crop loss mapping News

  • Record-breaking $17.3 billion in crop losses last year; significant portion potentially avoidable

    Report shows county-by-county analysis of impacts in the ten states with highest crop insurance losses due to extreme weather: Extreme weather forced the Federal Crop Insurance Program (FCIP) to pay out a record-breaking $17.3 billion in crop losses last year, much of which could have been prevented using water-smart strategies, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. Payments ...

  • Basic food crops dangerously vulnerable

    In the case of wheat, for instance, as a deadly new strain of Black Stem Rust devastates harvests across Africa and Arabia, and threatens the staple food supply of a billion people from Egypt to Pakistan, the areas where potentially crop and life-saving remnant wild wheat relatives grow are only minimally protected. “Our basic food plants have always been vulnerable to attack from new strains of ...

  • Wild Bee Decline Threatens U.S. Crop Production

    The first national study to map U.S. wild bees suggests they’re disappearing in many of the country’s most important farmlands — including California’s Central Valley, the Midwest’s corn belt and the Mississippi River valley. If losses of these crucial pollinators continue, the new nationwide assessment indicates that farmers will face increasing costs — and ...


    By University of Vermont

  • A Focus on Crop Yields – Liquid Fertiliser Tanks To Lower Overheads

    Aberdeen Press and Journal discuss this week how arable farmers can cut costs and boost yields. To leverage a return on investment, growers must of course minimise the cost per tonne produced and one such way of doing this is to maximise crop yield. But obviously, according to BASF’s Scottish agronomy manager, Dudley Kitching, there is no ‘silver bullet’ to achieve increased ...


    By ENDURAMAXX

  • Modern rice information system helps DA plan and respond to disasters

    Reliable information based on satellite data and ground observations can help the Philippines prepare for and mitigate the effect of recurring disasters, such as typhoons and El Niño, on rice areas in Mindanao.  Since 2014, the Philippine Rice Information System (PRISM) has been providing the Department ...

  • Bayer innovations help secure world record barley harvest

    Innovative crop protection solutions from Bayer CropScience have helped a New Zealand farming couple break the world record yield for barley. Warren and Joy Darling, from Timaru in the country’s South Island, produced 13.8 tonnes per hectare, easily breaking the previous record of 12.2 tonnes held by Scottish grower Stockton Park since 1989. The new record was officially ratified by ...


    By Bayer CropScience AG

  • Drought Poses major risks to companies in China

    Reduced power, blocked supply chains are reminder of water risks. For the last five months, a severe drought in central China has brought water levels in the Yangtze River to near-record lows. The drought’s impacts – from threatened drinking water supplies to disruptions in manufacturing – have rippled through the population and economy of China. They are a reminder of the ...

  • Environment: Pooling information to combat the threat of alien species in Europe

    How many plants can be found in the Alps that are not native to that region? Which animals were deliberately or accidently introduced to the Danube? How big a threat will they become to local wildlife? EASIN, the European Alien Species Information Network, launched today by the European Commission's in-house science service, the Joint Research Centre (JRC), takes a first step towards answering ...

  • Indonesia’s ambitious forest moratorium moves forward

    A summary of key elements, and unanswered questions, in Indonesia’s recent moratorium on new forest permits. On May 20, 2011, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono signed a Presidential Instruction (“decree”) putting into effect ...

  • Pesticide drift is persistent problem for farmers

    The cloud of insecticide that drifted from a neighbor's corn field onto the asparagus on Andrew and Melissa Dunham's central Iowa farm cast a shadow over their organic vegetable business. They say the costs from the incident and resulting loss of organic certification on their asparagus patch for three years will reach about $74,000, and they're now working with the sprayer's insurance company. ...


    By Associated Press

  • New satellite sensing tool for improving agricultural land use observation

    FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) data indicate that annually 2500 km3 of freshwater are used for agricultural production, which amounts to 70% of the water resources the whole of humanity consumes in a year. With the global population continuing to grow at a high pace, it is essential to optimize the use of water resources and to increase agricultural production in ...

  • Greater focus on soil health needed to feed a hungry planet

    More attention to the health and management of the planet's soils will be needed to meet the challenge of feeding a growing world population while coping with climate change and increased scarcity of natural resources, FAO Deputy Director-General Maria Helena Semedo today told a group of leading soil scientists and research organizations gathered at the UN agency's Rome headquarters to mark World ...

  • World environment day 2011 - celebrating the forests that sustain us.

    World Environment Day (WED) is an annual event on June 5th that is becoming the biggest and most widely celebrated global day for positive environmental action. This year's WED theme - chosen by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) -  is 'Forests: Nature at Your Service', which is meant to highlight the crucial environmental, economic and social roles played by the world's ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Soybean Farmers Support Farm Bill Conference Report, Urge House and Senate to Vote “Yes”

    The farmers of the American Soybean Association (ASA) congratulated conferees from the House and Senate as the final version of the much-anticipated farm bill was filed with the House clerk tonight and awaits action on the floor as soon as Wednesday. ASA supports the bill, which provides for multiple soybean farmer priorities, most notably a flexible farm safety net that includes a choice between ...

  • Maryland, Michigan Farmers Keep Soil, Environment Healthy

    As farming practices increasingly attract interest from the general public, two farmers are ensuring they meet public approval. They use proven management practices that focus on improving soil quality and maintaining a quality natural environment. In fact, getting the right nutrients to where they belong and in the right amounts when they’re needed enables them to improve yields while ...

  • Ice melting faster everywhere

    From the Arctic sea ice to the Antarctic interior and the mountainous peaks of Peru, Alaska, and Tibet, ice is melting at an alarming rate. The accelerating loss of ice sheets, sea ice, and glaciers is one of the most powerful and striking indicators of a warming climate. The most notable ice loss in recent years has been the shrinking of sea ice in the Arctic Ocean. From the beginning of the ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • Sustainability commitments of peat-heavy industry

    In Southeast Asia about 25% of plantations are currently on peat and some companies have more than 75% of their plantations on these carbon rich soils. But an increasing number of palm oil and pulp wood producing giants are announcing their commitments to no deforestation and no peatland conversion. What are their real intentions for peatlands? Draining peatlands for ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Symposium Tackles Golden Horseshoe’s Ag Identity

    The Town of Lincoln and Niagara College hosted an agricultural symposium last week, inviting 90 people in the agricultural sector from across the Golden Horseshoe to talk about growing the food and farming cluster in the region. In the photo, answering questions from the audience are presenters, from left: VRIC CEO Jim Brandle, GHFFA executive director Janet Horner, Food and Beverage Ontario ...

  • Questions and answers on the new proposal for a regulation on preventing and managing invasive alien species

    What are invasive alien species (IAS)? Alien species are plants, animals, fungi and micro-organisms that have been transported across ecological barriers such as mountain ranges, or oceans as a result of human intervention, and have become established in an area outside their natural range. About a quarter of these species are brought into Europe intentionally, for their beauty, ...

  • The 2012 LIFE+ projects

    Austria 4 projects (14.5 million) LIFE+ Environment Policy and Governance (1 project – 3.6 million) LIFE-URBANLAKE (Stadt Wien – Magistratsabteilung 45 – Wiener Gewässer): This project intends to define strategies to reduce the vulnerability of the “Alte Donau” from effects of climate ...

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