The skies turned dark over parts of Punjab and Haryana on Monday morning with some areas experiencing light rainfall accompanied by strong winds. Darkness descended over Chandigarh and adjoining towns of Panchkula and Mohali, in Haryana and Punjab, respectively, around 8 a.m. The weather continued like this for nearly two hours.
Heavy rain accompanied by hailstorm damaged the standing Rabi crops in Sitamarhi, Darbhanga, Madhubani, Muzaffarpur and other parts of north Bihar late on Sunday night. Heavy rain and hailstorm flattened crops in various parts of the region while the harvest of wheat, mustard and other Rabi crops is barely a week away.
Abundant showers in most of Ivory Coast’s cocoa regions last week augured well for the April-to-September mid-crop, farmers said on Monday, despite concerns over below-average rainfall in the centre of the country. Ivory Coast, the world’s top cocoa producer, is entering the rainy season, which runs from mid March to late October.
Given the forecasts of heavy rains for March, the banana producers, mainly based in the Chira valley, fear for their production, so they are asking the authorities to protect the sustainability of the economic activities. The vice president of the Banana Technical Board, Marcia Herrera, pointed out that the sector is now leaving behind the problems caused by the transporters' strike, but now it will have to face the consequences of the rains.
Rodney Helton stood in a cotton field in Atmore, Ala., just over the Florida state line, with puddles of wet, mushy soil and water gathering over his dirty boots. He reached out and plucked a sopping wet cotton boll off of a brown, rotting stem and held it between his fingers, shaking his head. “See this?” he said, peeling the wet cotton apart like an orange. “That’s not how it’s supposed to be. It’s supposed to be fluffy, it’s cotton. That’s no good. No good.”
Hyderabad and most parts of Telangana have been witnessing prolonged spell of rainfall and thunderstorm for the last many days. These moderate to heavy showers were also accompanied with hailstorm and strong winds. Although rains across the state brought relief from scorching heat and paddy farmers but these unseasonal activities along with hailstorm has resulted in extensive crop damage, particularly for maize and mango.
The first days of 2019 will be marked by below-normal rainfall in Brazil’s main soybean producing areas, with farmers bracing for losses as December’s dry conditions and high temperatures continue to ruin fields. According to Refinitiv Eikon’s Agriculture Weather Dashboard data, rains will be below the historical average through Jan. 10 in five states including Mato Grosso do Sul, Mato Grosso, Goiás, Paraná and São Paulo.
Unseasonal rain and snowfall is the main reason for agriculture failing in Himachal Pradesh. “Hailstorms or torrential rains are usually destructive to our crops while snowfall is not,” said Uma Devi of Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh, when speaking to Mongabay-India. However, the post-monsoon heavy snowfall in Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Jammu and Kashmir, which came in two heavy spells in late September as well as early November 2018, were exceptions, and are now attributed to exacerbated climate change in the Himalayan region.
Farmers in Tarsus, a town based in the south Turkish city of Mersin, began harvesting their products in the fields damaged by heavy rains. As fields are flooded, farmers in Tarsus started an early harvest to salvage their products. Not only did the heavy rains flood the greenhouse lands, it also disrupted everyday life in town.
Following the heavy rain in the region last week, some Teviot Valley orchardists are reporting damage to about half of their early ripening cherry crop. Some market gardeners will have to freeze their early strawberries, rather than sell them fresh, because of rain damage. The heavy rain also caused ripe cherries to split, making them unsuitable for selling.
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