Australia - Storms hit wheat harvest

01.12.2023 190 views

Heavy rain sweeping through southeastern Australia has damaged wheat crops, potentially shrinking production by more than 100,000 tons and turning up to 1 million tons of milling wheat into lower-quality feed grain, analysts said.

Australia is one of the world’s largest wheat exporters and is more than halfway through this year’s harvest.

Baking heat and low rainfall earlier in the year cut forecast production to 25-28 million metric tons from about 40 million tons last year, but high quality was expected.

November has turned wetter, and in 24 hours between Tuesday and Wednesday more than 200 millimetres (7.9 inches) of rain fell in parts of New South Wales, and more than 80 millimetres in parts of Victoria, Australia’s weather bureau said.

The bureau said a severe weather warning remained in place for rain and damaging winds in parts of the southeast, where the harvest is in full swing.

Heavy rain stops large machinery from operating and crops left in fields can grow fungus or sprout.

“Farmers are parked up. You can’t harvest a paddock with sodden ground,” said Andrew Whitelaw at consultants Episode 3, adding that 50,000 to 130,000 tons of wheat could be lost and half a million tons downgraded to lower quality.

Ole Houe at IKON Commodities said as much as 100,000 tons could disappear and 1 million tons may be degraded from milling to feed wheat.

Rod Baker at Australian Crop Forecasters said that he was more optimistic, but that up to 50,000 tons could be lost and 500,000 tons shunted to feed quality.

All the analysts cautioned that estimates could change and depended on weather in the coming days.

“It’s really hard to quantify until we start getting harvest results in,” Baker said.

Although it hurts wheat, rain should boost Australian summer crops such as cotton and sorghum, analysts said.

“Before this rainfall, farmers in northern New South Wales and Queensland were really scratching their heads about whether to put in sorghum,” said Vitor Pistoia at Rabobank. “Now they have more confidence.”

Source -


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

istanbul escort şişli escort tbilisi escort şişli escort şişli escort maslak escort istanbul escort beşiktaş escort taksim escort izmir escort ümraniye escort mecidiyeköy escort şişli escort taksim escort ümraniye escort kartal escort şirinevler escort maltepe escort istanbul escort ümraniye escort kadıköy escort vip escort mersin escort istanbul escorts ataköy escort avcılar escort beylikdüzü escort okmeydanı escort şişli escort tuzla escort işitme cihazı sex shop sex shop sex shop sex shop sex shop sex shop sex shop sex shop