Hundreds of tonnes of vegetables grown in Sweden have been lost due to corona. CEO Per Johansson of cultivation company Åhus Grönt explains that they have had to plough about 200 tonnes of Chinese cabbage and 600 tonnes of iceberg lettuce because sales to the catering industry have drastically declined: "We are now using the vegetables as food for the soil."
Labor shortages in the agricultural sector are causing worries for makers of Estonia's fruit and vegetable preserves and may mean higher prices in the stores. Salvest, which produces preserves made from berries, received produce from Estonia, for instance from Saaremaa-based Saarek, though it also gets its raw materials from other countries, it says.
February so far has brought unusual weather to Mexico which has caused issues for the Mexican winter vegetable programs. Bridges Organic Produce works with partners in Mexico in the Hermosillo, Culiacan, and Guaymas regions and fortunately remains in relatively good shape, with only three of their five partner fields seeing some damage and the damage is minimal compared with many other growers.
Black cutworm larvae are uniformly colored on the upper surfaces, ranging from light gray or gray-brown to nearly black. Close examination reveals numerous dark, coarse granules over most of the body. The head is brownish with numerous dark spots. The adult is a large moth with a half-inch wingspan.
A steep fall in mercury level due to ongoing cold waves has started causing harm to crops in Bokaro district. “Potato, tomato, peas, mustard and its varieties, and leafy vegetables in several hectares of cultivable land were wilt in the pricing cold and due to dense fog. This has caused loss to the farmers of Lodhi, Chatrochati, Chhutu, Karikhurd, Chidri, Sidhawar, Hurlung and in other villages under Chatrochatti Police station at Bermo.”
Both in Norway and Northern Europe in general there is too low a supply of cauliflower. The prices are expected to rise over the coming weeks. The prices won't decrease unless the weather conditions are more favourable over the coming weeks, so that large amount of cauliflower enters the market once again. This was reported by the Norwegian Landbruksdirektoratet in response to a recent analysis of the situation regarding the vegetable cultivation.
Full, good quality supply, but both domestically and abroad the sales are disappointing, according to Dennish Tricht of AGF Direct concerning the current situation of the cauliflower and broccoli market. "Growers are in a difficult situation. They are doing a lot of work but aren't being compensated for it. The prices are currently under the cost price.
British carrot growers are advising that recent adverse weather conditions will lead to the lowest yields for decades and the highest levels of imports. According to Rodger Hobson, Chairman of the British Carrot Growers Association, the carrot ‘crisis’ is likely to continue for anything up to 11 months.
It may seem a little late to reflect on crop insurance in light of the damages caused by Hurricane Irma, but Irma serves as a wake-up call on many fronts. Damage to Florida agriculture has been significant with estimates of sales losses ranging to as high as $2.5 billion. A large portion of that damage fell on citrus in the loss of fruit from hurricane force winds and to tree damage from wind and excess rain that flooded groves.
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