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Worst grain harvest in 35 years due to unseasonable weather, Denmark

An immense amount of rainfall followed by drought and hot weather has devastated Danish crops this season, making this year's grain harvest the worst since at least 1983. If you take it crop for crop, it’s the worst harvest in maybe 100 years, one expert...

October 02, 2018

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Severe drought blamed for sharp decline in economy, exports of soy and corn, Argentina

The economy in Argentina declined sharply in the second quarter of 2018 as the country suffers its worst drought in decades and a steep decline in exports of soy and corn. Argentina was once the world's top exporter of soy and corn. According to the national...

September 20, 2018

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Massive floods kill 3.4 million poultry and 5500 hogs, estimates on crop losses still not available, North Carolina

Massive flooding caused by days of extremely heavy rains produced by Hurricane "Florence" killed about 3.4 million chickens and turkeys and 5 500 hogs in North Carolina alone. While it's known the flooding has affected the top 6 agricultural counties...

September 19, 2018

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European vegetable sector in most serious crisis since 1978

The European vegetable processing sector raised concerns last month about potential losses to crop quantity and quality as a result of the very hot summer and prolonged drought conditions in all leading European production regions. Today, these regions have been...

August 08, 2018

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Unusual 'killer' frost hits the Maritimes as temperatures plunge to -4 °C (24.8 °F), Canada

Crops across the Canadian Maritimes sustained widespread damage after a sharp plunge in spring temperatures caused unusual 'killer' frost. On the same day, a rare June snow accompanied by frigid wind chills hit Newfoundland. Environmental Canada issued yet...

June 07, 2018

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Rain and hailstorms damage crops in 135 000 acres in Telangana, India

Unseasonal heavy rains coupled with high-speed wind and hailstorm caused extensive damage to standing crops in nearly 55 000 hectares (135 000 acres) in Telangana district, India between April 1 and 3, 2018. Although the heavy rain brought ease to the people from...

April 03, 2018

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Drought in Argentina and Uruguay, the most expensive weather disaster of 2018

After a severe lack of rainfall during the summer of 2017/18, parts of Argentina and Uruguay are now suffering their worst drought in decades and the most expensive weather-related disaster on the planet so far this year. This is also the most expensive disaster in...

April 03, 2018

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Aquaponics 101: Clean Food in No Time

As part of the "Grow Your Own Food Challenge" for the Grand Solar Minimum, Christian Westbrook, also known as the Ice Age Farmer, answers a question from a friend who is hesitant to start an Aquaponics system, fearing that it will be a huge time...

April 02, 2018

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Hackett Financial Advisors: We’re going to have to come up with new ways of growing food

In a recent interview with AgWeb, the president and CEO of Hackett Financial Advisors, Shawn Hackett, explains why he thinks our civilization will have to come up with new ways of growing food over the next 5 years. "Things are happening that haven’t...

March 16, 2018

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Extreme cold results in severe agricultural damage across Europe, food prices rising

Record-breaking cold temperatures that hit Europe just before the start of 2018 meteorological spring, claiming lives of at least 50 people, are also responsible for severe agricultural damage. While the full extent of the damage won't be clear for quite some...

March 05, 2018

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Peak food as modern agriculture fails

In the following video presentation, Christian Westbrook, also known as the Ice Age Farmer, talks about huge agricultural losses caused by severe weather and suggests that we are now hitting peak food. "There will never be more food available at such low prices...

February 22, 2018

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Unseasonal hailstorm hits India, causing large-scale agricultural damage

A powerful storm accompanied with very damaging hail hit parts of central and southern India over the past couple of days, destroying more than 125 000 hectares (309 000 acres) of crops and killing several people. Such powerful storms are not usual for this region...

February 14, 2018

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Heavy rain, floods ravage Bangladesh rice planting area

Heavy rain and floods that hit Bangladesh this year have hurt prospects for rice area and production in the nation, forcing the country to brace itself for another season of highly probable less productive rice season. Bangladesh, once major rice produced, has...

November 12, 2017

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2017 EU wine harvest at historic low due to extreme weather

New estimates show that 2017 EU wine harvest is at historic low due to extreme weather events ranging from frost to drought. According to figures released by Copa and Cogeca in Brussels on October 10, 2017, the European Union suffered one of the lowest wine harvests...

October 12, 2017

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Models suggest unusually significant cold outbreak in Europe

Both GFS and ECMWF models are suggesting Europe will be hit by two unusually significant cold outbreaks for this time of year starting next week. If this happens, below freezing temperatures would result in a lot of damage to agriculture and push the storm season...

April 10, 2017

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The most extreme drought in 115 years strongly affects food production in Cuba

The 2015 ongoing drought in Cuba has now severely affected about 87 000 tons of country's year rice production, the Ministry of Agriculture (MINAG) stated on December 14, 2015. The drought conditions of this year have now been regarded as the worst over the last...

December 18, 2015

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EU's GMO revolution: More than half of EU member states opt out of GM crop usage

In the US, farmers have been cultivating GMOs since the 1990s and their consumption is by today widespread across the country. In the EU, on the other hand, usage of GMOs has taken a revolutionary turn after a directive passed in April 2015, which now allows EU...

November 30, 2015