The map of cumulative precipitations from mid-June to mid-July 2012 shows different conditions over Ukraine. The level of precipitation at Western and Northern parts of the country is close to the normal conditions (from 45mm). In comparison, South and East of Ukraine during the same period had a very a few precipitations (sometimes below 8mm).
Using technology to cool the planet may be the only way to deal with the greenhouse gases already in the atmosphere, argues scientist David Keith. Geoengineering—using technology to purposefully change the climate—is the only option for reducing the risk of climate change from greenhouse-gas emissions in the next few decades, says David Keith, a professor […]
Managing crop revenue risk is of critical importance for financial success by agricultural producers and a central theme of many government commodity and insurance programs. Debate surrounding the farm bill for example, includes various programs intended to limit revenue variability that arises from low crop prices, production declines as might happen under a drought, and so forth.
An issue of disagreement during the 2012 Farm Bill debate is whether the farm safety net should focus on revenue or price. Until the ACRE program was enacted in the 2008 Farm Bill, farm programs focused on price. This article compares price and revenue programs, focusing on the key role played by the correlation between changes in price and changes in yield.
What will be your 2013 cropping plan? Continuous corn, unless you have had all the fun you can stand? Two-thirds corn and one-third beans? A 50-50 corn and soybean rotation? Or will you be willing to pencil out the potential profits from some double-crop wheat and soybean acres? No money there, why would you want to do that?
Adapting technology originally developed to detect and identify aircraft, the tech company Raytheon has developed a device that delivers radar waves to stop crops from freezing. To test the Tempwave’s effectiveness at warming crops, Raytheon, working with a large citrus grower, Paramount Citrus, recently tested the Tempwave system on a quarter acre plot of naval […]
The combination of high temperatures and inadequate moisture has created severe stress in many corn fields. As dry weather continues, more corn fields are showing signs of moisture stress with leaf rolling evident during midday hours. In many stressed fields, soil moisture is available but it appears beyond reach of most corn roots.
World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) is an intergovernmental organisation. It was founded in 1924. Today 170 countries are the members of OIE. The OIE provides technical support to Member Countries requesting assistance with animal disease control and eradication operations, including diseases transmissible to humans.
There is no developed agricultural insurance program in Germany. The weather risks happen occasionally in the country and the government is currently considering options for agricultural insurance system. The government considers that the farmers should be responsible for their business. The insurance products currently offered at the market can provide effective protection against major natural perils.
Strategies to reduce income risk depend on the characteristics or risk and require a set of tools and instruments. The role for the government in risk management is to provide a sound business environment with competitive markets and clear regulations, to facilitate the development of market mechanisms and, when market fails, to provide instruments (in general from high levels of risks) according to reform principles.
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