USA - West Coast heat could trigger supply gaps

As spiked temperatures continue to hang over parts of the West Coast--some climbing over 100 degrees--growers are watching and assessing how the heat may affect their crops. At Duncan Family Farms, the main impacts of the heat on some of the organic crops it grows currently in Merrill, OR is the speeding up of growth on product which can affect quality if it grows too fast. “We’ve seen increased insect pressure and some slight discolorations on some of our products,” says Jesus Rodriquez, director of harvest for Duncan. Crop differences Rodriquez notes that while its mature products such as kale are weathering the heat well, other crops such as the baby tender leaf crops including arugula and mizuna are seeing those accelerated growth cycles due to the heat. Over at Woodspur Farms in Coachella, CA, Bob Harrick is also keeping a watchful eye on its date crops. “For the fruit itself, typically if the weather starts getting into high triple digits early and continues, the fruit starts to shut down as far as growing in length or size. It starts its ripening process earlier but it doesn’t affect quality or taste,” Harrick says. Growers are trying to mitigate the heat in many ways and at Duncan Family Farms that includes harvesting at night when the temperatures have come down somewhat. “We’ve also added extra harvest crews to shorten that window of time to complete all our orders,” says Rodriquez, noting that its water supplies are holding out so that isn’t a compounding issue with the heat. Gapping ahead Looking ahead though, the heat could instigate some future gaps in supply. “Crops growing quicker than normal will ultimately create a gap in our production schedule when things cool off,” adds Rodriquez. Rodriquez notes that since much of the baby tender leaf products are grown in the affected Salinas area at this time of year, it will create overall short-term supply disruptions, depending on how long the unprecedented temperatures remain elevated. Harrick is also waiting to see if harvesting earlier might be in order. “June was record temperatures,” he says. “We’ll have to see what happens in July and August. If we get back to what are considered normal temperatures, which are triple digits in July and August, we should be fine. But if temperatures continue to rise and break records, then there would be a concern.” Source -

USA - Summer weather still impacting farmers as fall harvest begins

It was a summer of significant crop loss for U.S. farmers as drought and severe rain events tore through the country. As the fall harvest season begins, some farmers are still recovering. In Northeast Ohio, harvest season will start late on Jason Schriver’s 300 acres of farmland. 


Philippines - Agriculture damage due to Maring now over P1B

The damage left to the country’s agriculture sector by Severe Tropical Storm Maring after ravaging northern Luzon and parts of the Visayas has risen to more than a billion pesos, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said Friday.


USA - Storms down fungus-infected crops

A combination of fungus and this week’s stormy weather is ravaging crops. We first told you about tar spot on Monday. It has been devasting to farmers. “Going into this, this should have been one of the best crops the guy has ever raised in to see it now flat,” said Marc Eads, farming consultant. 


India - Exposed at sea, fishers need better insurance to manage climate risks

Rufino Possa, 52, a fisher from Uttan, a coastal village in north Mumbai, returned home on October 2, after 12 days at sea, four days more than he planned. The rough seas churned up by Cyclone Gulab towards the end of September meant that he could not find any catch. 


USA - Idaho sees 40 percent reduction in 2021-2022 onion crop

Idaho onions have finished with harvest and one grower says there’s a 40 percent reduction in the crop over last year. "I attribute it to five different things,” says Shay Myers of Parma, ID-based Owyhee Produce. “There was record dry weather, record windy weather, record high temperatures, record smoke-filled skies and a record labor shortage.”


China - Apple supply at risk due to hailstorms in Shaanxi Province

Last month, the average price of Chinese apples rose by 1.7% m-o-m to USD 1,115/MT due to several extreme weather events in the northwest of China. China is the world’s largest producer of apples, accounting for almost half of global production.


Time will tell if challenging 2021 grape harvest affects wines across world

The heady aroma of crushed grapes (must, as it is known in the industry) is filling the air of wineries across the Northern Hemisphere. Starting as early as August in some regions, and continuing into October in others (depending on varietal and climate), the 2021 grape harvest is shaping up to be one for the record books—not all of it in a good way.


India - No MSP procurement of Bajra in state, farmers facing losses up to Rs 1000 per quintal

The Bajra (Millet) producing farmers of Rajasthan are facing a loss of up to Rs 900-1000 per quintal as there is no MSP (minimum support price) procurement of the crop in the state till now. The issue is heating up as the neighbouring state Haryana is not only procuring it but giving price differences to the Bajra producing farmers.