Farms hit hard

The Hazleton Standard-Speaker - - HEALTH & SCIENCE - — THE NEW YORK TIMES

Heat and drought are hav­ing a big im­pact on farms around the world.

In el salvador, a coun­try reel­ing from gang vi­o­lence, farm­ers in the east stared at a failed corn har­vest this sum­mer as tem­per­a­tures soared to a record 107 de­grees fahren­heit. the skies were rain­less for up to 40 days in some places, ac­cord­ing to the gov­ern­ment.

Wheat pro­duc­tion in many coun­tries of the euro­pean union is set to de­cline this year. in bri­tain, wheat yields are pro­jected to hit a five-year low. ger­man farm­ers say their grain har­vests are likely to be lower than nor­mal. and in swe­den, record-high tem­per­a­tures have left fields parched and farm­ers scram­bling to find fod­der for their live­stock.

Palle borgstrom, pres­i­dent of the fed­er­a­tion of swedish farm­ers, said in an in­ter­view that his group es­ti­mated at least $1 bil­lion in agri­cul­tural sec­tor losses.

“We get quite a few phone calls from farm­ers who are ly­ing awake at night and wor­ry­ing about the sit­u­a­tion,” he said. “this is an ex­treme sit­u­a­tion that we haven’t seen be­fore.”

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