (1960-2010) may have been “abnormal” when you look at long-term climate records. What is considered extreme weather today was more normal several hundred years ago. What should we expect and how can we adapt in the future?
Crops and vegetables worth Rs 1 mln (€13,000) were destroyed under the feet of a marauding herd of elephants at Bhushunda village under the Shergarh block in the Ganjam district in the wee hours of Monday. According to the farmers, a herd of 14 elephants unleashed a reign of terror at Bhushunda village throughout Monday night.
Multiple farm agencies and organizations are coming together to assist sugar beet growers with getting 2020s crop in the ground. The Nebraska Extension is hosting a workshop on Whole-Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP) insurance policies tomorrow (Feb. 13) at 9 a.m. at the UNL Panhandle Research and Ext Center in Scottsbluff.
Rezatec, a leading provider of geospatial data analytics, has launched a free smartphone app that acts as a portal for farmers to record their agricultural activities and provides recommendations for optimal sowing and irrigation scheduling. Based on preliminary results from the experimental stations, the app has demonstrated the potential to increase wheat yields by up to 12%.
Mt Kenya region is expected to suffer from its staple maize shortage following excessive rains that continue to pound the country, delaying harvesting and triggering aflatoxin contamination, several county ministers of agriculture have said. In Kirinyaga, Embu, Nyandarua, Murang’a and Meru, maize is yet to be harvested as farmers await rains to ease, but that appears not to be happening.
Lashed by heavy rains and plagued with monkey attacks this season, coconut plantations in Goa have faced a crop loss, owing to which there is a shortage of the nuts in the local market, experts said. "Owing to the heavy rains last year, the flowering and fruiting of the crop has been affected, hitting coconut production.
About 63.99 lakh hectares of farmland have been affected by floods in 15 states, while 7.91 lakh hectares of agriculture land has been hit by drought in two states so far in the ongoing 2019-20 crop year (July-June), union minister Narendra Singh Tomar said. "There have been extreme weather events in the recent past including extended dry period, flood, hailstorm, cyclonic rains and wind, etc.
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