Announcements

Job Offers

Specials more

Top 5 -yesterday

Top 5 -last week

Top 5 -last month

Climate

Westpac NZ and Lincoln University partner on climate change guidance report

Westpac NZ and Lincoln University have released research that finds agile farm management will be critical in reducing emissions and adapting to climate change. The Westpac NZ…

Changing climate: Not all bad news for Maine blueberry growers

Maine blueberry grower Courtney Hammond spent the past summer developing a makeshift irrigation system, using sprinkler heads and hoses that he scraped together. “Two pumps…

The future of US sweet corn might be uncertain

As summer temperatures are sometimes reaching unprecedented levels in the US, the future of sweet corn might be uncertain. According to New University of Illinois research,…

Climate Council report:

‘Queensland is bearing the brunt of economic damage of Australia's climate disasters'

Queensland seems to bear the brunt of economic damage from climate-fueled disaster; its total losses triple those of other states. The Climate Council's latest report revealed…

Millan Millan, Director Emeritus of the CEAM

"Promoting the appropriate vegetation cover could help bring back the summer storms in about 15 years"

The Citrus Management Committee (CGC) organized yesterday a conference by Millan Millan, Director Emeritus of the Centre for Mediterranean Environmental Studies (CEAM). Millan Millan advocated using European resilience funds to promote reforestation policies to restore the quality of the Mediterranean…

The Viñuela swamp is at 9% of its capacity

According to the Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Democratic Challenge's latest report on the State of the Reservoirs, published on November 15, Spain's water…

Latest rains are "not enough to save Morocco's agricultural season"

Last weekend's rainfall interrupted a long period of drought in Morocco but was not enough to lift growers' morale. Mr. Rida Aghori, an agricultural engineer, has been observing the rainfall deficit situation since 2016, using a dashboard he has compiled from official sources. Mr. Aghori said, "the…

New York State storm empties some shelves temporarily

A three-day lake effect snowstorm that brought several feet of snow to Buffalo, New York and Western New York residents has spurred U.S. president Joe Biden to send federal aid to parts of the state to clean up after the storm. However, growers and shippers say they managed to--in essence--work around…

Moroccan Nadorcott volumes plummet as drought persists

The persistent drought in Morocco has severely affected the production of Nadorcott, the Moroccan mandarin variety. Producers in the Houara region (near Agadir) have reported…

Lower volumes expected for Moroccan citrus

The combination of several factors is leading to a difficult season for Moroccan citrus. Mr. Mouad Hfa, production manager at the Moroccan producer and exporter Pro Prim, located in the Souss and Chichawa regions, has forecast a 30-40% drop in volumes compared to the previous season. Mr. Mouad explains: "This…

Persistent drought slows down Nadorcott season in Morocco

Morocco is largely under the threshold of water shortage. Many crops, including Nadorcotts, are marking time but producers remain confident in the solidity of the industry. Mr. Youssef Maaouni, producer and exporter of Nadorcott in Agafay/Marrakesh, said: "This season, volumes will be lower than expected…

Indian crop yields badly affected by extreme weather patterns

Climate change, one of the biggest threats to India's agriculture sector, is wreaking havoc on crop yields as the annual monsoon season becomes longer bringing more heavy…

SATI: impact looks too small to affect total grape estimate

Groblersdal hail: “The nets did their job and overall, the grapes look good”

The sun is out after days of rain and a hailstorm last Thursday afternoon which hit localized areas north of Groblersdal where the table grape season has commenced, and citrus orchards are nursing young fruit.Limpopo is an area with a high hail factor; the storm came in quickly with no warning, growers…

Rafael Dominguez, manager of Freshuelva:

"We are very worried about the raspberry campaign and the growing competition from Morocco"

The Spanish raspberry campaign is facing even greater competition from Morocco than last year. Markets are saturated with supply and prices have plummeted. Meanwhile, there are still very limited quantities of Spanish blueberries available and producers are starting to harvest some extra-early strawberry…

Chile: Frost causes losses of up to 100% in blueberry orchards in Ñuble

Serious damage to blueberry orchards in the Ñuble region was caused by the frost recorded on October 31. Losses in some orchards reach 100% of production, depending on…

Waiting and seeing how Hurricane Nicole affects Florida’s tomato production

Florida tomato growers and shippers are watching and waiting to find out the impact of Tropical Storm Nicole on the state’s tomato production. “Supply was already somewhat short until December because of Hurricane Ian. Some places had to replant or there were going to be delays on their crop. There was a…

Snow could cut Canada's Okanagan fruit season short

Recent cold temperatures and snow could put an early end to British Columbia’s fruit season. Balpreet Gill with the Oliver, B.C.-based Gold Star Fruit Company Ltd. says the Okanagan region had a very warm October with record-breaking temperatures of 30º Celsius. “Then suddenly 10 days ago, the weather took…

Marcos Montes

Minister says that COP27 will be a turning point for the world view on food production

The Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply, Marcos Montes, participated this Wednesday in the Agriculture and Climate panel, during the interactive program of the…

Industry comments

Tropical storm Nicole expected to affect Central Florida’s produce crops and logistics

Tropical storm Nicole made landfall as a hurricane in eastern Florida this morning. Nicole was centered about 30 miles southwest of Orlando around 7 a.m. ET this morning. The storm is causing heavy rain and damaging winds throughout Central Florida before heading north towards Georgia and North Carolina.…

Egypt:

Favorable weather promises a good quality harvest of garlic and red onions

With colder temperatures at this end of the year, the weather in Egypt is favorable for red onion and garlic production, and promises a good quality harvest, according to Ralph Nakal of producer Tomna. "Although it is difficult to comment on volumes before the actual harvest in January, we expect a…

Spring snow bites Central’s apricot crop

October brought with it extreme weather, including snow down to low levels across Central Otago, affecting a significant number of apricot crops. Cromwell-based orchardist, Simon Webb, says a high exposed block on his property that only had wind machines for protection, received a reasonable percentage…

Tech in weather and disease portal helps orchardists stay ahead of mother nature

KVH’s free online Weather & Disease Portal uses a technology platform that gives growers the edge when it comes to weather forecasting and managing pests and diseases. Orchard…

Florida’s farmers brace for new tropical storm called Nicole

Florida’s produce industry took an almost $2 billion hit from Hurricane Ian and is now bracing for more as Tropical Storm Nicole follows a track toward the state’s eastern…

Agricultural emergency decreed due to damage caused by late frosts to vineyards and fruit trees

The Ministry of Economy and Energy of Mendoza, through the Undersecretary of Agriculture and Livestock, continues to assess the damage caused by the late frosts recorded in recent days in productive areas, after decreeing the state of emergency or agricultural disaster. The consequences cover not only…

Favorable weather conditions to boost citrus season in Egypt

Egypt has enjoyed a "very successful" citrus flowering period, thanks to weather conditions. Mr Ahmed Serhan, CEO of Frutella, stated: "During the citrus' flowering season, we didn't have temperature fluctuations between day and night. We had less humidity and no fogging. Thanks to favorable weather…

It’s unusual to have two hurricanes at the same time in November

Usually, the heavy part of hurricane season ends late October. However, the fact that two hurricanes are active in the Atlantic early November is proof that hurricane season…

Extreme weather is upending parts of the US food system

Extreme weather is upending the US food system. As the climate crisis causes temperatures to rise, precipitation patterns to shift and drought conditions to lengthen, many…

Climate change could severely hamper Queensland fruit cultivation

Some experts claim that rising temperatures could endanger Queensland-grown strawberries. According to cropping expert Paul Gauthier, rising temperatures meant the popular…

Climate change endangers Egypt's Nile Delta

Egyptian farmers working the land in the Nile River Delta are facing increasing troubles as rising sea levels infuse the once fertile soil with dried salt. There are concerns…

Freshfel Environmental Footprint Initiative embarks on shadow PEFCR for fruit & vegetables

As part of the work of the Freshfel Environmental Footprint Initiative, Freshfel Europe, alongside its members, is embarking on the development of a shadow Product…

Egyptian farmers fear rising social tensions over water

Egypt is facing worsening water shortages as climate change brings more extreme heat and drought - and now many Egyptian farmers and climate change experts fear the new dam…

Texas citrus welcomes crop volume increasing to 65 percent

Texas citrus looks to be on the rebound following the freeze in February 2021. “We are very excited for the 2022-2023 Texas citrus season. Our trees are recovering well with crop volume recovered to about 65 percent. So our shipments will be closer to a typical season with more room to recover next…

New South Wales

Hawkesbury Valley farmer lost $500,000 in five floods

Extreme weather events that have struck Australia in recent years have brought five floods to Lee Etherington’s farm, leading to enormous losses of $500,000. The grower has…

Hurricane Roslyn has minimal effects on Mexican crops

While the latest hurricane to make the headlines, Hurricane Roslyn made landfall in Mexico on Sunday, growers are to date reporting minimal impacts on crops. Reports indicate that the hurricane, which moved into a tropical storm by Sunday evening, hit West-Central Mexico on the weekend and killed at…

Iraqi drought crisis affects both crops and incomes countrywide

Farming communities in Iraq have seen their wheat, vegetable and fruit harvests decline for the second year in a row because of severe drought conditions. According to a new…

Texas citrus growers concerned about the future and drought

“Citrus managed to get through this year fine and depending on rainfall, we’ll make it through our next season. But that remains to be seen. It’s still a critical situation with water.” So says Dale Murden from Texas Citrus Mutual of the current situation of Texas and water--how much of it there is…

Laurent La Morella, Lorre:

"Exchange rate, climate change make it harder to keep supplying same quality Israeli dates"

Though delayed, the Israeli date season is now in full swing at Lorre, in Belgium. "We started about three weeks later, with 30% of the crop still hanging on the trees," begins Laurent La Morella. "It's rained some recently, though. If that continues, it could affect those dates that still have to be…

Mandarin volume down post Hurricane Ian

Florida is seeing a drop in tangerine/mandarin production following Hurricane Ian. But, there’s still plenty of good fruit. “We’re still assessing our crops. We have groves in all of the major growing regions across the state. Those regions had varying degrees of damage and impact from Hurricane Ian so…

Are UK potatoes at risk due to climate change?

Some researchers fear that the humble potato may struggle to grow in the UK in years to come, due to the effects of climate change. Take Scotland; it's fields grow a quarter…

US scientists research the effects of smoke from wildfires on potatoes

As increasingly high summer temperatures make fire seasons longer and more intense, a team of scientists is looking at Idaho to see what might happen to potato yields. It was…

Italy

Autumn is still the best time to dig for groundwater

Although we are in mid-autumn, the drought emergency continues to be a concern for several Italian territories, particularly the northern regions. It is a crisis that seems to have been alleviated thanks to artesian wells, for which there has been strong interest this year, with many new drillings. But…

© Lovelyday12 | Dreamstime.com

Pakistan: free quality seed for farmers to help overcome crop shortage

The recent devastating floods have damaged almost 8 million acres of agricultural land countrywide, causing shortages of fruit and vegetables. To overcome crop shortages, the government has decided to distribute free high-quality seeds to the farmers in the flood-hit areas, reports. According to an…

More Colorado River water cuts will affect the US economy

California is in its driest year to date, and this clearly affects the water distribution concerning the Colorado River. That is why the federal government is proposing more…

Sicilian red garlic area once again hit by flood

"We can give the blame to climate change or to destiny, but the truth is that man is behind the floods due to his activities or, rather, lack of maintenance of his works," states Giovanni Manguguerra after the flash flood that hit the Trapani province in Sicily and, especially, Salinagrande near Nubia,…

Tomato farmers in California suffer from years of drought

Tomato farmers in California are being hurt by the state's water crisis as well as inflation. "We pick at the peak of freshness," said Aaron Barcellos of A-Bar Ag Enterprises.…

New South Wales organic cherry grower to increase climate resilience via Woolworths grant

After being thwarted by years of heavy rainfall across New South Wales, organic cherry farmer Luke Cantrill from Cantrill Organics has received a grant of $500,000 from the…

Drought threatens next year’s fruit and vegetable crop in the UK

UK farmers have warned that, if predictions that the drought will last until next summer prove accurate, they will not be able to grow crops next year. Currently, there are…

"As of today, the sowing area could fall by 15 to 20% over the previous season"

Garlic sowing in Spain is expected to fall significantly due to rising costs and drought

Julio Bacete, the president of the National Garlic Table, calculates that the sowing area, to date, may have fallen by 15 to 20% over the previous campaign; a trend that has…

According to producers, more crops will be lost if the situation doesn't improve

Malaga's tomato, avocado, and mango harvests decrease due to the drought in the region

The lack of water has already left its mark on Malaga's countryside. The Provincial Association of Irrigators of Malaga (Aprema) has stated that this year's tomato crops have…

Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture Dreamstime

Fewer potatoes due to drought

According to preliminary estimates by the Special Harvest and Quality Evaluation (BEE), this year's potato harvest will be considerably smaller than those of previous years. According to the German…

Puerto Rico looks to U.S. for more food imports in the short-term

Following Hurricane Fiona sweeping through Puerto Rico in mid-September, there’s no doubt that the island now will rely more heavily on imported product. Martex Farms in Santa Isabel, Puerto Rico is a tropical fruit grower in the Southern part of the island growing mangoes, a largely exported product,…

Hurricane Ian slows production of Boniato/Batata potatoes in Florida

Following Hurricane Ian which made its way through Florida last month, supplies of Boniato/Batata potatoes are tighter than usual. “We had a couple of days of flooding here so that pushed everybody back. The flooding has caused significant damage at some fields. There was a loss of at least 50 percent of…

University of Idaho

Largest grant in university’s history to incentivize climate-smart agriculture

University of Idaho’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences is set to receive up to $55 million, the largest grant in the university’s history, to help Idaho farmers and…

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…

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…


Sign up for our daily Newsletter and stay up to date with all the latest news!

Subscribe I am already a subscriber