With record precipitation across much of the Midwest in 2019, many fields went unplanted. Fields that were in a prevent plant situation last year may be at risk of a fallow syndrome in 2020. When managing fields prone to the fallow syndrome, a low rate of “pop up” starter fertilizer is the best management strategy.
In 2014, water quality issues in Northwest Ohio were brought to the forefront. For over 70 years, the Wood Soil and Water Conservation District has worked with local farmers to improve their farmland while protecting our natural resources. Many of those efforts are currently aimed at reducing soil loss and keeping phosphorous out of our ditches, river and Lake Erie.
"We may escape coronavirus but not the impact of the other disaster (unseasonal rains and hailstorms) which struck us last week," said Subhash Chaudhary, who, like other farmers in the north, suffered heavy damage to standing crops on Saturday even as 31 districts of Uttar Pradesh faced the wrath of the weather this month.
The brown marmorated stink bug infestation is a dramatic problem in northern Italy. In March 2020, the government declared a state of disaster for the Lombardy, Friuli Venezia Giulia, and Emilia Romagna regions. Checks are still being carried out in other regions, so other territories might be added to the list.
French farmers again made little progress in spring barley sowing last week, data from farm office FranceAgriMer showed, as heavy rain continued to drench fields in the European Union's biggest grain producer. Spring barley sowing was 34% complete by Monday, up only marginally from 33% a week earlier and 32% two weeks ago, FranceAgriMer's cereal crop data showed.
Rabi crops have faced the brunt of above normal rains this month in India with commodities including wheat, mustard, chickpeas and potato affected by over 60% precipitation in north-western and central India. The inclement weather has caused crop loss in wheat, mustard and chickpea besides affecting the harvesting of potato.
Indian farmers have reported massive crop damage in transit in addition to huge quantity of the potato left unharvested due to muddy fields. In some places, potato prices have jumped by 25 per cent in a month due to crop damage and frequent hailstorms in major cultivating regions. The price currently stands at double than its quote around the same time last year.
Marie-Claude Bibeau, Canadian Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, spoke to growers from across the country at the Canadian Horticultural Council AGM in Ottawa and announced a federal investment of over $2.3 million to support the Canadian Horticultural Council's research into managing the Potato Early Dying (PED) disease.
Soybean output for Argentina -- the world's third-largest soy producer and exporter -- is forecast to be at 52 million tons, down 4.6% on February estimates and 6% year on year, in 2019-20 crop year (November-October), on dry conditions in Córdoba and Santa Fe, a Buenos Aires Grains Exchange report said on Thursday.
It was once a lucrative crop, but several disappointing years have left sugar beet farmers in a tough spot. “There’s a lot of concern out there. Many farmers are wondering if they can afford to grow the beets,” said Kurt Dobbs, an agronomist. For the past couple of years, the weather hasn’t cooperated and many growers produced beets at a loss.
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