Agriculture

patagonia cold weather july 30 2020

Patagonia reels from one of its worst winters in 20 years, agricultural emergency declared

Residents in South America's Patagonia region are experiencing one of the area's harshest winters in the last 20 years. Intense rains, heavy snowfall, and below-freezing temperatures also affected the agricultural sector, prompting authorities to declare an...

August 01, 2020

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Bee population decline threatens major crop yields in U.S and global food security

Crop yields for major crops such as apples, blueberries, and cherries across the U.S. are being limited by a lack of pollinators due to the decline of the wild bee population, according to new research, which was the most comprehensive study of its kind. Researchers...

July 30, 2020

locust italy july 21 2020

Locust plague spreads to Europe as Sardinia sees worst attack in 70 years, Italy

After ravaging countries in Africa, the Middle East, and India, swarms of locust have now made their way to Europe as the Italian region of Sardinia recently saw its worst attack in 70 years. Around 30 000 ha (74 000 acres) of crops have been affected in Nuoro City...

July 22, 2020

hailstorm minnesota july 11 2020

Severe hailstorm causes extensive crop damage in Minnesota, U.S.

Farmers and agriculture experts are now counting the financial impacts incurred by a severe storm in Minnesota on July 11, 2020. Winds of up to 80 km/h (50 mph) and hail as big as 63.5 mm (2.5 inches) battered thousands of hectares of land in counties from Kandiyohi...

July 20, 2020

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More than 58 000 ha (143 000 acres) of rice damaged as 'worst' drought in history hits Mekong Delta

More than 58 000 ha (143 000 acres) of rice have been damaged in Mekong Delta due to the region's worst drought in history, according to Vietnam's Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD). The MARD, in cooperation with the People's Committee...

June 23, 2020

swine flu nigeria june 19 2020

Nearly 1 million pigs culled amid 'worst ever' swine fever outbreak in Nigeria

Farmers are estimating that up to one million pigs had been culled as Nigeria deals with an outbreak of African swine fever, which they describe as the worst and largest ever. The African Swine Flu (ASF) began around Lagos and parts of neighboring Ogun earlier this...

June 20, 2020

ireland drought june 18 2020

Ireland's total grain output in 2020 to drop by 100 million euros after driest spring since 1847

The total output from the grain sector in Ireland this year is expected to drop by at least 100 million euros due to prolonged drought. According to semi-state research authority Teagasc, the overall output will decline from the usual 2.3 million tonnes to under 1.9...

June 18, 2020

spain hailstorm june 17 2020

Massive hailstorm hits northeastern Spain, expected to drastically affect European stone fruit season

A massive hailstorm hit the stone fruit growing areas in northeastern Spain on Tuesday evening, June 16. 2020, causing extensive damage right before the harvest. According to growers, this is a big disaster that will drastically affect not only the Spanish but also...

June 17, 2020

hailstorm morocco june 8 2020

Severe hailstorm causes major damage to agriculture and properties in Fez-Meknes, Morocco

An intense hailstorm lashed Fez-Meknes in Morocco over the weekend, causing major damage to properties. The Ministry of Agriculture also reported that the storm affected about 9 100 ha (22 500 acres) of agricultural land in 27 rural communities.​ Photos and videos...

June 10, 2020

locusts june 5 2020

Locust swarms spreading to summer breeding areas of southwest Asia and West Africa

The unprecedented threat of desert locust to food security and livelihoods continues in the Horn of Africa and it is also very likely to spread to southwest Asia and perhaps West Africa, according to a situation update by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization...

June 05, 2020

ireland drought june 5 2020

Northern Ireland under worst drought since 1976

Farmers in Northern Ireland are facing the worst drought since 1976. It came after an unusually dry spell and the sunniest spring ever, with records dating back to 1929. Allan Chambers, a member of the UFU's Seeds and Cereals Committee, said the lack of rainfall...

June 05, 2020

hailstorm portugal may 31 2020

Severe hailstorm damages harvest worth more than 20 million dollars in northern Portugal

A devastating hailstorm lashed parts of northern Portugal on Sunday, May 31, 2020, causing more than 20 million dollars' worth of damage to this year's fruit harvest. Areas in the north, including around Viseu and Fundao, Castelo Branco, Belmonte, Covilha,...

June 02, 2020

locust iran may 28 2020

Iran faces worst locust plague in 50 years, recent attacks unprecedented

Iran is under its worst desert locust outbreak in the past 50 years and for the second year in a row. Compared with last year, the swarms of desert locusts are much larger, and it is safe to claim that the recent attacks are unprecedented, officials said. According...

May 29, 2020

india locust swarm may 27 2020

India under worst locust attack in nearly 30 years

Massive swarms of locusts are wreaking havoc across western and central India, already destroying almost 50 000 ha (124 000 acres) of cropland. The outbreak has affected Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh and has also begun impacting Uttar Pradesh's Jhansi district on...

May 28, 2020

damaged fruits israel may 25 2020

Historic heatwave expected to cause millions' worth of damage to crops in Israel

The past weeks' extreme and prolonged heatwave in Israel is expected to cause agricultural damage worth more than 8.5 million dollars or 30 million shekels, a spokesperson for the KANAT Insurance Fund for Natural Risks in Agriculture said. The Israel...

May 26, 2020

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Millions of cicadas expected to emerge in parts of eastern U.S. after 17 years underground

After spending 17 years underground, as many as 1.5 million cicadas per acre may emerge in parts of the eastern U.S. this year, Virginia Tech said in a news release. Residents in Southwest Virginia, parts of North Carolina, and West Virginia could witness such a...

May 26, 2020

locust plague pakistan may 7 2020

Second and unprecedented wave of locust invasion expected to hit Pakistan

Another unprecedented wave of locust plague is expected to hit Pakistan by the end of May 2020, posing threats of food security crisis and livelihood losses. The invasion will start from the southwestern province of Balochistan, passing through the cropping area of...

May 08, 2020