There would hardly be a farmer in the country that would ever begrudge a drop of rain, but with crops ready to harvest and paddocks waiting to be sown, many have been battling to dodge the bog holes in their paddocks. Plenty of soggy sagas and bogged banter are being shared on social media after much of inland New South Wales received generous autumn rain of more than 500 millimetres in some areas.
In mid-May, San Joaquin County cherry orchards got a rehash of last year's disastrous late-season rains, but this time the damage appears far more limited. "It's pretty spotty in terms of where there's damage, but it's not widespread," said Tim Pelican, the San Joaquin County agricultural commissioner.
Intense or recurrent rainfall creates the potential for damage from ponding, saturated soils, and flooding for corn and soybean crops, says Bill Wiebold, University of Missouri Extension agronomist. Some parts of southern Missouri have received 25 to 30 inches of precipitation since the beginning of the year, says MU Extension climatologist Pat Guinan.
According to agricultural meteorologist Johan van Den Berg, severe drought conditions still dominate large parts of the Northern Cape, and were prevalent in “smaller patches” of the Eastern Cape. “Some rainfall occurred in February in parts of the Northern Cape, but it was very patchy and very little follow-up rain occurred.
Already shattered by the current lockdowns, the West Bengal mango trade is about to have another jolt of devastation due to approaching super cyclone Amphan. After the landfall near Kolkata, Amphan is predicted to swipe over Bengal's main mango zones in South 24 Paraganah, Murshidabad or Malda by Thursday afternoon.
Tasmanian potato growers, who produce the bulk of Australia's French fries, are having a disastrous harvest. Months of wet weather is making it impossible to get onto paddocks in parts of the state. Waterlogged potatoes, destined for French fries, have been left to rot. Those farmers and contractors that are persevering are getting machinery bogged and are running into storage problems.
The scorching heat of the initial summer weeks and the heavy rainfall which has since then steadily lashed Kerala are taking its toll on the farm sector, which is already reeling under the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. While a detailed assessment of the damage in terms of monetary loss and area-wise impact is still in progress, preliminary data from the districts reveal crop loss in over 30,800 hectares, affecting 1.28 lakh farmers in 14 districts between March 1 and May 12.
The sharp decline in the price of the Nendran variety of plantain following the lockdown coupled with widespread damage to the crop in the summer rain have put farmers in Wayanad district in a fix. The price of the Nendran variety at the Sulthan Bathery market was ₹20 a kg on Thursday as against ₹43 a kg during the corresponding period last year.
Brazilian corn farmers hoping for relief from drought were disappointed by weaker than expected rains this week, while frost expected in the state of Parana could bring further losses, weather forecasters said. Much of the center-south of Brazil received below average rains in the past 30 days, a critical period for growing the country's second annual crop of corn that accounts for about three-quarters of the country's output, they said.
Heavy rains, accompanied by strong winds, have damaged banana crop plantations in the Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh. The banana growers were already facing a crisis, not being able to sell their produce due to the nationwide lockdown coronavirus. Around 100 acres of banana plantations were damaged in the Anantapur district.
Minister for Agriculture Kurasala Kannababu has assured a helping hand from the State government to the farmers who suffered losses due to unseasonal rain on Saturday. Taking stock of the losses sustained during the unseasonal rains during a review meeting with officials concerned, the minister said Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has taken note of the situation and details of the crop loss were informed to him.
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