USA - Spring freeze decimates some of KC area crop

Dozens of people stood in line at Sunflower Orchards’ booth at the Overland Park Farmers’ Market, waiting to buy peaches and blackberries. But those who didn’t get in line early enough Saturday morning lost their chance for the peaches. “We should’ve got them when we saw them, but when we came back around, because we didn’t want to carry them around, they were gone,” said Zita Attebury of Rockport, Texas, who normally enjoys Kansas City-area peaches in the summer. Sunflower Orchards ran out before 10:30 a.m. — almost three hours before the market would close for the day — because, like many orchards in the area, much of its crop was lost in an April freeze. Sunflower Orchards lost about half of its crop, owner Lance Hall said. “In a normal year, we would have peaches right up to the end of the market,” Hall said. Hall brought less than a truckload of peaches to the market last week when he’d normally bring two. “If you have homegrown peaches, they’re in demand,” Hall said. Tubby Fruits Peach Orchard near Belton lost about 95% of its peach crop, said owner Mark Angermayer. “It’s 90% of our revenue,” he said. “It hurts bad.”
Angermayer said he knew the crop was in trouble when temperatures dropped to 26 degrees April 10. Three days later, the orchard had a cold morning at 28 degrees. Peach buds form in the spring and can normally withstand temperatures as low as about 30 degrees, but anything below that for an extended time can freeze the water inside the bloom, killing the fruit. About a week after those two cold days, the buds turned brown and started to fall off the trees. “Sure enough, it just wiped out almost the whole crop,” Angermayer said. Tubby’s is relatively small with 500 trees, but peaches are its main crop and biggest draw. Angermayer said he hasn’t experienced a freeze like this since 2007. “One out of 10 years is a goose egg year like this. It’s not a complete goose egg year, but I’m calling it a goose egg,” Angermayer said. Schweizer Orchards outside St. Joseph also lost much of its peach crop. “It’s not completely gone, but it’s down and it hurts,” Cory Schweizer said. The orchard also sells vegetables and apples, which are all perfectly fine. “Just the peaches got hurt because they bloom a little earlier than everything else,” Schweizer said. To avoid crowds during the coronavirus pandemic, the orchard won’t have its usual U-pick fruits and vegetables, he said. Employees will pick the produce themselves, but customers can buy the harvest at the orchard’s store. Schweizer said they’ll still have peaches for sale, but they just won’t all be homegrown. “We’re still going to have peaches no matter what — and as local as we can get,” Schweizer said. This year’s freeze also hurt nearby states including Arkansas and Tennessee. But orchards along the Missouri River, including Peters Orchards and Market near Waverly, didn’t have as much freeze damage. The orchard has 10 to 15 acres of peaches, and sells nine varieties of yellow peaches and one variety of white at its roadside market. The river “does give us a natural frost protection and helps during those cold periods,” said co-owner Paul Peters. But he said his peaches are ripening seven to 10 days later than they normally would. Some farmers who have lost their crops have had to turn to other options. Angermayer is focusing on the other 10% of his business at Tubby’s: blackberries, apples and sweet corn, which, he said, people have turned out to buy. “This is one of those years where at the end of the year I’ll actually not only show a loss, but it’ll be a real loss,” Angermayer said. Source -

Europe - Around 66,000 ha damaged - 23 million euros in damages


While Vereinigte Hagelversicherung VVaG reported 30,000 hectares damaged just a few days ago, this figure has more than doubled within a few days. A good 66,000 hectares were registered for regulation from June 18 to 25. This is due to so-called supercells, which came from France through Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria to Austria and the Czech Republic, causing hailstorms over a length of several hundred kilometers. Local heavy rainfall with enormous amounts of rain from so-called "water bombs" and hailstones the size of tennis balls caused damage to almost all crops, often with total losses. On June 22 and again on June 24, the damage area stretched from Lake Starnberg via Munich to Passau. In Baden-Württemberg, the Neckar-Alb region was hardest hit on June 21 and, just two days later, the strip from Freiburg via Reutlingen to Esslingen. A locally intense area of damage extended along the North Sea coast in the Groningen-Norden-Aurich triangle on both the Dutch and German sides of the border. In addition, abroad, the polder areas on the IJsselmeer and the Baltic region were particularly affected. After the first surveys, Vereinigte Hagel now expects damage of about 20 to 23 million euros, a doubling compared to the beginning of last week. Supercells and what they are about - currently no end in sight The background to the now considerably higher damage figures are so-called supercells, which have a much higher damage potential than ordinary thunderstorms due to their rotation and longevity. "Their most important feature is the so-called "mesocyclone," a powerful rotating updraft. It creates a negative pressure on the ground so that, like a vacuum cleaner, warm and energetic air can be constantly sucked in at the ground and reach the upper edge of the troposphere (above 10 km altitude). There the warm air is sucked in and there is also the danger of possible tornadoes. Subsequently, in the area of the sinking cold air, it is not uncommon for extreme downbursts to reach the hurricane range. Over time, supercells develop a momentum of their own that prevents the sinking cold air (as compensation for the rising warm air) from entering the warm air area. Thus, the mesocyclone is fed with warm air for several hours. Due to the longevity and massive power of the rotating updraft, hailstones can be flung into the air several times, growing into large hailstones. From Monday through Thursday, conditions in southern Germany were ideal for these rotating monsters. A warm and humid air mass was stored in the lower atmosphere, so to speak the fuel for the engine of the rotating mesocyclones. In addition, the wind near the ground came from an easterly to northeasterly direction (which favored suction), veered nearly 180° to the southwest up to an altitude of about 5 kilometers, and increased significantly. In short, there was sufficient directional and velocity shear. This is a basic requirement for the formation of rotation in the updraft region and helps to prevent the sinking cold air from reaching the front of the thunderstorm cell." And it's set to continue. The DWD forecasts heavy thunderstorms in the south and southwest of Germany on Monday evening, as well as on Tuesday. Experts prepared for this, because in June or July such weather phenomena are not uncommon, as Vereinigte Hagel knows from almost 200 years of experience. Source -


India - Crop loss imminent as IMD rules out rainfall till August-end in Odisha

With the India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Tuesday ruling out the possibility of any significant rainfall in the State till the end of August, drought seems to have become imminent. IMD Director General Mrutyunjay Mohapatra told media persons that 27 districts of the State have received 33 per cent less than the normal rainfall from June to August and deficit rainfall in August was 55 per cent. 


Germany - 2021 wheat crop to fall 3.6% after adverse weather

Germany's 2021 wheat crop of all types is expected to fall 3.6% on the year to 21.37 million tonnes after poor weather, according to estimates released by the agriculture ministry on Wednesday. Crops suffered from swings in weather, with a cold spring followed by a hot, dry start to the summer and then unwelcome harvest-time rain and storms, the ministry said in preliminary forecasts for the 2021 harvest. 


Egypt - Weather has caused a reduction in the mango harvest

There’s still a few more months left in the Egyptian mango season, but the year has brought significant challenges. The weather resulted in 30% less production this year, and the heat could be a threat to other Egyptian produce as well. Demand has been solid, but the lower harvest has resulted in a price increase. 


USA - Severe weather destroys thousands of acres of crop in Fairbank

Thousands of acres of corn and soybean in Fairbank were destroyed Tuesday night after severe storms rolled through eastern Iowa. A clearer picture of the scale of destruction was made clear on Wednesday. Adrienna Olson with the Buchanan County Farm Service Agency says only a few reports from Fairbank and Hazelton Township have been reported. They include corn and soybean damage. 


USA - Heat bears down on California grapes

California grape growers continue to contend with heat and drought issues. “There is ample volume of red and green seedless. There will be some shortages though I imagine,” says Philippe Markarian of Fresno, CA-based Mirabella Farms. “We won’t see them at the moment but it will be on red and black seedless grapes. 


India - Farmers in Erode urged to insure crops for Kharif season

The district administration has asked the farmers in the district to insure crops under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (Prime Minister’s Crop Insurance Scheme) for Kharif season 2021 so that they can get relief for crop loss due to natural calamities, pest attack or disease outbreak in the current rabi season. 


Online Agroinsurance Conference to be held on October 4-5, 2021

Due to the concerns around health safety of conference participants and in accordance with the guidance from the Georgian health authorities, AgroInsurance is forced to reschedule Conference to year 2022. More detailed information about new dates and arrangements will be provided in February 2022. Notwithstanding another reschedule of the Conference, AgroInsurance is committed to conduct the online webinar with 2 sessions on October 4-5, 2021. 


Malaysia - Sarawak Disaster Management Committee to assist durian farmers

The Sarawak Disaster Management Committee is intent on working out a mechanism for durian farmers in areas under Covid-19 lockdown to bring out their fruits to the market. Its chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said he would discuss with the divisional health department to work out a suitable arrangement.