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.
NFO reports that last weekend nights were uncommonly cold. Temperatures remained just above freezing in most places in the Netherlands, although some places also saw a little frost. Some irrigation occurred, but most growers didn’t have to get out of bed. The cold weather caused quite a few more worries for fruit growers in Italy and Poland.
Freezing temperatures in Poland have resulted in damaged crops. Although the extent of the damage is still unknown, it is certain the Polish farmers will lose some of the produce. The frost has effected apples and all kinds of soft fruit. It will take a couple of months to fully understand the consequences of the unfortunate weather conditions.
A regular blueberry season may no longer be a thing in Poland, as the seasons seem to be shifting as a result of climate change. This is a challenge that must be faced, along with increasing costs and a decreasing availability of labor. For the Polish Berry Cooperative, it seemed as if the blueberry season was everything but normal. Dominika Korarzewska claims climate change had an effect: “The season started really early, about three to four weeks earlier than it normal does.
The Polish Ministry of Agriculture announced that farmers will be eligible to receive PLN 1.5 billion ($410 million) in financial support to offset losses from the 2018 drought. Most areas experienced hot and dry conditions from April through mid-June 2018, although some areas of western Poland experienced drought conditions through September. Over 200,000 Polish farms on 3.5 million hectares were negatively affected.
An extraordinary destruction of forests as a result of devastating storms on August 12 in Chojnicki, Poland. According to current estimates, 7 million cubic meters of trees were damaged or felled by hurricane wind gust. Hundreds of thousands of hectares of forest have been destroyed. It's an unprecedented scale of destruction. In 2002 2.5 million cubic meters of trees were destroyed in the forest area of Puszcza Piska.
It appears that Polish cherry growers have been hit hardest by the freezing temperatures and frost that hit Poland on April 16-17 and again during the night of May 9-10. First estimates are that 90% of the sweet cherry crop has been damaged and 80% of the regular cherries. "We can expect higher prices and a higher share of export fruit. Losses to apples have been large, but cherries have been the hardest hit.
According to the Dutch grower advisory firm, Fruit Advies, current estimates are that 2017 production could be down by almost half compared to last year, with at 2.5 million tonnes in 2017, compared to 4.4 million tonnes in 2016. A Polish exporter confirmed this morning that he suspects that apples losses could be up to 50% and up to 80% in some regions around Warsaw.
Cherry and soft fruit producers, such as raspberries, red currant and strawberries, are being hit hardest by the recent freezing weather in Poland. Initial estimates are that sweet cherry producers could have up to 70-80% losses, blueberries producers 15-20% losses this year. Jan Nowakowski from Genesis Fresh said that, in terms of apple losses, it will take another five to six weeks before we know for sure.
PwC has established a global drone centre in Poland to help clients solve their business challenges PwC established the global centre of excellence, named Drone Powered Solutions, to focus on the use of drone technology and data analytics in business. According to a study by the firm, the emerging global market for business services using drones is valued at over $127bn. This is the value of current business services and labour that are likely to be replaced in the very near future by drone-powered solutions, according to PwC predictions.
More than 341 million złoty (over 80 million Euro) is going to growers affected by this year's drought. Aid has also been granted to blackcurrant growers in compensation for the losses incurred due to the low prices of this fruit. According to the Agency for Restructuring and Modernisation of Agriculture (ARMA), the 341.6 million złoty allocated will go to more than 143 thousand growers.
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