An unexpected winter storm is causing concern among local apple growers. A winter of warmth led flowers to bud early at local farms, but the sudden snow fall on Monday, April 4, has the potential to spoil an entire season of crops. Farmers say it is still too early to say whether the weather significantly damaged crops. Apple and blueberry crops are most at risk of damage, as those crops had just begun to bloom, and were thus most susceptible to the sudden temperature change.
Aon Benfield's catastrophe model development team, today launches the latest edition of its monthly Global Catastrophe Recap report, which evaluates the impact of the natural disaster events that occurred worldwide during March 2016. Aon Benfield is the global reinsurance intermediary and capital advisor of Aon plc (NYSE: AON). The report reveals that seven severe U.S. convective storm events impacted nearly every part of the country during the month, as more than 1,000 individual reports of tornadoes, damaging straight-line winds and hail were recorded by the Storm Prediction Center.
A roaring dust storm which struck banana plantations in Chitwan, Nepal on March 28, has caused devastation, with local farmers estimating over Rs 10 million in losses. “I planted banana plants on about nine bighas of land (1 bigha=about 6,772 m²), but the storm destroyed around 50 per cent of the plants. Similarly, farmers in places like Ratnanagar, Chainpur, Pithuwa and Padampur have also incurred huge losses due to the storm,” said Chitwan Banana Producers’ Association Chairperson Bishnuhari Pant.
The Society of Quinteros stated that the storm on Friday in Santa Fe's Fruit and Vegetable Belt caused major losses in production and affected the infrastructure used by producers. The Board of Directors of the organization is working and evaluating the consequences left by the storm, but estimates are the storm affected more than 90% of the hectares in production in the towns of Santa Fe, Recreo, Monte Vera and Arroyo Aguiar. Additionally, the storm damaged working capital, such as partial shades, greenhouses, etc.
Winter crops had a fantastic start last autumn, but a series of winter storms have caused significant losses, according to Teagasc’s latest crop update. It says an estimated 500ha has been lost from salt burn along the south coast while many fields have bare patches as a result of water-logging and reduced plant counts compared to 2015. Meanwhile, Teagasc says the current estimates for 2016 winter crops are: Wheat (60,000 ha) Barley (75,000 ha) Oats (12,000 ha) Rape (7,000 ha).
The damage to farmers across Israel due to the stormy conditions and frost from last week is upwards of 14 million shekels (just over $3.5 million). The number was reported by Kanat, the Insurance Fund for Natural Risks in Agriculture. Since Thursday, the insurance fund has received over 700 phone calls from farmers regarding damage to their property or crops that was caused by the storm. The majority of the damage was caused by frost that occurred in various parts of Israel, mainly in the south. According to Kanat, frost is the greatest threat to farmers, and without a government instituted insurance plan many farmers would go bankrupt in situations like this.
Growers in north west New South Wales are still to assess the full extent of damage to their dryland cotton crops after a super cell storm on Friday, but early reports indicate substantial losses. Significant damage has been reported in the Bellata and Millie areas, half way between Moree and Narrabri, with many crops expected to be written-off. Agronomist said he was working between Edgeroi and Bellata about 11am on Friday when the storm ripped through.
DESPITE a $50 million damage bill, the region's farmers have welcomed recent rainfalls which have gone some way to setting them up for a positive season. A fierce storm which tore through parts of the Darling Downs on Christmas Eve flattened crops and destroyed millions of dollars worth of infrastructure. AgForce grains president said insurance assessors and farmers had conservatively estimated the bill to be more than $50m.
The powerful storm that hit the Darling Downs last week has caused at least $50 million of damage to crops and farm infrastructure. AgForce grains president was among a group of advocates and government figures who inspected damaged properties yesterday and he said the damage was even more extensive than first thought. "Several hundred" properties were affected when the 'super cell' struck the night before Christmas Eve and 75 cotton farms were being assessed.
The storms that hit Henderson County in late October caused considerable flooding in the area, but the Farm Service Agency may be able to help. The FSA announced Monday applications for emergency farm loans for losses caused by severe storms, tornados, straight-line winds, and flooding that occurred between Oct. 22, through Oct. 31, are being accepted at the Farm Service Agency office located in Tyler as of Monday. The peak of the precipitation in Henderson County came on Oct. 24, when Athens recorded 10.38 inches of rain.
The thunderstorm that spawned the monster EF-3 tornado that walloped Pampa, Tex. Monday night lofted a corn stalk thousands of feet into the air where it was transformed into the nucleus or core for a deformed hailstone. The violent up and down vertical motions inside the storm added layer upon layer of ice around the corn until it became so heavy it crashed back to the ground.
Yesterday the growers started to inventory the damage done by the hail last Sunday night. 60 companies have now reported their damage to hail damage insurer OFH. All the reports are from top fruit growers and there may be a few more companies today who decide to report light hail damage to the OFH. The damage from hail manifests itself when the flesh of the fruit has been hit or a few days later through brown colourations and cork formation. This is why we are still waiting to start up appraisal work."
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