Tag: Climate/Weather

Severe heatwave in Southern and Eastern Europe ravishes cultivation and trade of fruits and vegetables

The long-lasting heatwave in Southern and Eastern Europe is having a major effect on the cultivation and trade of fruits and vegetables, especially in Italy and the Balkans. Certain harvests are several weeks advanced already, which is why there’s now a larger supply of fruits and vegetables in some countries. However, in the long term, the heat could cause enormous shortages.[Read[Read More…]

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‘It’s shaping up to be a good year’ for Washington State potatoes

Last winter’s heavy snowfall and a wet 2017 spring put Washington potato growers in the fields later than the 2016 season, but reports from the Washington State Potato Commission indicate a good crop is coming in. Chris Voigt, executive director of the Moses Lake, WA-headquartered organization, told The Produce News on July 25 all signs are positive. “We planted later than the past couple[Read[Read More…]

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Germany: Organic potatoes damaged by heavy rain and potato beetles

Especially in the Northern parts of Germany, the largest production area of organic potatoes nationwide, there were rainfalls of more than 100 liters per square meter two weeks ago, causing severe damage. At the same time, the potato beetle which is attacking weakened plants, is gaining ground. The very few organic remedies, such as the oil of the neem tree, are[Read[Read More…]

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Peru: Potatoes, the ‘real gold’ of the Incas

The humble potato is known the world over, but native Peruvian varieties can look quite a bit different than most of us are used to. Some are red or blue, others are long and skinny. More then 4,500 potato varieties are grown in Peru. The wealth of varieties is a natural treasure that’s worth preserving, especially in the face of[Read[Read More…]

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Northern Ireland: Maincrop potatoes – two weeks ahead of schedule at Wilsons

The first of this year’s maincrop potatoes will be dug during the second week of July, according to Wilson’s Country CEO Angus Wilson. “This is almost a fortnight ahead of the usual start date to the season,” he added. “As a result of the mild spring, crops were planted early and soil conditions have remained excellent. The combination of heat,[Read[Read More…]

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La pomme de terre face au changement climatique

En congrès à Versailles, 450 chercheurs de 51 pays vont phosphorer toute la semaine sur le devenir de la bonne vieille “patate”. Les membres de l’EAPR (qui fête ses 60 ans) ont du pain sur la planche. La troisième plante alimentaire consommée au monde (derrière le blé et le riz) n’est pas en effet convoitée que par les hommes. Insectes et[Read[Read More…]

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Northern Ireland: Great weather for spuds sees harvest arrive fortnight early

Northern Ireland’s main crop potatoes are being harvested two weeks ahead of schedule after a year of perfect growing conditions. The favourable conditions also contributed to an overall 5% increase in the total acreage of potatoes grown here – a trend replicated in the Republic and in Britain. Angus Wilson, chief executive with Wilson’s Country Ltd potato growers in Portadown, said the[Read[Read More…]

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Spain: Potato prices fall due to oversupply

Potato prices have hit rock-bottom in Spain and Europe due to an oversupply in all early potato producing countries, amongst other factors, explained Ángel Muñoz, director of Intersur, a Spanish potato producer. “We want to inform people about the actual causes of this situation after the statements made in social networks and the media by Asociafruit and certain Andalusian producers, which are[Read[Read More…]

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Heavy rain damages potato crop in Ontario, Canada

After a month of good growing conditions and positive reports amid sporadic news on disease potential, word from one of Ontario’s potato-growing regions is that roughly 1,000 acres of potatoes have been lost due to flooding. Drenching rains in midwestern Ontario have left both commercial fields and variety plots ruined. Rainfall amounts from June 22 to 23 varied in the potato-growing areas,[Read[Read More…]

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Bad year for French potato production

Potato production in France has decreased for the second year in a row to 6.8 million tons, 4% below the volume recorded last year and 5% below the five year average. 2015/2016 had already seen a 12% decrease compared to 2014/2015 due to the drought over the summer in 2015. Despite an increase in acreage (+5% in a year), the[Read[Read More…]

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Pepsico: ‘New emission targets keep global warming below two degrees Celcius’

Earlier this week, PepsiCo confirmed that its ambitious new target for greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction has been verified and approved by the Science Based Targets Initiative as being in line with what climate science says is necessary to keep global warming below two degrees Celsius. The global food and beverage company has committed to work to reduce absolute GHG emissions[Read[Read More…]

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Japan’s potato shortage could last until the fall

Hokkaido’s potato farmers haven’t recovered from last summer’s typhoons, which means consumers will have to wait until at least fall before the usual range of potato chip products returns to store shelves. The farm ministry expects the chip shortage to last until the island prefecture’s next harvest gets underway in September. About 80 percent of Japan’s potatoes are grown in[Read[Read More…]

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Potatoes to take root in Cambodia

Cambodia’s eastern Mondulkiri province will become the country’s first hub for potato growing after a successful pilot project, researchers say.  Cheang Hong, of the Potato Research Center at the Royal University of Agriculture, said a team spent several months studying weather conditions, potato varieties and farming.  Mr. Hong said some varieties need cool weather while some need warm weather. They[Read[Read More…]

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US: WSU researcher warns Columbia Basin growers against planting too early

While the calendar may be telling farmers it’s time to plant vegetables across the Columbia Basin, mother nature is telling one potato researcher otherwise. Washington State University commercial vegetable specialist Tim Waters says the wet winter in the Tri-Cities is presenting challenging soil conditions for farmers and they should delay their planting. In addition, one potato farmer in Pasco is[Read[Read More…]

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US: Uncertainty for seed growers

By Mike Telford – Chairman, UPGA Seed Division. Commodity prices are in the tank. Fresh table-stock potato returns in the West are a disaster; returns are below production cost for the fifth year in a row. Red and Yellow-potato prices are good but growers generally had a disaster on the farm side like what happened in the Red River Valley with[Read[Read More…]

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Argentina: Entry of Brazilian potatoes causes concern

The National Federation of Potato Producers (Fenapp), which has been affected by the climate and other factors that may have undermined the crop’s development throughout the country, expressed its dissatisfaction with the arrival of Brazilian potatoes at the Central Market. “We know there is a need for much more bilateral trade within the framework of regional integration and as a result[Read[Read More…]

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After strong growth, South African potato exports down 18%

South Africa is self-sufficient in potatoes. 2015 was an exceptionally good year with a harvest of 250 million 10kg bags, which fell to 214 million 10kg bags in 2016 due to drought and excessive heat. This year it appears as if the area under potatoes is somewhat less, but a better harvest than last year can be expected, says Dr[Read[Read More…]

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Canada: Warmer, drier climate with plenty of variability

Since there is no immediate “fix” for the weather, Canadian potato farmers have to be ready for change and be adaptable, advises David Phillips, senior climatologist with Environment Canada. The climate is changing. Although it may not seem like it during specific weather events – exceptional rainstorms and severe cold snaps – evidence predicts climate over the coming years will be[Read[Read More…]

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