Climate

Florida strawberry planting restarts post-Hurricane Ian

Following Hurricane Ian’s daunting impact on the state of Florida, one strawberry grower-shipper is assessing the fallout. “Our southern farms took the brunt of the storm but luckily we had not laid any plastic yet down south. However, our Plant City farms all lost some plastic and some drip but overall…

Impact of Hurricane Orlene is being assessed

In the last two weeks, the Americas have been seeing one hurricane after another. Two days ago, Hurricane Orlene made landfall south of Mazatlán City, in Southern Sinaloa,…

“Not fun”: South African farmers juggle an early spring heat wave and daily power cuts

The South African Weather Service predicts that a heatwave over Gauteng, eastern NorthWest Province, the eastern Mpumalanga Highveld as well as over the south-western bushveld of Limpopo, will run until the end of the week with no imminent rain predicted.It comes at a critical time for many fruit crops:…

Potato harvest resumes on Prince Edward Island post Hurricane Fiona

About 10 days after Hurricane Fiona hit the province of Prince Edward Island, Canada, residents, including its potato growers and shippers, are slowly gaining back electricity. “The entire island has been devastated--the wide swath of destruction is unbelievable,” says Dwayne Coffin of Vanco Farms in…

La Niña to increase number of cyclones, flooding rains across northern Australia

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology is warning residents in the north of the country to be on alert for a greater possibility of cyclones developing and potential flooding in…

Climate change could make tropical fruits industry unfeasible in Spain

Andalucia in southern Spain is home to Europe's largest avocado plantations. These fruits are sought after, but they require special care. Each kilogram of fruit needs 800…

Higher losses in oranges

Florida grapefruit industry seeing minimal fruit loss post Hurricane Ian

Following Hurricane Ian’s arrival, Florida grapefruit looks to have made its way through the event with minimal effects. “We got extremely lucky,” says Dan Richey of Riverfront Packing Company. “The storm was bearing down and then it turned to the Northeast and that got us through.” Florida grapefruit is…

Chris Fiander, Westpak Group:

"Grocery sustainability metrics have the potential to redefine the role of food packaging"

It's nearly a decade since the familiar 'traffic light' labeling system started appearing on supermarket items, signaling key health metrics around calories, sugar, salt, and fat content, writes Chris Fiander, Marketing Manager, Westpak Group Ltd. In this opinion piece, he zooms in on the role of food…

Hurricane Ian hits Florida as citrus growers near harvest season

Hurricane Ian made landfall in Florida as a Category 4 storm and is slowly making its way through the state as a Category 1 hurricane. Yesterday, an article was published about the potential impact on citrus and vegetable crops as well as logistics challenges. More will become clear in the coming days…

Mangoes affected by the high temperatures in the governorate

Climate change is affecting mango crop in Aswan this year

Among the many fruits grown around the Egyptian city of Aswan is the mango, which is the first fruit to go to the market during the summer season. The village of Fares in…

Apple industry on Canada's East Coast affected by Hurricane Fiona

Hurricane Fiona made its way through Eastern Canada on the weekend and the region’s apple industry is seeing some infrastructure damage and crop loss because of it. Nova Scotia: Michael Van Meekeren of Van Meekeren Farms in Kentville, Nova Scotia says there’s an estimated 10-30 percent loss across the…

Florida growers and importers brace for Hurricane Ian

Florida growers and shippers were, as of press time last night, watching, waiting, and preparing for Hurricane Ian. The last reports of the storm, which made its way through Cuba as a hurricane, indicated that it might come through the state as a Category 4 storm starting today. Reports say 2.5 million…

French kiwi fruit producers are feeling the effects of climate change

Kiwi fruit producers grow three-quarters of their volumes in southwest France, from Lot-et-Garonne to Pyrénées-Atlantiques via Occitanie. And these areas are particularly…

Concerns over Dominican Republic banana operations post-Fiona

Now that growers and shippers are a little further out from Hurricane Fiona making its way from Puerto Rico--where it knocked out power and caused sizable damage--to the Dominican Republic (DR), a clearer picture of the damage done within the country is emerging. The storm moved through the DR on Monday…

Report about the impact of Hurricane Fiona on the Dominican Republic

Hurricane Fiona made its way through the Dominican Republic yesterday after knocking out power and causing seemingly significant damage to Puerto Rico on Sunday. However, some Dominican Republic growers and shippers are thankful that it wasn’t worse. “We are kind of lucky,” says Cesar Perez of Frescura…

NZ asparagus growers work to overcome flooding troubles as harvesting season begins

The New Zealand asparagus harvesting season has just begun, but some fields are still partly underwater from recent flooding. Cam Lewis of Horowhenua's Tendertips Asparagus…

Hurricane Fiona makes landfall in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic

Hurricane Fiona made landfall in Puerto Rico on Sunday afternoon, causing life-threatening flooding, mudslides, and an island-wide power outage. According to the National Hurricane Center, heavy rains continued across Puerto Rico on Sunday. From Puerto Rico, Fiona moved to the Dominican Republic where it…

Australian growers have mixed feelings about the current, third, successive La Nina event

Australian growers have weighed up the pros and cons of the current third successive La Nina event set to bring more rainfall to eastern Australia. The rare third successive…

Origin Green "Gold" membership for 2022:

Dole Ireland awarded prestigious sustainability accolade

Wednesday, September 14th saw Bord Bia (the Irish Food Board) award Origin Green “Gold” membership for 2022 to Dole Ireland at a hybrid event held in Dublin. Gold status recognises the efforts of Origin Green members which have achieved “exceptional annual performance on their sustainability targets in…

Due to climate change, water scarcity and pests

US might be heading for a ketchup crisis

Americans consume upward of 30 pounds of tomatoes a year, three-quarters of that in processed form. While the commercially produced fresh fruit varieties are mostly grown in heavily controlled environments, away from the elements, climate change is looking like it will be a big issue for processing…

Droughts increase premiums for US farmland with access to water

Shrinking water supplies are creating a two-tiered market in farmland investing, lifting values for properties with access to groundwater or aquifers. Much of the land in…

National Drought Group applied official drought status to swathes of England and Wales last month

Drought in parts of England to remain until next year

Large areas of England are likely to remain in an official drought until next year. Water companies are seeking permission to extract more from rivers, or to keep taking water…

Lidl Sweden announces they'll no longer transport fresh produce by air

Lidl Sweden announced that they’ll stop transporting fruit and vegetables by air. An image is circulating that shows all the birds that stopped flying, with the kiwi now being the final one, as a nod to the fruit that shares its name with a bird that doesn't fly. With this direction, the aim for Lidl…

Harvest delays following tropical storm Kay

Growers and shippers were on watch on Friday following reports that Tropical Storm Kay had made landfall in Mexico. Categorized as a Category 1 storm, it reportedly hit along the West Coast of the central Baja California peninsula starting Thursday afternoon. In turn, this had raised concerns over the…

Crop yields reduced: drought hits fruit and vegetable processors hard

Since the beginning of the year, there has been a severe drought affecting several European fruit and vegetable growing regions due to persistent lack of precipitation,…

So far, Mississippi sweet potato growers relieved following summer drought

Mississippi sweet potato growers and shippers are somewhat relieved with the 2022 crop following the summer drought that made headlines across the country. “We had high temperatures and the no water situation was very depressing. However we seem to have made it through and it will not be a crop failure…

Seggio Fruit Srl

"Climate change does not allow for predictions when it comes to volumes and yields"

“We aim at perfecting the cultivation techniques of early prickly pears in recyclable plastic greenhouses, which can also be opened up depending on the weather so as to arrive on the market at least one month early. We managed it with the first hectare this summer and results have been amazing," reports…

Extreme summer climate causes heat damage to fruits in prolific regions

This summer, southern China suffered the longest-lasting, widest, and most intense periods of high temperatures and low rain since 1961. The drought developed rapidly,…

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Vegetable prices likely to go up in Malaysia due to heavy rain

Continuous heavy rainfall in Malaysia over the last few weeks has depleted the crop yield for vegetables across the country, said, farmers. The dip in the supply of vegetables by around 20 to 30 percent would inevitably result in price hikes for vegetables such as spinach, okra, long bean, and chili,…

Vegetable producer and wholesaler Peter-Josef Eßer on the current open ground harvest

"Producing quantites of quality regional summer vegetables in these weather conditions is extremely difficult"

The Rhine-Ruhr region is now in full lettuce harvest mode, as Peter-Josef Eßer, a vegetable grower in Korschenbroich and direct marketer at the Düsseldorf wholesale market, tells us. "Due to the ongoing drought and the lack of moisture in the soil, we are finding it extremely difficult to produce…

Drought forcing vegetable acreage drop in South Texas

Texas’ drought conditions are undoubtedly severely affecting the state’s agriculture picture. “There are fewer plantings. This should mean higher prices down the road once we get into the regular harvest cycle,” says Tony Martinez of Primo Trading Services LLC in McAllen, Texas. Martinez says that…

Spain's water reserve is at 35.9% of its capacity

According to the latest report on the State of Spain's Reservoirs by the Ministry of Ecological Transition, updated as of August 30, Spain's water reserve is at 35.9% of its…

Biden declares emergency over Mississippi water crisis

President Joe Biden's administration approved an emergency declaration over a water crisis in the State of Mississippi, also ordering Federal assistance to supplement the…

Ecuador's Alejandro de Humboldt National Environmental Foundation launches productive reforestation plan

"With this initiative we seek to change the course of Ecuador's agriculture and move it towards an organic environmental setting"

Land and water are more than just resources; they are a natural capital, essential for agriculture, and their degradation is not only an environmental or ecosystemic indicator, but also a determining factor for the social and economic development conditions of the populations living in the affected…

Western Agricultural Coalition

WAC claims only effective drought response funding can prevent rural economic upheaval

Seven organizations offer the federal government immediate assistance in implementing the $4 billion set aside in the Inflation Reduction Act. In a letter sent to U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Deb Haaland and Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Camille Calimlim Touton, a coalition of agricultural organizations offered…

Iceberg lettuce pricing plateauing but expected to stay elevated in the fall

While general industry supplies of iceberg lettuce are ample, humidity and high temperatures are having an effect on the leafy green. Mark Shaw, VP of Operations for Markon says that the abnormal humidity and persistently high temperatures have caused varying levels of internal burn, growth crack, seeder…

James Young, McCain Foods UK vice-president Agriculture:

‘Collaboration can help UK growers face climate change challenges’

James Young, McCain Foods GB vice-president Agriculture, has emphasized the importance of a collaborative relationship with growers for the company’s success, as McCain aims…

"climate change allows melons to be grown on large scale in Sweden"

Hotter Swedish summers allow outdoor cultivation of melons

Sweden is described as a cold dark place just below the North Pole, with nine months of hard winter and three months of slightly poorer skiing conditions, how can anyone get the idea to grow melons outdoor there? Ingmar Nilsson, a second generation melon grower in Frillestad outside of Helsingborg,…

Agriculture in Spain expects drought losses to reach 10 billion

According to an article on agroberichtenbuitenland.nl, with 32.6% of Spain in a situation of 'prolonged drought,' experts estimate that losses in the agricultural sector will…

"Producers will suffer significant economic losses that could amount to more than € 200 million"

French potato production experiences a historical collapse due to drought and extreme heat

As reported by the French Potato Producers' Group, UNPT, "the latest samples, to date, confirm the historical deterioration of the yields of the plots dedicated to potatoes by…

Kees van den Bosch, Freeland:

"Drought already resulting in good open field vegetable demand, especially from the U.K."

The drought in the Netherlands and elsewhere in Europe is significantly affecting the open field vegetable market. That is according to Kees van den Bosch of Freeland. "There's extra demand from various countries. The United Kingdom is especially present on the market. Growers can't irrigate everywhere,…

China: Record-breaking drought takes heavy toll on farmers

China is currently experiencing the most severe drought and heatwave since national records began in 1961. As of last Sunday, the drought had affected at least 2.46 million…

More producers could abandon the fields of Valencia due to the drought and exorbitant energy prices

Dozens of citrus-field owners in the Camp de Morvedre have already informed the Valencian Farmers' Association (AVA-Asaja) that they will not continue with production this…

Heat wave damaged fruit and vegetable crops in J&K

The abnormal increase in maximum and minimum temperatures in the previous two months has viciously impacted fruit and vegetable crops in J&K. The relevant figures were…

Climate.gov

American Farm Bureau Federation survey:

Droughts indicate far-reaching impacts

Over 60 percent of the American West, Southwest, and Central Plains are classified ‘D3’; severe droughts or higher. The severe water shortages reported are impacting 17 states that account for nearly half of the $364 billion in agricultural production of the US. To measure the impacts of the drought,…

HydroHunter Italy

Drought-scorched areas utilize groundwater to combat dry weather

In recent months, the drought emergency caused by the absence of rainfall and aggravated by the extreme heat conditions of this torrid summer has generated more interest within the agricultural sector in drilling wells to provide water to heat-stressed crops. "We scanned hundreds of hectares between June…

Italy

Thirty percent less citrus expected in the Basilicata region

The scorching heat in Italy, which this year was already felt in the month of May and then did not go away, and the lack of rain, are causing a decline in citrus yields in the Basilicata region. However, less fruit is also expected in other citrus growing regions such as Apulia, Sicily and Calabria.…

Matsutake mushroom prices climbing due to climate change in China

This year, a prolonged drought and heat waves in the south of China have reduced the harvest of matsutake mushrooms, which has caused prices to soar. Traders were expecting…

Drought stays severe to extreme for California growing regions

“Not surprising is a good way to describe this year’s drought.” So says Brad Rubin, Wells Fargo food and agribusiness specialty crops sector manager, of the 2022 drought picture for the state of California. He notes that after a record-setting December 2021 for both rainfall and snowpack, the season did…

An overview of the changing situation with Ilenia Nordera

In this phase of climate and geopolitical crisis, organic production proves to be the right choice

"In a context marked by the uncertainty of the consequences of the war in Ukraine, rising raw material costs and an 8 percent inflation level after 13 years of progress, even a sector with high potential such as organic is slowing down (-1.9 percent in value, -2.9 percent in volume)", said Ilenia…

Arid weather affects fruit quality

Chinese fruit suffers sun damage during record-breaking temperatures

Many places in China experienced record-breaking temperatures this summer. These temperatures had an impact on the growing process of fruit and on the sales conditions as…

Severe drought in Europe still expanding and worsening

Severe droughts have been affecting several regions of Europe since the beginning of the year, and the situation is still expanding and worsening. Dry conditions are related to a wide and persistent lack of precipitation combined with early heatwaves in May and June. The severe precipitation deficit has…

In Apulia, exotic cultivation is a fast-growing business

Exotic fruit is a new growing trend in southern Italy

In Italy, the climate is gradually becoming more tropical, with long periods of drought, mild or high temperatures throughout much of the year, and occasional extreme weather conditions such as heavy rainfall and wind gusts that can reach 100 km/h. Climate change also seems to be bringing with it an…

High temperature causes pitaya fruit production in some producing areas to drop by 80%

Recently, high-temperature waves have attacked many pitaya-producing areas. Some growers said that it is estimated that this season's production is only 20% of the previous…

South Africa

Sun City Resort will combat climate change 'the citrus way'

Sun City Resort is currently on a tree planting mission to fight climate change. Already they have planted 100 citrus trees at schools across the province and plans to plant a…

Shift to a plant-based diet presents big opportunities, says Prof Stephanie Midgley of the Western Cape Department of Agriculture

Changing course of climate change creates co-benefits for fruit farmers

It is not too late to meaningfully address climate change, Prof Stephanie Midgley of the Western Cape Department of Agriculture told attendees to Hortgro’s technical symposium last month and in fact, she noted, many of the solutions contain opportunities for the fruit industry.The final volume of the…

Spain faces the most serious water deficit of the past fifteen years

The drought is undeniable in Spain. According to a report prepared by the Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge (MITECO) on the drought and…

Bosnia and Herzegovina growers seek compensation due to drought

Various associations of agricultural producers in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) have requested that a ‘natural disaster due to drought’ be declared at the state level. Farmers…

Fresh Del Monte achieves significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions goals

Fresh Del Monte is excited to share the remarkable progress it has made on the road to achieving key 2030 goals the company committed to with the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi)– goals that have become increasingly more urgent as the U.S. and countries across the globe experience intense heat…

The Federation of French Fruit Producers wants the irrigation ban lifted

Drought: French fruit producers in despair

France is currently suffering from a historic drought and French fruit producers are worried. The high temperatures of the last few weeks in France are disrupting the current production and the trees have created their own protection mechanism to cope with the stress. As a result, caliber, coloration and…

William Nannes: "The big question is who can afford the onions if the price is too high"

Hot in the field and on the onion market: onion prices reach 31-32 cents per bale

The heat isn't only in the air, the situation in the onion market can also be described as quite hot. "In the last few weeks, there has been a reasonable balance between supply and demand. Now that Senegal has entered the market and no harvesting can take place from Wednesday, the market is showing signs…

England underwent driest July in almost 90 years

The UK has experienced months of low rainfall and high temperatures. In fact, last month was the driest July recorded in England in almost 90 years. The British government's…

Governor Newsom announces California’s water supply strategy

On August 11, 2022, Governor Newsom announced an emergency four-pointed plan (called California’s Water Supply Strategy) that addresses the intensifying drought by creating…

Decrease in the availability of renewable water resources results in "structural water stress"

Drought still rampant in Morocco

At 600 cubic metres of water annually per capita, Morocco is already well below the water scarcity threshold of 1,700 cubic metres per capita per year, according to the World Health Organization. In…

Fresh Express kicks off Fresh On the Go promotion and releases new online content

Fresh Express®, a big player in value added salads, has kicked off the second annual Fresh On the Go promotion to celebrate its on-the-go-friendly products that help keep consumers fueled throughout the day. From salad kits and bowls to Chiquita Bites snacks, Fresh Express has a product and recipe…

Environmental Product Decleration for Greek kiwi has been updated for lower environmental impact via cultivation

“We’re aiming for an even lower environmental impact in the coming years”

Zeus kiwi is implementing a new investment plan started in 2021 to be completed in 2025. According to Christina Manosis, marketing and sales director for the Greek kiwi exporter, it will increase their storage capacity significantly: “Our investment involves the construction of new Controlled Atmosphere…

Heat and drought: producers on high alert

Heat episodes are succeeding one another in France and with them comes drought, causing significant repercussions for farmers. Climatic hazards are leading to a drop in yields for many crops and quality is also being affected. If water use restrictions have already been put in place for individuals, new…

California stone fruit growers remain watchful following recent rains

Following late last week’s rain, stone fruit growers in California are trying to determine what the impacts of that rain are. “I think it was a quarter of an inch of rain but that’s an unprecedented amount of rain for us at this time of year,” says Jon McClarty of HMC Farms in Kingsburg, California.…

Julie Petersen, Nature Preserve:

“Carbon footprint calculations don’t have to be a headache or budget killer”

“Carbon footprint calculations don’t have to be a headache or budget killer. We make it simple, affordable and accessible for all growers in the food industry. We help primary growers to manage their climate impact throughout their supply chains effectively, efficiently and cost effectively through our…


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