The season for haskap berries is still a few months away, but already some growers are worried for a repeat of last season. Not only was the season super-short, but a percentage of the crops were also damaged by severe spring frosts. The new haskap season will hopefully be a bit longer than the previous one.
African swine fever (ASF) has been found in wild boars in the west of Poland, just 70km from the German border, representing a 300km leap westwards. The State Veterinary Institute in Pulawy confirmed two cases in dead wild boars in the Lubuskie province in the Nowa Sol county. Further dead wild boar have been discovered in the vicinity, prompting concerns that more cases are likely to be confirmed.
The Polish government has decided to set up an aid programme for farmers who suffered damage in 2019 as a result of drought, storms, hail, heavy rainfall, spring frost or floods. This was announced by the NFO. Business owners have a right to a subsidy if the damage on the plot concerned was at least 30%.
This year's weather has caused severe losses to fruit producers. According to preliminary estimates, the production will be up to 30% lower than usual due to the impact of spring frosts, dry weather, heavy rainfall and floods. This will affect fruit prices, especially in the case of sweet cherries, sour cherries and apples.
For some of the Polish apple farmers, the season is setting up to be a disaster. After two periods of heavy frost preceded by a dry period with hardly any rain, large chunks of the apple crops have been destroyed. Although the produce is already considered an actual apple, the fruit has dropped from the tree too early and is not suited for consumption.
Frequent rain and cooler temperatures are keeping many Wisconsin farmers out of their fields this spring. The latest crop progress report from the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) shows only 7 percent of the state's corn crop has been planted. That's eight days behind the five-year average.
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