The deadly swine virus sweeping through eastern Asia, leading to the death of almost one million Chinese pigs, could potentially derail Australia’s pork sector if it infiltrates the nation’s borders, industry figures warn. African swine fever, a contagious viral disease lethal to pigs, continues to rattle the global market as it spreads across China, with about 950,000 pigs reportedly culled since about August last year.
Flooding has caused hundreds of millions of dollars of damage to Iranian agriculture, an official said on Thursday, as the parliament speaker questioned whether government funds would be adequate to compensate communities and farmers. About 1,900 cities and villages have been affected by floods and exceptionally heavy rains since March 19.
Resentment is brewing as Philippine govt fails yet again to address the plight of growers. It has been three years since the shooting of protesting farmers by policemen in the southern Philippine province of Cotabato.The farmers were demanding 15,000 sacks of rice and the immediate release of disaster funds to address an ongoing drought brought about by the El Nino phenomenon.
At this time of the year, people of Changrey in Trongsa will be busy transplanting chili sapling or harvesting barley. Not this year. A severe hailstorm on Tuesday, that lasted for about an hour, covered Changrey in Drakteng gewog in white, making it look like as if it snowed. The storm destroyed all the chili saplings, buckwheat, cardamom, maize, potatoes and oranges in the area. The farm road in the area was also affected. Every household in Changrey cultivated acres of chili and buckwheat.
The next 10 days will be dry in the central and western CornBelt, which is good for reducing the problem of excess water in the soil. 2010 and 2013 allow us to consider two scenarios for this year. In 2013, high soil moisture associated with low temperatures led on May 10 to corn planting delays of about 40 percent points compared to averages (28% vs. 65% on average).
The rise in temperature levels, which is a part of the climate change phenomenon, is affecting agricultural yield in a more direct way than observed previously, and is set to play a significant role in the coming days. Experts from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences and the Indian Statistical Institute (ISI), who studied four major crops in Karnataka, have found that the yields were consistently and “significantly low” in cropping seasons ...
The Black Hawk military helicopter flew over Iowa, giving a senior U.S. agriculture official and U.S. senator an eyeful of the flood damage below, where yellow corn from ruptured metal silos spilled out into the muddy water. And there’s nothing the U.S. government can do about the millions of bushels of damaged crops here under current laws or disaster-aid programs, U.S. Agriculture Under Secretary Bill Northey told a Reuters reporter who joined the flight.
North West residents are facing the prospect of one more late season cyclone two weeks after ex-severe tropical cyclone Veronica caused widespread flooding and thousands of cattle deaths across the Pilbara coast. The Bureau of Meteorology has advised a tropical low forming off the Northern Territory coast has up to a 50 per cent chance intensifying this weekend as it moves west into Kimberley waters.
Coccidiosis may produce symptoms in calves three weeks to one year old, but it can infect all age groups. North Dakota cattle producers have been losing young calves to coccidiosis this spring, according to Gerald Stokka, North Dakota State University Extension veterinarian and livestock stewardship specialist.
The morning after a devastating blaze on his Upper Bern Township egg farm, Linford Snyder walked up to the smoking pile of crumbled sheet metal stretching nearly 600 feet and gave not a hint of a complaint. The Tuesday night blaze collapsed one of the three parallel hen houses on A&L Farms, 3304 Mountain Road, killing all 28,000 chickens inside and as many as 10,000 birds in the adjacent facility, he said.
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