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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

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

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

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 - 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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

29.02.2024

USA - Major disasters and severe weather caused over $21 billion in crop losses in 2023

Weather-associated production risk is a part of life for farmers and ranchers. Through heavy rain, hail, snow, winds and drought, farming families prepare land, plant and harvest knowing their livelihoods are reliant on local weather conditions.

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