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Oil palm farmers in Indonesia to fight microbes with organic fertilizer 

The oil palm industry in Indonesia is turning to organic fertilizer to end the menace of Phythoptora disease, particularly on aging trees. According to agricultural practitioner from West java’s Depak City, Irwan Margono, on May 26, 2024, herbicide residue causes leaf withering. He added that the most vulnerable plantations are those with more than 15 years in...

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U.S.’ milk production falls in April but will exceed 2023’s

Milk production in the United States was down by 69 million pounds (31.364 million liters) year-on-year in April 2024. This is even as the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) forecasts higher overall production in 2024 than in 2023. At 19.1 billion pounds (8.682 billion liters), April’s national output also decreased from March 2024’s by 500 million pounds (227.3...

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South Africa’s naartjie/mandarin harvest promises 31.3 million cartons 

The May 2024 soft citrus season in South Africa is proving strong for naartjies and mandarins, whose production could hit 31.3 million cartons. This impressive yield estimate comes just six months after South Africa announced slightly higher citrus exports in 2023 than 2022’s. Leading the output will be Nardocott/Tango mandarins, whose 2024 volume will rise by 16%...

Kashmir’s strawberry harvest kicks off in Gasso village, promises low yields
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Kashmir’s strawberry harvest kicks off in Gasso village, promises low yields

Kashmir’s strawberry harvest was underway May 21, 2024 at the prominent farming village of Gasso in Srinagar. Though this fruit valley in eastern Pakistan looks pleasant at harvest time, it nevertheless promises low yields due to earlier unfavorable weather. Like in 2023, unpredictable rain and untimely April chill already point to yet another diminished production year in...

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North Dakota’s Paddlefish snagging season ends May 21

The celebrated three-week paddlefish (Polyodon spathula) fishing season in North Dakota has ended, to protect the local fisheries. The harvest period lasted between May 1 and 15, after which followed a snagging and releasing week ending May 21, 2024. Fishermen have not yet divulged the sizes of their catches to compare with recent weight records. So far, the largest...

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Maple Leaf Green World to bring farmers of Coronation, Canada “green pollution-free power”

Coronation town in east-Central Alberta is installing a 12-megawatt (MW) DC solar farm, courtesy of Maple Leaf Green World Inc. According to the company’s press release, Maple Leaf Green World has leased multiple acres of underutilized land in Coronation for the solar farm. While the town will earn tax and lease revenue from the installation, farmers will access...

Brazil orange grove in Avaré
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Orange production in Brazil to retreat to 1988 levels 

Orange production in Brazil could plummet to almost the 1988-89 season’s low levels owing to greening disease’s effect on orange groves.  Accordingly, the orange states of Sao Paulo and Minas Gerais might harvest 233.38 million 40.8 kg bags (9.73 million tonnes). This will be 24.4% below the 2023-24 period’s output and only better than the 1988-89 levels. The projection...

Tomato prices in China shoot up on low early harvest
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Tomato prices in China shoot up on low early harvest

Tomato prices in China are up by at least 10 Yuan ($1.38) per 36 kg box amid a low early harvest. This is happening even as China expects the volume of processed tomatoes in 2024 to rise above 2023 volumes to 11 million tonnes.  Despite these appetizing estimates, so far the early harvest quantity in May is at...

Saudi mango festival showcases tens of varieties
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Saudi mango festival showcases tens of varieties

Since April 26, 2024, the yearly Saudi mango festival has been showcasing tens of varieties in Jazan and Al-Qunfudah areas. The key varieties under showcase are popular within and outside Saudi Arabia, including Tommy Atkins, Langra and Sensation. Most farmers’ showcases have been taking place in Mecca region’s Al-Qunfudah near the Red Sea, which produces 50% of national mangoes.  Despite...

World’s coffee prices rally on insufficient supplies
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World’s coffee prices rally on insufficient supplies

Global coffee prices improved week-on-week on May 20, 2024 on falling supplies due to low rain in Brazil and Vietnam. The futures markets registered a top price of $2.09 per pound against $2.08 a pound in the foregoing week.  A week earlier on May 6, prices had hit $2.04 per pound from April highs, but spiked by 1.96%...