UK - In a 15-day period 14 nights spent protecting the crops from frost

The last couple weeks has seen extensive frost damage across crops in Europe, this cold weather was also felt further north in Scotland. Matthew McIntyre grows soft fruit and cherries in Perthshire, the farm boasts some of the latest cherry production in the Northern Hemisphere. “In a 15-day period we spent 14 nights out protecting the crops from frost,” said Matthew. “Normally we would be out 3-5 times over the whole season. Temperatures got down as low -5 to -6 where the raspberries are grown and -3 to-5 in the cherry orchards. The low temperatures are not unusual here but having low temperatures for such a prolonged period is unusual. We are lucky that most of our cherries are grown on higher ground to make then later, low lying areas were more affected.” Matthew said they can easily deal with radiation frost - sunny days with cold nights - but this cold spell was brought by cold air coming down from the north which is much more difficult to handle. “We also had 40 mph winds to deal with, this makes it particularly difficult as the Frost Buster does not work as well in the wind.” Matthew said they have managed to limit the damage, the worst affected cherry areas have around 20% damage, there is also damage to the raspberry crop, but the strawberries look ok. “It was certainly a nerve wracking time, but we got off lightly compared to some European growers. We are expecting more low temperatures this week so we will be on alert again.” Source -

India - Farmers facing repeated crop loss look forward to govt’s aid scheme

For years, farmers in southwest Delhi’s Rawta village have had to contend with their farmlands turning into waterbodies during monsoon due to the Najafgarh drain that passes through nearby Gurugram overflowing.


Europe - Fruit harvest slightly down

Global fruit production amounted to around 883.4 million tons in 2019, an increase of around 1.4% on the previous year. While Europe recorded declining yields of - 8.7%, Asia further expanded its supremacy as the world's largest fruit producer with a 2.6% growth. 


India - Rains likely to cause damage to basmati crop in Punjab

Rains lashing several parts of Punjab are likely to cause damage to crops especially basmati paddy at various places in the state, officials said on Sunday. Paddy harvesting is also likely to be delayed because of rains, they further said.


Spain - Malaga's tropical sector united to demand an emergency solution to the lack of water

Axarquia's countryside, the largest avocado and mango producing area in Europe, is on a war footing after years of asking institutions for hydraulic infrastructure solutions. The main players in the sector - farmers, irrigators, producers, and marketers - are not willing to keep on waiting idly by.


India - Early snow & rain damage apple crop, trees in Kashmir

Early snowfall and untimely rain across Jammu and Kashmir has damaged the apple crop and plants. Reports of damage to the fruit crop and trees have been received from the main apple-growing Sopore, Pulwama, Shopian and other areas of Kashmir.


Spain - The introduction of perennial plants among rainfed almond trees helps to mitigate climate change

Agriculture and the change in soil use produce 23% of the total emissions of greenhouse gases of anthropogenic origin. Moreover, the expansion and intensification of agriculture are considered determining factors in soil loss and degradation by accelerating erosion rates and favouring the loss of organic matter and nutrients.


Sri Lanka - Tea under threat from pests, fungal outbreaks, weeds due to agro-chemical ban

Sri Lanka’s tea crop could fall sharply from weeds, outbreaks by pests and fungus due to an agro-chemical ban adding to problems from fertilizer, an industry official said. Without herbicides soil erosion worsens and fertility is also lost, Roshan Rajadurai, spokesman for the Planters’ Association representing farm mangers said in a statement.


“Extreme” drought affecting agricultural lands in the Northern Great Plains

Decades of drought across the U.S. Southwest has led some scientists to classify the intense, prolonged dryness as a “megadrought.” But drought in North America took a different shape in 2021, affecting areas that do not face long-term or intense drought as often.