Pomegranate grower transitions to 100 percent recycled plastic and renewable energy

POM Wonderful, a grower and producer of fresh pomegranates and pomegranate juice in the U.S., is furthering its commitment to a sustainable future with the transition to 100 percent recycled plastic (rPET) bottles and shifting more than 90 percent of its electricity needs to renewable energy. Throughout…

2022 Confronting Climate Change reports

Electricity is South Africa's highest contributor to farm CO2 emissions, followed by diesel and nitrogen fertilizer

The 2022 Confronting Climate Change (CCC) industry benchmark process builds on 2020 – 2021 datasets and provides a meaningful platform for the South African fruit and wine…

AVA-ASAJA

The losses due to rains and cold in Valencian agriculture could amount to 150 million euro

After two and a half months of persistent rainfall, low temperatures, and lack of sunshine, the farmers of the Valencian Community are starting to see the real damage these weather events have had or will have on most of their crops. A study by the technical services of the Valencian Association of…

Food prices to go up more if 'triple-dip' La Niña creates more chaos

The price of food hasn't been this high in Australia since the last time the nation had back-to-back La Niña weather systems. This happened a decade ago, but now there's a chance the country could be in for a rare "triple-dip" La Niña. That would mean a continuation of the devastating weather that has…

GECO2 project

New tools against climate change also in the fruit and vegetable sector

New tools against climate change is what has been achieved by the GECO2 project, which started in 2019 and is now in its final phase with the presentation of its final report at Macfrut 2022. The fruit and vegetable sector is fully involved in this project with a number of both large and small-scale…

California growers remain watchful of fluctuating weather

“The early spring weather in the Salinas area has been unusual.” So says Mark McBride of Coastline Family Farms in Salinas, California who can’t help but notice the interesting weather changes in the state as of late--cold temperatures, some rain and imminent heat this weekend. McBride had expected to be…

"There hasn't been such a devastating frost in more than 40 years, production losses will be historic"

Catalonia's fruit and vegetable processing plants have been severely affected by the reduction in stone fruit production

70 to 85% of all Catalan stone fruit won't be harvested this summer, as well as 35 to 40% of the pear and 15 to 20% of the apple, according to the first estimates of the Fruit…

Climate change impacts on apples

Apple footprint might decline in Hawke’s Bay, Gisborne and the Waikato

The New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research has issued a series of fact sheets about climate change impacts on the spatial footprint of horticultural crops. The…

Avocado-growing regions in Northland, Bay of Plenty, Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay

Climate change will affect where NZ crops can be grown in the future

The New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research has released a series of fact sheets about climate change impacts on the spatial footprint of horticultural crops. This research was completed under the Ministry for Primary Industries Sustainable Land Management and Climate Change (SLMACC) project…

Climate change impacts on NZ blueberry production

Climate change will affect where crops can be grown in the future. Plant and Food Research has developed models to map how suitable areas around the country currently are, on…

Gal Yarden, Netafim:

“Mitigating and limiting frost impact to save millions of Euros a key priority for growers worldwide”

Extreme frosts are a key part of the impact of global warming. Europe is experiencing more frequent, more intense and more unpredictable spells of frost, which wipe out entire vineyards and orchards, and damage the quality of the crop, not only for the current year, but also the years directly following.…

Europe recovers from last year's frost and will reach 514,561 tons

Catalonia and Aragon lose 67% to 85% of their apricot production due to weather issues

According to the 2022 European apricot harvest forecasts presented today in the framework of the MEDFEL fair in France, Catalonia and Aragon will produce 2,970 and 2,988 tons…

Snow and freezing push back Oregon asparagus season

Snow and cold temperatures have pushed back the start of the Oregon asparagus season. “There’s just more wintery weather than we normally see at this time of year. We do get freezing occasionally but it’s not usually combined with those cold temperatures,” says Shay Myers of Parma, ID-based Owyhee…

April Frost Damage Survey Confirms Huge Fruit and Almond Losses

"This is the worst one-off incident suffered by the Spanish countryside over the 42-year history of agrarian insurance"

The assessment of the damage caused by the frost associated with the Cyril storm on the first weekend of April is progressing rapidly, confirming the worst initial forecasts.…

ClimateAi: Forecasting weather & climate far into future

Startup, ClimateAi, is using artificial intelligence to bring precision weather and long-term forecasts to farmers. The company is set on using AI to maximize weather…

Honduras' citrus fruit exports decrease by up to 50% due to high temperatures

The high temperatures recorded in Honduras in the first quarter of this year have had a strong impact on the citrus campaign. As citrus grower René Bendaña explains, this…

Dole plc joins Freshfel Europe in launching fresh produce Environmental Footprint Initiative

Dole plc is pleased to confirm that it has joined Freshfel, the European fresh produce association in embarking on an Environmental Footprint Initiative to develop a fresh…

Roqué (ASAJA Lérida): "At the moment the agrarian insurance is not attractive"

"Frost damages more than 80% of the fruit crops in Lleida"

According to ASAJA, the frost in April has left losses in Catalonia estimated at more than 600 million euro, the same as in Aragon. In total, some 30,000 hectares of insured…

Agriculture has been one of the main drivers of biodiversity

Biodiversity loss has been identified as a global issue

The first Ecoganic red tip avocados have arrived for sale this week at Perfection Fresh in the Sydney Markets. Ecoganic farming develops and maintains ecosystem restoration and carbon sequestration, which are climate change solutions for the future of Agriculture globally. Blarney Enterprise owners…

California growers had hoped for a wetter winter

As we get deeper into spring, concerns continue to grow in California over drought following a winter that wasn’t as wet as hoped for. “We had a really good December. But there’s been limited rainfall and snow since the beginning of the year,” says Tom Conrado of Classic Fruit Company in Fresno, CA. “The…

The damage recorded in as little as 72 hours accounts for more than 30% of a year's insurance premium

Last weekend's frost was the worst ever agrarian insurance event in Spain

According to the first estimates of Agroseguro, the compensations for the frost in Spain last week, due to the Ciril storm, rose to 150 million euro. "The Arctic front that…

Frost: less damage than last year?

It is still too early for a definitive assessment, but the cold wave that hit France in early April seems to have caused less damage than in 2021. This year’s frost episode should leave fewer wounds in both orchards and spirits. © Frédérick Florin / AFP A relief for many producers who are deeply marked by…

Hungarian agricultural economy in times of climate change

"Climate change is the biggest challenge we will face in the coming years"

For many years, Hungary has been the main supplier of agricultural products, including fruit and vegetables, to the German market. Tons of peppers, tomatoes, stone fruits and the like are sold annually either via German wholesale markets or directly to food retailers. However, Hungarian agriculture is…

Frost damages the production of up to 40 Catalan fruit and almond cooperatives

The Federation of Agricultural Cooperatives of Catalonia (FCAC) met on Monday, in Lleida, with the cooperatives affected by the intense frost of early April. There are a total…

Dole announces $1.5 million electrification project at the Port of San Diego

Dole Food Company announced a $1.5 million dollar electrification project at its West Coast port operation. This project has funded five new electric utility tractor rigs (UTRS) to add to Dole’s growing electric fleet of container transfer trucks.  These new terminal UTRs—adding to two existing electric vehicles…

The cold ravages the cherries crops in the town of Bolea

"Last year there was also a severe frost, but this has been a historic frost"

The cherries were strongly impacted by the recent frosts in the province of Huesca. In fact, the low temperatures recorded in the early hours of Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday,…

Data from LA UNIÓ de Llauradors

The recent frosts in the Region of Valencia caused losses estimated at 50 million Euro

The frosts recorded recently in the Spanish Region of Valencia have already caused losses estimated at more than 50 million Euro, according to data published by LA UNIÓ de Llauradors. This adds to the 11 million that had already been caused by the persistent rains. The data from LA UNIÓ reveal that more than…

PDO Peaches and Apricots of France

Consequences of the frost on French and European stone fruit productions

Luckily, the cold wave that hit many European regions earlier this month seems to have spared the French producers of peaches and apricots, who were severely affected last year.  The temperatures recorded in southeastern France did not reach the levels of last year, and only in a few cases did the temperatures…

80 to 100 kilos of asparagus per hectare could have been lost each day there was frost

Frosts ravage Guadalajara's green asparagus harvest

The frost of the last days could have wiped out the production of asparagus in the province of Guadalajara, as it coincided with the moment when the tips were already…

Emergency aid plan of 20 million euros

Frost: French producers take note of the damage

Despite the installations to fight the frost, many producers were not able to protect their crops. It is still too early to fully assess the damage, but some professionals can already see some considerable damage on their farms. “The most affected crops are the fruit orchards: stone fruit and pome fruit,…

Coldest April night since 1947

French producers hit by the frost again

The frost is back in the French orchards. Candles, spraying, fires…For the second year in a row, producers must work twice as hard to try to save their future harvests.  It is still too early to make assessments, as the cold should last for several more days, but some producers have already observed some significant…

Severe frosts in the stone fruit and pear producing areas of Lleida and Aragon

The cold snap that swept Spain last weekend caused severe frosts in Aragon and Lleida, which are important producing areas of mid-season and late stone fruit, as well as pears, among other crops. It is feared that these frosts have caused significant damage to fruit trees. The actual extent of the…

French fruit growers and vineyards endure coldest April day in 75 years

Overnight Sunday and early Monday, French wine and fruit growers have been unpleasantly surprised by the coldest April day since 1947. This is the second straight year they…

LA UNIÓ de Llauradors

Persistent rains in the Valencian Community have caused direct losses estimated at more than 11 million euro

LA UNIÓ prepared a report on the persistent rains that have affected the Valencian countryside over the last two weeks and the resulting balance is direct losses of more than 11.2 million euro in nearly 25,000 hectares of crops, in addition to the damage caused to agricultural infrastructures, which is…

France: Producers in Alsace concerned about the lack of rain

Producing fruit and vegetables could become problematic in the Alsace region. Rain has been scarce in Alsace for the past few months, the first time in nearly 60 years. Forced…

Gates Foundation and Qatar to spend $200 million on climate-adaptive agriculture

Qatar and the Gates Foundation will jointly invest up to $200 million over the next two years to help prepare farmers in developing countries to adapt to climate change. The…

California cherry growers turn to breeders to combat climate woes

In recent years, Kern County cherry growers were frustrated by warmer winters and hotter springs. Luckily, breeders -including locally based IFG- are working on new cherry…

AVA-ASAJA

Damage to citrus, vegetables and fruit trees feared if rains persist in the Region of Valencia

AVA-ASAJA has warned that "the persistent rainfall may end up causing serious damage to some crops in the Region of Valencia - especially citrus fruits, vegetables, stone…

UN International Fund for Agricultural Development

IFAD funds project to combat climate change and enhance Bolivian food security

The UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Government of Bolivia have signed a financing agreement that initiates the implementation of the…

East Coast floods making things even worse for hurting horti sector

Heavy rainfall and flood damage across Tairāwhiti on the Northeast Coast of the North Island of New Zealand has added to the challenges for the horticulture sector. It…

Carsten Pfau, Agri Terra: Dreamstime

Drought threatens Paraguay's orange crop

The summer, which is now slowly coming to an end, was without doubt one of the hottest and driest in Paraguay in recent decades. Temperatures above 50 degrees Celsius were at…

Research in the Philippines shows:

Root and tuber crops boost climate resilience

Research in the Philippines published in the International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction examines how root crops – particularly sweet potato and cassava – helped…

Fluctuating Arizona temperatures push prices to spike on lettuce

“Things are pretty tough on lettuce out here.” So says Mark McBride of Coastline Family Farms in Salinas, CA of the lettuce markets out of Yuma, AZ right now which have seen escalating prices thanks to swinging weather patterns. “There’s a lot of small iceberg lettuce right now. Typically the majority of…

The impact of the recent California freeze on cherry pollination

About two weeks ago, parts of California experienced a four-day period where nighttime temperatures went below freezing, registering a low of 27°F. The freeze came at a time when some of the state’s cherry trees were in full bloom. Chris Medeiros with Meena Farms discusses what he has been observing in…

UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report

'Europe should be very wary of climate change'

A recent report states that, for Europe, heat and flooding in addition to agricultural losses and water scarcity will be major climate impacts. And while European awareness of…


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