04.03.2024

Spain - Drought forces tropical fruit to broaden its horizons

The tropical fruit sector is exploring new growing areas to ensure the category's growth in the coming years, in the face of the severe and prolonged drought in several Spanish provinces. Two major specialist companies have set their sights on the north-west of the Iberian Peninsula. A third is setting up in the Dominican Republic.

04.03.2024

India - Yogi orders crop loss survey for farmer relief

Amid reports of crop losses due to unseasonal windy rains and hailstorms during the last two days in several districts of Uttar Pradesh, chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday ordered an on-the-spot survey of the damages.

04.03.2024

India - Haryana's crops devastated by untimely rains and hailstorm

Heavy rainfall accompanied by hailstorms and strong winds have wreaked havoc on farmers in several districts of Haryana, including Rohtak, Sonepat, Bhiwani, Charkhi Dadri, Hisar, and parts of Jind. The untimely weather conditions have flattened and damaged crops such as wheat, barley, mustard, and gram, leaving farmers devastated.

04.03.2024

USA - Some drought-ridden counties in Iowa suffered losses

Overall corn and soybean production — Iowa’s two biggest row crops — held steady for the state in 2023. New data, however, reveals localized disparities in crop yields that are likely due to drought impacts.

01.03.2024

Spain - Catalan farmers protest in Barcelona over drought and EU regulations

In Barcelona, Catalan farmers rallied to express their concerns over climate-induced drought and stringent EU farming policies. Artichoke farmer Xavier Oliva highlighted the dire situation, stating, "If it doesn't rain you can't plant anything." The farmers are demanding more support from the regional government as water scarcity threatens their livelihoods.

01.03.2024

USA - Cyber-physical heating system may protect apple blossoms in orchards

Spring frosts can have devastating effects on apple production, and a warming climate may be causing trees to blossom early, making them more susceptible to the damaging effects of extreme cold events. Growers' attempts to prevent the flowers from freezing by attempting to heat the canopies of their orchards largely have been inefficient.

01.03.2024

Canada - Cold snap causes catastrophic loss for B.C. wine industry

New report projects nearly 100% decrease in grape and wine production across B.C.This year'smid-January cold snaphas dealt a severe blow to British Columbia's wine industry, causing catastrophic crop losses across the Okanagan Valley.

29.02.2024

Philippines - El Niño damage to agriculture now P941M

The damage to agriculture due to the impact of the El Niño phenomenon has increased to over P941 million, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said Thursday.

04.03.2024

USA - New program launched to help New Hampshire farmers hit hard by severe weather

New Hampshire has launched a new program to help Granite State farmers who were hit hard by severe weather last year.Applications opened Friday for the new crop loss program aimed at mitigating losses from the crippling conditions of last year, when many farmers saw almost all of their crops get wiped out.

04.03.2024

USA - 9 Oregon counties under disaster designation for weather-related crop loss

Nine Oregon counties are under a Secretarial natural disaster designation after the United States Department of Agriculture determined multiple weather events in 2023 led to crop losses, officials announced Friday.

04.03.2024

India - Farm unions seek girdawari for crop loss as hailstorms lash many parts of Punjab

Farmer unions under the banner of the Samyukt Kisan Morcha today demanded that a special girdawari be conducted by the state government to assess the loss of crops suffered by farmers in hailstorms that lashed many parts of the state.

04.03.2024

India - Vegetable crops suffer 100% loss

Hailstorms with heavy rain and strong winds caused extensive damage to the standing wheat, mustard and vegetable crops. Experts said the actual losses would be known only after four to five days of the hailstorms. Vegetable crops have been damaged heavily in the region, causing 100 per cent damage.

01.03.2024

Turkey - Warm weather causes early fruit tree blooming in northwestern parts

In northwestern Turkey, including Istanbul, an unseasonal rise in temperatures to 18 degrees Celsius has led to the premature blooming of fruit trees. This phenomenon, particularly noted in Edirne's Keşan district, has been attributed to a "false spring." Lütfü Açar, Vice President of the Agricultural Consultants Association of Turkey (TAR-DER) and an agricultural engineer, highlighted the abnormal development, stating that the trees were misled into blooming early.

01.03.2024

India - Odisha govt to conduct digital crop survey

The Odisha government has decided to conduct a digital crop survey across the state to ascertain the exact area under cultivation by farmers, a senior official said.The survey was first piloted in four districts – Nuapada, Nayagarh, Deogarh, and Bhadrak – during the 2023-24 kharif crop season.

01.03.2024

Slovenia - Frost, storms, and floods cost over EUR 88M

Last year, Slovenia's agricultural sector faced severe financial losses due to adverse weather conditions, with the government confirming a collective damage toll exceeding EUR 88 million. Frost, storms, and floods were the primary culprits, wreaking havoc across the country and presenting a stark reminder of climate change's impact on agriculture.

29.02.2024

Canada - Similkameen Winery calls on government to enact faster solutions to help devastated wine industry

“There are many different ways the government can be stepping in to assist, but one thing's for sure is they can't afford to do nothing.”Facing its second year of drastic vineyard loss, a Similkameen Winery is calling on all levels of the government to assist the industry before it’s too late.

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

02.07.2021

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 - https://www.freshplaza.com

China - Farms suffered from hailstorms

17.04.2020

Hailstorms suddenly arrived in east China on 4 April to 5 April. Production areas in Pingdu, Laizhou, and Laiyang in Shandong suffered heavy damage. The hailstones damaged cherry trees, pear trees, peach trees, and apple trees. The cherry and peach trees in particular are in the middle of the flowering season, while apples are ripening on the trees. Some of the flowers have already begun to open in some of the warmer production areas. The impact of these hailstorms was disastrous for the upcoming production volume of cherries and peaches. The overall production volume will be greatly reduced and some farmers may have lost their entire harvest. Source - https://www.freshplaza.com

Ukraine - Losses in stone fruit and berry crops due to low temperatures

10.04.2020

The freezing temperatures recently recorded in Ukraine could lead to the loss of up to 80% of the stone fruit production and up to 50% of the berry crops, said Kateryna Zvereva, Director for Development of the Ukrainian Fruit and Vegetable Association (UPAA). “Apricot and other stone fruit crops (peaches, sweet cherries and even some plum varieties) bloomed earlier than usual due to the high temperatures in March. However, night frosts that were fatal to stone fruit crops were recorded in late March, and the vast majority of growers in Ukraine don't yet have modern frost protection systems. Moreover, the cold weather during the flowering prevented the bees from pollinating the gardens," she said in a statement to Interfax-Ukraine. As for berries, the UPOA this week received several messages from Ukrainian blueberry producers, concerned about the serious damage caused by the lower air temperatures at the end of last month. “Due to the abnormally warm winter and significantly high temperatures in March, blueberries in many regions of Ukraine had almost started to bloom; however, frosts struck earlier this week. The situation worsened because frosts returned again after a short warm period,” said Zvereva. According to UPAA research, Chandler blueberries were the most affected, with potential crop losses estimated at more than 50% in some regions. The Duke variety, which is one of the most popular among domestic growers, was also significantly affected. “Losses in stone fruits could reach 80% of the potential production; in berries, perhaps 50%,” said the director for development of the UPOA. Source - https://www.freshplaza.com

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A Practical Method for Adjusting the Premium Rates in Crop-Hail Insurance with Short-Term Insurance Data

25.10.2022

The frequency of hailstorms is generally low in small geographic areas. In other words, it may be very likely that hailstorm occurrences will vary between neighboring locations within a short period of time. Besides, a newly launched insurance scheme lacks the data. It is, therefore, difficult to sustain a sound insurance program under these circumstances, with premium rates based on meteorological data without a complimentary adjustment process.

Malta - Vegetable production dropped 7% in 2018

18.10.2019

Last year, Malta’s local vegetable produce dropped by 7% when compared to the previous year. The total vegetables produced in tonnes amounted to 58,178, down by 7% when compared to 2017. Their value too diminished as the total produce was valued at €30 million, down by 13% over the previous year. The most significant drop was in potatoes, down by 27% over the previous year. Tomatoes and onions were the only vegetables to have increased in volume, by 3% and 4% respectively but their value diminished by 9% and 24% respectively. The figures were published by the National Statistics Office on the event of World Food Day 2019, which will be celebrated on Wednesday. Cauliflower, cabbage and lettuce produce dropped by 10%, 3%, and 12% respectively. In the realm of local fruit, a drop of produce was registered here too apart from strawberries, which experienced a whopping increase of 58% over 2017. Total fruit produced in 2018 amounted to 13,057 tonnes, down by 1% when compared to 2017. The total produce was valued at €10 million, a 3% increase in value. Peaches produced were down by 35% and the 376 tonnes of peaches cultivated amounted to €0.5 million in value. Orange produce dropped by 10% and lemon produce dropped by 14%. There was no change in the amount of grapes produced and the 3,642 tonnes of grapes produced in 2018 were valued at €2.3 million. 70% of fruit and vegetables consumed in Malta is imported. The drop in local produce could be the result of deleterious or unsuitable weather patterns. Source - https://www.freshplaza.com

USA - Greenhouse tomato production spans most states

07.10.2019

While Florida and California accounted for 76 percent of U.S. production of field-grown tomatoes in 2016, greenhouse production and use of other protected-culture technologies help extend the growing season and make production feasible in a wider variety of geographic locations. Some greenhouse production is clustered in traditional field-grown-tomato-producing States like California. However, high concentrations of greenhouses are also located in Nebraska, Minnesota, New York, and other States that are not traditional market leaders. Among the benefits that greenhouse tomato producers can realize are greater market access both in the off-season and in northern retail produce markets, better product consistency, and improved yields. These benefits make greenhouse tomato production an increasingly attractive alternative to field production despite higher production costs. In addition to domestic production, a significant share of U.S. consumption of greenhouse tomatoes is satisfied by imports. In 2004, U.S., Mexican, and Canadian growers each contributed about 300 million pounds of greenhouse tomatoes annually to the U.S. fresh tomato market. Since then, Mexico’s share of the greenhouse tomato market has grown sharply, accounting for almost 84 percent (1.8 billion pounds) of the greenhouse volume coming into the U.S. market. Source - https://www.freshplaza.com

World cherry production will decrease to 3.6 million tons

03.10.2019

According to information from the USDA for the 2019-2020 season, world cherry production is expected to decrease slightly and amount to 3.6 million tons. This decline is due to the damages that the weather caused on cherry crops in the European Union. Even though Chile is expected to achieve a record export, world trade in cherries is expected to drop to 454,000 tons, based on lower shipments from Uzbekistan and the US. Turkey Turkey's production is expected to increase to 865,000. As a result of the strong export demand, producers continue to invest and improve their orchards, switching to high yield varieties and gradually expanding the surface for sweet cherries. More supplies are expected to increase exports to a record 78,000 tons, continuing its long upward trend. Chile Chile's production is forecast to increase from 30,000 tons to 231,000 as they have a larger area of mature trees. Between 2009/10 and 2018/19, the crop area has almost tripled, a trend that is expected to continue. The country is expected to export up to 205,000 tons in higher supplies. The percentage of exports destined for China has increased from 13 to almost 90% since 2009/10. China China's production is expected to increase by up to 24% and to amount to 420,000 tons, due to the recovery of the orchards that were damaged by frost last year. In addition, there are new crops that will go into production. Imports are expected to increase by 15,000 tons and to stand at 195,000 tons, as the increase in supplies from Chile will more than compensate for the lower shipments from the United States. Although higher tariffs are maintained for American cherries, the United States is expected to remain China's main supplier in the northern hemisphere. United States US production is expected to remain stable at 450,000 tons. Imports are expected to increase to 18,000 tons with more supplies available from Chile. Exports are forecast to decrease for the second consecutive year to 80,000 tons, as high retaliatory tariffs continue to suppress US shipments to China. If this happens, it will be the first time that US cherry exports experience a decrease in 2 consecutive years since 2002/03, when production suffered a fall of 44%. European Union EU production is projected to fall by more than 20%, remaining at 648,000 tons because of the hail that affected the early varieties in Italy, and the frost, low temperatures, and drought that caused a significant loss of fruit in Poland, the main producer. Lower supplies are expected to pressure exports to 15,000 tons and increase imports to 55,000 tons. Russia Russia's imports are expected to contract by 13,000 tons to 80,000 with lower supplies from Kazakhstan, Moldova, and Serbia. Source - https://www.freshplaza.com

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