Winter Storm Uri caused at least $600 million in agricultural losses across Texas, according to preliminary data from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agricultural economists. “A large number of Texas farmers, ranchers and others involved in commercial agriculture and agricultural production were seriously affected by Winter Storm Uri,” said Jeff Hyde, AgriLife Extension director, Bryan-College Station.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture reminds rural communities, farmers and ranchers, families and small businesses affected by the recent winter storms that USDA has programs that provide assistance. USDA staff in the regional, state and county offices are prepared with a variety of program flexibilities and other assistance to residents, agricultural producers and impacted communities.
Crop damage caused by Tropical Depression Auring (international name: Dujuan) was estimated at P21.56 million by the Department of Agriculture (DA). In a Tuesday bulletin, the DA said 1,756 hectares of farmland and 240 farmers were affected by Tropical Depression Auring. Affected commodities include rice, corn, high-value crops, livestock and fisheries.
Supplies of coconuts are slim and will continue to be so for some time. “There’s been a general shortage going on for quite awhile out of the Dominican Republic. This is the result of weather events that happened over the previous two years—there have been a few occasions where they’ve had heavy damage to trees and infrastructure from hurricanes and tropical storms.
Californian growers, although possibly disappointed by the delayed harvest, welcomed another round of heavy rain and fresh powder to pad the snowpack. Some Valley citrus growers rushed to pick ripe fruit off the tree before the arrival of the powerful storm. Still, it is a waiting game for many other farmers who continued to watch heavy rain flood their fields and groves.
Tropical cyclone Eloise made landfall in Beira, Mozambique on Friday with category 1 strength; the area is till recovering from Cyclone Idai. In South Africa, where the weather service had issued red alerts, fruit growers across the northeastern parts of the country are relieved that tropical storm Eloise didn't live up to fears of high winds and fruit fall.
North Queensland residents are making their final preparations as category two Tropical Cyclone Kimi is set to make landfall. The warning zone extends from Innisfail to Ayr, including Lucinda, Palm Island and Townsville, with the system 30 kilometres east-south-east of Cairns and 195 kilometres north of Townsville.
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