Just as forecast, frost hit central and northern Italy from Romagna to Piedmont and from Lombardy to Veneto. Temperatures dropped to zero degrees in many areas. A producer from Faenza, Daniele Peroni, reports his positive experience after using a wind turbine. "It covers 2.5 hectares. We monitored the temperature and, when it reached 0°C, we activated the turbine."
After facing a first wave of frost on Tuesday night, Thursday night the winegrowers used several protection systems to protect the vines from the severe cold. Some sprinkling devices were activated from 11pm. But more spectacular by far was the lighting of hundreds of small, oil-burning heaters across hectares of vines to limit the effects of the frost.
Many corn fields took a beating from hail associated with the storm on April 26-27. Fortunately, the critical growing point of young corn plants should be underground until plants reach the V6 growth stage or are more than 12” tall. Thus, corn younger than V6 has the physiological capability to completely recover from heavy defoliation.
Google, in collaboration with the Institute of World Resources and 40 other organizations, has developed a new project called Global Forest Watch, which provides view on tendency of forestlands decrease and increase worldwide. One can find on the project’s website photos from NASA satellites for the last 13 years of observations.
Excellent rainfall during 2013 across much of Oklahoma allowed drought-stressed pastures to rebound. These rainfall events in central and eastern parts of our state saw many ranchers rebuilding cattle numbers. While rebuilding, many producers have had to make decisions about bulls for the next breeding season. While doing so, herd health and reproductive disease have been major considerations in the context of what age and type of bulls are being purchased.
Small-scale farmers in developing countries can no longer absorb the negative impacts of climate threats within their traditional risk management strategy. One supplementary risk management instrument could be agricultural insurances. But they need to be tailored to the specific needs particularly of small-scale farmers, a great challenge for the insurance providers.
The Insurance companies can co-operate with insurers and use meteostation’s data for the risks control. The station allows getting weather information in the real-time regime for exact time determination of the risk event beginning, descriptions of risk and duration of influence on the insured crops or animals.
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