The onion market in Europe has gone through some difficult years. The record heat and drought in the summer of 2018 resulted in an enormous shortage at the beginning of last year. While the situation in large parts of the continent stabilised again this year, nature again put onion and vegetable cultivation in Ukraine to a hard test last year.
The fruit and berry harvest in Ukraine this season could fall by 25% compared with last year due to unfavorable weather conditions. Manufacturers complain of the rainy spring, dry summer, hail due to rapid temperature changes. There are still two months ahead, which, due to weather conditions, will be, like a lottery, for producers of pome crops.
Floods in the central regions of Serbia led to huge losses for farmers growing vegetables, fruits and berries. Due to bad weather, the supply of products has drastically reduced, and statements about the risk of losing 80% of the raspberry harvest, which initially was considered overstated, no longer seem too unrealistic.
The sudden unseasonal rainfall in the last week of February has dealt a serious blow to farmers in Barguna and Patuakhali. According to estimates by officials of Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE), the heavy rain has caused at least Tk 3.6 crore worth of damage to crops in the two districts.
Heavy rains coupled with high-speed wind that lashed different parts of Idukki district in the last four days caused extensive damage to standing crops in nearly 1.26 hectare, agriculture department officials said on Tuesday after preliminary estimates. Although the heavy rain brought a lot of respite to the people from scorching temperatures which had soared 38 degrees Celsius in several parts of the district, they also caused a lot of misery to the farmers by damaging crops which were almost for harvest.
Kyle Funseth said he has seen hail damage crops in his five years of farming, but nothing like the hail that pummeled his soybean crop Saturday near his home west of Hatton. "A storm of this size, especially with such a wide swath of hail, is very unusual," he said, adding hail is often localized. As a fifth-generation farmer, Funseth farms about 1,000 acres. Hail from Saturday hit almost all of his land, but the damage came in patches. Marble- to golf ball-sized hail damaged the 50 acres of soybeans near his house, leaving virtually nothing but stems.
Heavy rain on Saturday and Sunday night has brought cheer to farmers in Bidar district. Farmers, who waited for rain in the last six faming seasons, suffered crop losses and strived to rear cattle with scarce water and green grass, were relieved when most parts of the district received heavy rain for more than three hours on Saturday and Sunday night. As much as 8.6 mm rainfall was received on June 4 and 11.8 mm on June 5.
Official European crop watchers flagged the threat to Russian winter grain sowings from "scarce" rainfall, even as meteorologists forecast that most of the former Soviet Union was to remain largely dry for at least the rest of the month. Mars, the European Commission's agricultural meteorology division, said that, after a dry August and only "slight" improvement this month, "topsoils are dry", in southern Russia, which is responsible for growing much of the country's wheat for export.
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